Joanna Maxham

New York, NY, United States New York, NY, United States

Raffia Totes and Clutches are finally back in stock. Now also available in Khaki Raffia with gold leather trim.

The Story

Following several years of a fast paced corporate career, I discovered my true calling after designing my first handbag. Despite the wide number of choices available, I couldn’t find my ideal combination of modern flair with a high level of craftsmanship both inside and out. So I decided to make my own.

With no previous experience, this was an intense education! I honed my design and construction skills working closely with talented Italian artisans in the stunningly beautiful Marche/Abruzzo region on the Adriatic Coast. Signature aesthetics and impeccable workmanship are the hallmark of every JOANNA MAXHAM bag. Our fine leathers are sourced from the Italian region of Santa Croce, widely considered home to the world’s best tanneries. Most are custom-dyed to our specifications. The luxurious leathers, Italian linings and customized hardware are then made into bags at small, family-owned ateliers where artisans have honed their craft over multiple generations. I’m particularly proud to have discovered a factory in my native Poland. Having reached its zenith in the 1920s, when Warsaw was commonly recognized as the Paris of Eastern Europe, this particular place had fallen into disuse and disrepair, as industrial production shifted from luxury goods to more utilitarian items. Now, partially due to its contract with us, this embodiment of old-world savior-faire is back and better than ever. Artisanal resources such as these allow us to combine our passion for handcrafted techniques, precise proportions, and delightfully unexpected details that I hope will make all the difference to our customer. All my best,Joanna

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