Dooryard. Making it in Maine: Bag Ladies
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Dexter-based company Erda, is a 40 year old company that makes artisan handbags by hand. The current owners, Sue Norman and Scott Mayer, bought it in 2013 and have made some changes in materials used (hand-polished South American cowhide instead of deerskin) and a hydraulic clicker that increases the layers of fabric that can be cut at one time to help increase scale, but have kept the core crew and process basically the same. [images]
Handbags, Small businesses
Brawn, Kim and Nelson,, Jenny photographer, "Dooryard. Making it in Maine: Bag Ladies" (2015). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 4341.