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I asked directly until my hunch was confirmed: Stephanie Dawn comes from a family manufacturing company in Ohio that originally made Vera Bradley until Vera left and went to China.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.
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.
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!