When it comes to special items that will get you a lot of mileage, you need to know about Future Glory handbags! Based in San Francisco, Future Glory not only makes gorgeous minimalist handbags, but they also have a social mission - to create products ethically and produce social change, especially in the lives of women.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Theresa Lee, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Future Glory to hear her story, how she started her brand, and - of course - find out what her favorite bag is. Check out the interview below.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m an idealistic, perfectionistic, day dreaming, feminist designer.
What inspired you to start Future Glory?
My business partner at the time and I were at Coachella and we just started daydreaming about what we would do if money was no object. We threw around some ideas and really latched on to the idea of making bags.
Can you tell us about how Future Glory bags are made?
We make products with purpose. We make all our bags in our San Francisco studio. We do our best to source domestically. We want to grow our Apprenticeship program where we would train marginalized women or mentor youth.
How did social impact became core to your brand?
Social causes have always been core to who I am but was never able to contribute as much as I wanted to. I figured if I was going to spend the majority of my life working, I wanted the net outcome of that to mean something.
What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?
Creative freedom. Being able to make something that initially formed as a passing thought without people or politics acting as barriers.
If you could design a bag for anyone in the world, who would it be?
I’d love for our bags to be high caliber and high design enough to make it into a store like Barneys.
Do you plan on expanding beyond bags and accessories?
Yes, we wanted to stay focused for the past two years but we are going to start expanding and exploring different areas like housewares next year.
Do you have a favorite from your collection? Which and why?
My current favorite is the new Rockwell Venti crossbody. In addition to the sleek minimalist design, it symbolizes where we’ve come from and where we’re heading.
What is in your bag right now?
I’m a minimalist. Just my wallet, keys and some gum. :)
What is your personal motto or guiding principle?
Done is better than perfect but make it better every time.