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Panhandle Craftswoman: Libby Lane Handbags

The bags became a hit with her sisters and beyond.

Starting your own business is scary. Starting your own business as the designer, manufacturer and retailer is scarier. It might be overwhelming for some, but Bushland native, Libby Lane has it in the bag. 

Libby Lane has always had a creative family, so it was normal for her to be creative. 

"I connected being raised on a farm in Bushland.  My dad raised cattle so I immediately connected the saddle makers, boot makers here, just going from the meatpacking plants to seeing the final product in hide form is extraordinary," Libby Lane, Owner and Designer of Libby Lane Leather Goods said.

During her time attending The Art Institute of Chicago, her passion collided at a tannery. 

"I fell in love with the process of leather.  I got to see the entire steps, smell everything. I took it back to school and just started making stuff out of the leather, anything I could," Lane explained. 

Lane and her sisters needed to find the perfect bag. That's where her design of handbags started. 

Lane said, "I decided to start making totes that we could carry throughout the city-- so we'd be gone from 8 in the morning to 10 at night.  It had to be sturdy, stylish, take to work, to workout to dinner and for cocktails."

The bags became a hit with her sisters and beyond. 

"I started making and selling and six months after I began, I was contacted by Vogue.  They asked to run a story.  I was a little apprehensive because I was very new, I didn't know what I was doing," Lane said.

Lane went ahead and took them up on their offer. She has been featured in Vogue, Vogue Japan, Martha Stuart Living, Southern Living, Texas Monthly, Garden and Gun, Libby Lane Handbags are in high demand. 

Lane's bags are hand-constructed daily in a one-person design house in Amarillo. Many of her bags are named after her sisters and her friends. 

"I'm always surprised about how many people are appreciative of my stuff.  It's great.  It's what keeps me going," Lane explained. 

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