Sarah Oliver Handbags FAQ

Sarah Oliver Handbags FAQ

What is the mission of Sarah Oliver Handbags? Our mission is to launch a movement to engage seniors in the economy with passion and purpose by offering them an opportunity to participate in a company creating handmade luxury goods. As sales of the handbags have grown over time, we became more committed to creating a sustainable, profitable business with beautiful products that supports continued participation by seniors. This mission is so important to us that we amended the Articles of Incorporation of Sarah Oliver Corporation in December 2014 to become a California benefit corporation. A benefit corporation is for-profit business structure that includes a social mission as part of the legal foundation of the corporation, and allows the Board of Directors to make decisions that take that mission into account. At Sarah Oliver Handbags, we believe in applying the strength of the for-profit business model to empower and enhance the lives of seniors. We are inspired every day by the seniors with which we work. Having seen the difference being part of this company makes in their lives, Sarah Oliver Handbags is committed to empowering seniors by re-engaging them in the American economy. What was Sarah Oliver’s inspiration for working with the seniors at The Redwoods Senior Retirement Community (aka, The Purlettes + 1)? Sarah learned to knit from her mom, grandmother and great aunt, and she had close relationships with all of the elders in her family. Sarah wanted to grow her company slowly while she raised her children Annie and Will, and to keep production local. With these fond memories and personal values, Sarah decided to approach...
If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Ann

If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Ann

Ann. Not a sleeper If these hands could talk, they’d not waste a minute speaking, but would quietly seek out the next adventure. These are the hands of Ann, and they have lived more lives than she has fingers. With knitting as the calm, common thread, Ann has loved, lost and pulled herself up by her bootstraps to carry on; a survivor, a force and one of our favorite knitters. Born and raised in San Francisco, Ann attended Stanford University and married her college sweetheart in her senior year. A geography major, Ann also dabbled in music, economics and political science finding a new sense of adventure with each and every college course, and each course of her life. After college, the young couple found their wanderlust, living in Connecticut, Portland and even in a trailer “because we thought that would be fun” then finally settling in Northern California. Ann and her 2nd husband were avid outdoorsmen hunting antelope, skeet and trap shooting, and nearly making it to Alaska to hunt polar bears. To say Ann has had an active life would simply be a great understatement. Parasailing in Mexico, jet boating in New Zealand, mastering the rapids in Canada, diving in the Great Barrier Reef and horseback riding everywhere from Puerto Rico to London. “Every place I went I looked for something fun to do. I’m not a sleeper.” We can’t imagine there was much time left for the luxury of shut-eye, especially after raising four children! After Ann’s children were grown, she volunteered in the ER at Marin General for 20 years while embracing the idea that...