While earning her BFA in Fiber Arts from Savannah College
of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2003, Claire Sanchez moved away
from her background in sculpture and fine art, and began creating
a line of functional, artistic objects. Using her knowledge
of textiles and her skills in surface design, Claire started
embellishing everyday objects such as silk lampshades and
pillows, and elevated everyday household accessories to functional
works of art. Claire continued to become more interested in
the "art of the object", and exploring the connection
we have with the things around us.
While creating a line of hand-embellished accessories, she
perfected a method of applying copper leaf to fabric, which
is now her signature mark as seen in the Precious Metals Collection.
Handbags eventually became Claire's primary canvas, after
seeing her first line flourish in Savannah, Georgia. She then
returned to her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and formed
her company, Claire Sanchez Studios, Llc.
Claire now devotes her time to developing her handbag collections,
which are made up of three distinct lines. The collections
include an array of graphic cotton prints, vintage textiles,
and hand-embellished silks.
In her first line, the bold cotton prints and colorful linings
combine to create modern, functional handbags and totes that
are available in an endless assortment of patterns and colors.
They are easily interchanged to compliment any mood or style
and there are two lines available every year, one in the spring
and one in fall.
The handbags and totes of the Limited Edition Vintage Collection
are created from genuine vintage fabrics found at estate sales,
auctions and thrift stores. Because the quantities of these
fabrics are limited, these handbags are continually changing.
After customers purchase a bag, they may never see another
The silk dupioni bags of the Precious Metals Collection,
Claire's signature line, are copper leafed by hand using a
heat transfer process developed by Claire. Claire and her
assistant individually embellish each Precious Metals handbag
at Claire Sanchez Studios making each one more unique. In
February of 2005, Claire's Precious Metals no. 1, green handbag
was chosen and included in the presenter's gift bags for the
2005 Screen Actor's Guild Awards in Los Angeles.
Claire's work has been featured in Country Living (April
2004), Jet bunny (May 2004), local magazines, and can also
be seen in the April 2005 issue of Vogue. She currently takes
orders online and at her studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Claire's handbags can also be found in retailers across the
country. Prices range from $60.00 to $85.00. Please visit
the company website at www.clairesanchez.com
for more information, a complete list of retailers, and to
view the current collection of Claire Sanchez handbags and