We’re Martha Stewart American Made Finalists!

We’re Martha Stewart American Made Finalists!

Martha Loves Sarah! At Sarah Oliver Handbags, we know we have a good thing going, because you, our loyal followers, have continued to let us know and watch us grow.   But now Martha Stewart has confirmed it!! Yes, Martha loves us and we were just chosen as a finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Contest!  If you’d like to vote (please do!) Here’s what you do:  Simply go to the Martha Stewart American Made website here and click on the blue VOTE button below Sarah Oliver’s photo. Choose the Register option (Facebook link does not appear to be working) and enter your email address and choose a password. A confirmation message will be sent to your email address within 15 minutes and you can start voting…and voting…and voting. You can vote up to six times a day until voting closes on October 13th.   Just select “Vote Again” on your confirmation page. When you vote, you’ll be entered to win a new prize each week worth over $300! We could all win! The final ten winners will be announced on October 17th, and have a chance to fly to New York, meet Martha herself and win $10,000 to grow their business. We are thrilled and honored to have made it so far, but honestly, we feel like winners already.   Ok, ok…we want to win. Let’s keep the passion...
If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Kay

If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Kay

Kay.  Such lovely hands. If these hands could talk, they would say “make mine red.”  The only photograph in the series taken in glorious color because these hands, while hard-working and now 98 years old, are always meticulously manicured in classic, Big Apple Red.  No matter what.  Kay never misses an appointment and we thought that deserved some color. Born in Italy and raised in Weed, California, Kay moved into the Redwoods 13 years ago and fell back in love with knitting after a long hiatus.  “It was like riding a bike and I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I started again.”  We’re glad she got back on that bike because her knitting, much like her manicure, is always lovely.  She comes to life when asked what she loves about being a Purlette +one. “I love every one of the knitters and all the different personalities.  It’s very relaxing” These are the colorful hands of a former fashion merchandiser for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward, a hospital worker for over 19 years at Marin General, and above all, a well-polished mother to two amazing daughters. Kay turned 98 on July 5th and when asked how it feels, she matter-of-factly states, “It’s not much different than 97….or 96.”  She makes us laugh, makes us wonder how she does it all and definitely makes us take a second look at our unpolished fingernails.  Kay’s favorite bag is the mini clutch and chuckles when we asked what color.  Make hers red. Kay Gainey enjoys visiting her native Italy and has visited numerous times. She loves romantic novels by Nora Roberts...
If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Jovi

If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Jovi

Jovi… Smitten by knitting. If these hands could talk, they would speak softly and play by their own rules. If playing hard to get was ever a rule in romance, Jovi would beg to differ. She taught herself to knit at age 15 to win the heart of a special boy. Carefully knitting him her first pair of socks, she later married him and is still married to him today. Yes, he was smitten by knittin’ so she decided to keep at it, and keep playing by her own rules. Jovi and her husband moved from Santiago, Chile to UC Berkeley where she did Post Doctoral research in biochemistry. In an age where many women were expected to stay home and raise a family, Jovi rewrote the rules and raised two children while making a big difference as a biochemist, an accountant and a financial officer. “I wasn’t there after school to give my kids milk and cookies, but I raised two amazing kids…one a physician, the other an engineer.” Jovi’s hands can also bake cookies. Jovi loves to knit while watching international mysteries on television and when not knitting loves to hike and travel with her husband. So much for retirement. When asked what she loves most about knitting for Sarah, her answer is telling “Sarah really cares for her Purlettes and this knitting is just so much fun! You don’t have to think so much. I’ve done enough thinking.” We like the way you think Jovi. And we too are smitten by your knitting. Jovi Goldenberg is 75 years old and has been knitting for Sarah for...

Trunk Show: Falmouth, MA

We are so looking forward to our visit to Falmouth for a meet and greet, trunk show at Vagabond Treasures Boutique. Join us for shopping, schmoozing, learning fun! MEET our Founder and CEO, Sarah Oliver SHOP our latest collection VIEW The Hand Series, a collection of portraits of The Purlettes, our fabulous knitting team, by photographer Dean Bentley. When: August 8th 6:00 – 8:30 pm Where: Vagabond Treasures Boutique 95 Palmer Ave, Falmouth, MA (Queensbyway) “Vagabond Treasures represents unique collections from all over, and we pride ourselves in offering those pieces that have a one-of-a-kind twist and an intriguing back story. Sarah Oliver Handbags fits that description perfectly. With the fabulous production team of The Purlettes and craftsmanship that is rivaled by none, Sarah’s handbags are a beautiful complement to the Vagabond Treasures collections.” – Lee Geishecker, Vagabond Treasures For more information visit...
If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Daphne

If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Daphne

Daphne. Step aside. If these hands could talk, they would offer help to anyone who needs it, but would most likely not let you return the favor. These are the hands of Daphne, and they are refusing to slow down, or hand themselves over to age. 15 years ago, Daphne moved into her Redwoods residence and we’re quite certain the staff never expected a senior like this. Upon arrival, Daphne noticed some aging window sills that needed attention and love. Instead of searching for the suggestion box, Daphne sanded and repainted every single sill in the residence! This was no small job, but Daphne’s hands didn’t stop until all 157 windows were lovingly restored. And yet she never missed a stitch or a purl. This “why wait for someone else to do it” attitude is what has kept Daphne busy for over 93 years. Yes, 93 years young and sharper than any of the proverbial tacks we know. Daphne joined Sarah to knit and help pay for her Audi with the proceeds. “Why let someone else drive, when you are perfectly able to do it yourself?” We had no answer. Daphne grew up in Massachusetts and graduated college wearing a chiffon dress made with her very own resourceful hands. She and her husband moved to Palo Alto, California where they raised two sons. When we asked her favorite thing to do when not knitting, we were surprised to see her reach for a binder that took two hands to lift. “I’m a baseball nut. I love watching baseball and keeping stats of every player and every single game.” She...

Best Handbags for July 4th Celebrations

Between parades, beach barbecues, and fireworks, add a little red, white, and blue to your Independence Day festivities: sarah oliver has the best handbags for July 4th celebrations, as the above display at a recent Lake Tahoe trunk show illustrates. Made in America, by The Purlettes. What could be better! We might just be the most patriotic purse makers around. What do you think? Tell us in the Comments below or on our FB...

On Being One of The Purlettes and A Purlette’s Daughter

VIDEO FEATURING JEANNE OVERCASHIER, one of The Purlettes, and her daughter Gail Dolton. This video is a true reflection of the value sarah oliver handbags places on multi-generational relationship and engagement. It was taken by one of our team members, and edited by her 12-year old son, an aspiring film maker. Thank you Gail, for inspiring your mom to join The Purlettes….and thank you both for being part of the sarah oliver handbags...
If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Gertrud

If These Hands Could Talk: Meet Gertrud

If these hands could talk, they might laugh instead, at the irony of life. These are the hands of Gertrud (no E) who upon coming to America from Sweden at age 18, brought along some well-intended advice from her mother… “Never ever carry a handbag in America because Al Capone’s men will steal it.” Gertrud spent exactly two days following her dear mom’s advice before making her first trip to Macy’s for a handbag. Now over 70 years later, the irony is stitched into every perfect bag that Gertrud lovingly and laughingly touches.  And the stories just kept coming….. Gertrud claims she learned to knit when she was two days old and who are we to challenge the facts when her hands clearly have spoken knit one purl two longer than we can count? When asked what she likes best about the work, she sweetly smiles and tells us another story. “Last week, I was so upset and I couldn’t sleep. In the middle of the night, I got up and knitted and fell asleep in my chair so relaxed.” And yet every stitch was perfect. These hands have nursed sick patients, soothed sore bodies as a physical therapist, played tennis against Diane Sawyer, oh…and raised four children. After moving to California, Gertrud took her brood back to Sweden for a visit. Having always wanted to meet a King, her daughter sent a note to the King of Sweden inviting him to tea….he instead invited the whole family. Gertrud outfitted them in matching hand-knit jackets and they were off to see the leader. She has the picture to prove...