Made in USA Review & Giveaway: Stephanie Dawn designs are fresh, fun and always American-made

I try to buy American when I can, but there are some products I truly love and I will buy them no matter where they are made, until I find a better alternative.  Stephanie Dawn is the alternative I have been looking for.  They are the proud American creators of a fun, colorful line of quilted bags and accessories, available in a huge range of fabrics, all made in Ohio. I am their newest collector.

Colorful quilted bags have been growing in popularity, gradually over the decades, and are now carried and collected by girls and women of all ages.  Much of this popularity was developed by Vera Bradley, a brand once made in the USA, but now made in China.  I’ll go ahead and “out” myself: I am still a huge Vera fan.  Their fabrics are colorful, their products are well-made, and they were just plain fun to collect.  Over the years, I learned to spot a “Vera knock-off” from a mile away because the copies never had the detail I had come to expect in fabric or design. But from the moment I spotted Stephanie Dawn, I knew this was no knock-off.

Even on the computer screen, the Stephanie Dawn fabrics grabbed my attention.  They were colorful and intricate with coordinating trim and thoughtful design in a way that is both fun and fresh.  Once I got my hands on their products, I could see that the attention to detail was there and the patterns were even more engaging in person.  These did not feel like knock-offs. They felt like originals.  In fact they were.  I started by beating around the bush and eventually I asked directly until my hunch was confirmed: Stephanie Dawn comes from a family manufacturing company in Ohio that originally made Vera Bradley until Vera left and went to China.  Now we are lucky enough to have Stephanie Dawn continuing to create fabulous prints and fun accessories here in the United States. They are my new favorite.

The Tote
Stephanie Dawn makes a huge range of products from purses to backpacks to travel cases to accessories like checkbook covers and lanyards.  They are a trend that runs from tweens to boomers. Many women like to pick a pattern they love and collect as many pieces as they can.  A pattern we love from the Stephanie Dawn line is the new America Red and its coordinating partner America Blue.  It brings to mind the classic bandana pattern with pretty, feminine details and bright summer tones.  We love the large square-bottom tote bag because it has six interior pockets to keep you organized.  It also has two open and one zippered pocket on the outside to keep your keys and essentials handy. There is a thoughtful toggle button closure and a removable flat bottom that gives the bag structure but allows machine washing to freshen it up as needed. It is popular for going to the pool, the beach, or for tossing last-minute items in the car for a summer road trip. Feels like summer already.

The Giveaway
Visit the Stephanie Dawn website to see their selection of vibrant, American-made designs then enter to win. One of our readers will have this bag packed and ready to go in time for the summer season. We are giving away a Stephanie Dawn Large square bottom beach tote for FREE with opportunities for multiple daily entries including “Pin It to Win It” options for Pinterest fans. Good luck!

Just click the Do It! button for further instructions on each entry. This giveaway will close at midnight on 5/31. A winner will be randomly selected, verified for correct entry participation, and notified by email.a Rafflecopter giveaway

 [Disclosure: USA Love List received this product unconditionally for review purposes. Our opinions are always our own, and we aim to write fair and balanced reviews to promote only the very best of American-made products.]

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About The Author

Post by Sarah Wagner

Sarah is the founder of USA Love List and MITUSA Media. She lives near Philadelphia but is a native and summer resident of Michigan. A mom of two who loves to travel, Sarah's current projects were inspired by a cross-country RV trip.


  1. I like the cross body cargo because I need lots of room for my kids stuff!
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  2. heatherlm4 says:

    I really like several patterns of the e-reader case. Shocking since I am not afraid to admit I'm not a Vera Bradley fan.

  3. The Uptown bag is my favorite. Great summer go everwhere bag.

  4. Love that you outted yourself! Even the best of USA made product promotion allows their self wiggle room. It makes it easier to support when you don't rake your self over the coals.
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  5. The uptown tote in Soho is beautiful!
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  6. The messenger bag in mocha paisley is also gorgeous!!
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  7. Wow! I didn't realize that VB was now made out of the country. I have a purse from them I love because of the bright colors. In fact, it's time to pull it out for spring.

  8. Kathy S says:

    I like the Pippa bag.

  9. MommaMary says:

    I really like the cross body cargo in the mocha paisley.

  10. I love the Carry One bag in the Queensbury style

  11. i like the midtown tote, seems to be a good size for everyday. i like the shorter strap.

  12. Madeline says:

    I like the Shoulder bag in French Quarter because I like small feminine bags, and I'd use it as my every day purse.

  13. How cool that Stephanie Dawn could save those jobs and that factory! I'm a Vera Bradley fan, too, but I think my next bag needs to come from Stephanie Dawn.

  14. MommaMary says:

    I love the uptown tote in conjunction with the mini made with the catalina style material

  15. I like the carry on! It would be great for overnight or weekender trips. Several of the patterns fit my style.

  16. I love all the totes especially the duffle

  17. MommaMary says:

    I like the Cross Body Cargo in kaleidoscope

  18. laura ari says:

    Pippa bag

  19. I love all the totes, they are modern and classy.

  20. E tablet covers are awesome!! Thanks for the great giveaway
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  21. I just love the Uptown tote!

  22. Oh Man,the shoulder bag is the cutest!Thanks a lot for the chance!

  23. I would love to win the Uptown bag for my wife, it is her style.

  24. Thanks so much for giveaway! So glad I found it. I love either the shoulder bag or the uptown bag! God bless!

  25. Colleen says:

    I love the XL Tote, it looks like something I could use for a weekend away.

  26. Love them all, can I have one of each. I use to buy Vera but not since she took her factory out of the country. Hello Stephanie, good bye Vera…….

  27. I just found Stephanie Dawn thru my local retailer and can't wait to shop it. I LOVE that it's made in the USA!!! I don't have a favorite…yet! 😉

  28. MommaMary says:

    I like the Everything Wristlet. It would be great in your bag, to be pulled out when you don't want to carry a big purse.

  29. Melissa says:

    Love the ereader case. Would be hard to pick a favorite pattern as they are all wonderful!

  30. Charlene says:

    Love Stephanie Dawn, I have a bloom dance fabric purse. You are right her colors are great and the craftsmanship is superb

  31. I have several pieces of Stephanie Dawn…quality products. I've gotten XL totes, purses, cosmetic bags, sunglasses cases, ID wallets…lots for graduation, birthday and Christmas gifts. And proud to say to everyone that these are AMERICAN MADE!

  32. Jennifer says:

    I always look for USA made products and appreciate any insight as to what is new and upcoming!

  33. I love the coin purses. So cute and so useful!
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  34. I love the Around Town in Midnight Expresso

  35. MommaMary says:

    I like that the product is producing jobs here in the US. I also like the product itself, it's roomy, has compartments and is beautiful!

  36. Love them all, I would love any of them……

  37. Cheryl Lipscomb says:

    I am also a huge Vera fan and I also am a Stephanie Dawn fan. I just love good quality quilted handbags and Vera Bradley and Stephanie Dawn are that. Neither of them is a knock off of the other.

  38. Heather says:

    I have a square bottom tote from SD that I use for everything from work to a diaper bag. I love it but I'm ready for a new one. I'm loving the bella flora and kaleidoscope patterns.

  39. LOVE the Minnie — and only $24!
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  40. I love the messenger baby bag because it's functional and stylish

  41. MommaMary says:

    I want an ereader cover to match the bag I win!!!

  42. LOVE the travel duffle. So many color combinations!!!
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  43. meredith says:

    i love the hobo bag – all her colors are great!

  44. MommaMary says:

    I like the coin purse. Perfect to go with my Cross Body Cargo

  45. The Uptown Tote is a lovely and handy style!

  46. the Jitney string bag — perfect for the pool!
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  47. Made in America…LOVE IT! Loving the totes,loving the specialty bags, the bright fun colors and designs…WTG Stephanie Dawn!! You Rock !! prices are so reasonable….I'll be putting these beautiful bags on MY christmas list, giving and getting Made in the USA
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  48. MommaMary says:

    I love the little minni. How perfect to have it in the tote and just grab the minni & go

  49. My favorite is the Cross Body Cargo bag in the Mocha Paisley fabric because I love the color and design of the material!

  50. Love the uptown tote in red. Perfect for the Memorial day Weekend!
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  51. I would love the backpack in Bella Flora for my 9 year old daughter 🙂

  52. Kristen says:

    I like the Uptown tote because it looks like a great bag.

  53. MommaMary says:

    The backpack would be perfect when I have a day with the grandkids. Extra snacks would fit right in the pack, along with handwipes, and juice packs.

  54. I love my ID Wristlet in French Quarter. Definitely adding to my collection. I am also a VB fan convert to Stephanie Dawn. I hope Stephanie Dawn starts to make some larger duffel's and carry-on's.

  55. I love the shape of the Uptown Tote – also LOVE the fact that all Stephanie Dawn is made in the USA. I also posted about your giveaway on your blog. However, just a quick clarification – not all Vera Bradley is made in China. I live in Fort Wayne (their home city) and they still have a manufacturing facility here, although unfortunately, a lot of their products are now made overseas.
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  56. Heading to an amusement park today for a school trip. The wristlet is a great solution to carrying my 'stiff!”
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  57. MommaMary says:

    I love the Hobo bag, it looks like it would be so comfortable to carry on your shoulder.

  58. I love the Hobo in Kaleidoscope. Such a cute bag!

  59. Keara B. says:

    I like the Uptown Tote because of the beautiful prints and it would help keep me organized!

  60. MommaMary says:

    I love the cosmetic case and especially like that I can get matching fabric for every item that I wish to buy! This would be so great for my cosmetics when on vacation.

  61. I keep going back to your carry on bags and I love them. When I travel, i'm using a small carry on and these bags are perfectly compact and stylish.

  62. twitted this today

  63. I love the xtra large tote in the print 10037-003 and would use it as a purse/diaper bag

  64. Ginger b. says:

    Love the cross body cargo. We also look for American made. Thanks for letting me know about this place.

  65. MommaMary says:

    I love that there is a matching checkbook cover. Love that it's made in the USA!

  66. Angela Hartness says:

    I like the Cross Body Cargo Handbag in the Sea Blossom design. I would use it as my daily handbag,

  67. Pippa Bag!

  68. katie smith says:

    I love the Uptown Tote!

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