Blythe Leonard LLC was founded on the immense inconsiderable amount of Made in the USA all leather handbag companies. Blythe was classically trained at Savannah College of Art and Design and knew at an early age that creating and being hands on with her products is what she loves to do. There is a great sense of dedication in her soul to the craft as well as a yearning to make beautiful products with the highest of quality.
Blythe graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, with a BFA in Fashion Design with a minor in accessory design in May of 2015. Only seven days after graduation, Blythe Leonard LLC was federally established. By November of 2015, we were expanding and building our very first flagship store. The store is posed right next to the workshop to give the customers a sense of it really is "Made Right Here." Each leather good is handmade one at a time by Blythe in the workshop and never mass produced.
Blythe firmly believes in a strong community connection and philanthropy. She has done multiple events such as a homeless shelter toiletry drive, hurricane relief shoe drive, handbag drive for a local restoration organization, as well as donated her talents to various organizations that fund raise for children, the homeless, and the hungry. Blythe not only wants to express her creativity everyday by creating quality made luxury leather goods, but also to help others in her community at the same time.
Eco-Friendly and Sustainability Statement
Blythe Leonard LLC was founded on several very strong beliefs. All of our bags are chemical free as well as no use of cardboard or manmade stiffeners. When I first established my brand, the first picture I posted on Instagram (which is still there) states, “Phthalates are chemicals often found in artificial leather and other plastic PVC clothing. They are absorbed through the skin and they’re linked to birth defects, asthma, neurodevelopmental problems in newborns, fertility issues and obesity.” So clearly, you saw from the very beginning what I stood behind and what I wanted to say with my brand.
Phthalates are chemicals used to make plastic more flexible. They can be found in all faux leathers, certain soaps, shampoos and perfumes. In some hygiene products, companies “hide” these chemicals by labeling them as fragrances in the ingredients. Triclosan is another chemical found in faux leather and causes muscle failure and cancer. Phthalates and Triclosans are both endocrine disruptors that can potentially alter hormones in men and women and can also transfer to unborn babies, causing birth defects and neurodevelopmental problems. Long term exposure of DEHP (phthalates) in pregnant women, specifically those carrying males, significantly decreases the ability of testosterone to masculinize the male reproductive tract. These chemicals have been found in women’s blood and urine samples by multiple medical studies. In excess amounts, endocrine disruptors can also cause tumors, learning disabilities and brain development problems. And finally there’s lead. This chemical can cause heart disease, cancer and brain damage. Lead is not as controlled in manufacturing facilities overseas as it is in the US and it too can be found in many faux leather bags.
These chemical particles can seep into your skin just by carrying or wearing faux leather products. I strongly urge you to become acquainted with the composition of the products in your environment.
In addition to the main materials, we go to considerate lengths to construct our leather goods with toluene free adhesives. Toluene can be disguised as phenylmethane or methylbenzene and has been proven to cause cancer, dizziness, headaches, skin irritation (when in direct contact) and birth defects. If you have ever had your handbag fall apart and discovered a yellowish tint on the leather—that was toluene. From the very beginning of Blythe Leonard LLC, we made a point to start our company with the use of only water based glue, which is rarely used. BL bags are constructed mainly by using sewing thread and specific seams.
Another facet of our brand is that we do not interface our leather with plastic or cardboard. Cardboard will break down and deteriorate overtime. It also adds weight to your bag. Studies have shown that women’s handbags in the US are more than five pounds in weight. Blythe Leonard LLC handbags are all super lightweight allowing for you to maximize the materials you need to carry on a daily basis.
Blythe Leonard LLC will continue to support these morals and take a stand on a healthier way for carrying your goods. We hope that by making you aware of these issues you will be proactive in rethinking some of the products you use on a daily basis. Your health should not be compromised just because of fast fashion.
Our flagship store is open to the public!
606 Davidson St.
Thomasville, NC 27360
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Custom Order appointments are available Monday
through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
After hour appointments are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
ALL APPOINTMENTS must be scheduled by phone or in our store, please call us at 336-687-5366.
Custom Order appointments are free of charge for the first 30 minutes. Each additional 30 minutes will be a $35.00 charge for the consultation.