PATRIOT LEDGER - Twenty-three-year-old Lindsay Reilly built her handbag business, Lindsay Tia Designs, based on her personal motto: “Design who you are in honor of being you.”
“I want to create something that tells a story about yourself, a memory or an experience,” she said.
A designer at heart with an undergraduate degree in fashion merchandising, Reilly learned how to sew when she was 6 years old. She was influenced by her sewing instructor, whom she refers to as Miss Karen, to whom a handbag design is dedicated.
During high school, Reilly continued sewing. In college, she began making bags her freshman year.
“When people started recognizing my bags, I thought I’d start a business. I used my savings to start it; I wasn’t given any loans or investments,” she said.
Since graduating, Reilly has expanded her concept into a versatile business. She sells her handcrafted bags at the Bowtique, her store and office in Abington; her website, www.lindsaytia.com; and retailers including B. Boutique in Milton and Aura Salon in Quincy.
“None of my bags are boring,” she said. “I believe that every bag has its own owner and a design for your personality; every bag is different.”
“The most challenging aspect of my business model is the fact that I wear all the hats. I’m the stitcher, the accountant and the marketer all at once,” Reilly said.
Reilly is ready for the challenge, which spurs her ambition for growth.
“Building a manufacturing business with a full-time staff is my future business goal, but in the meantime I still want to improve my product. I want to keep building and growing,” she said.