The Maryann tote by Rebecca Ray Designs.
I’ve seen Western styled purses made of hand-tooled leather, but they looked a little too country for my taste. Recently, I came across equestrian influenced accessories from USA designer Rebecca Ray. I love these horse-themed American Couture equestrian bags and totes.
Rebecca Ray sporting lifestyle handbags & totes
Founded in 1998, Rebecca Ray is one of the fastest growing handbag companies in the United States.
I love that these bags are sewn by women artisans on treadle sewing machines that don’t require any electricity. As an equestrian, I appreciate that the leather work is bench-made by an Amish harness maker who is dedicated to his craft. I imagine harness making is a dying breed, along with the local blacksmith. Seriously, these are trades that are falling by the wayside with the automation of everything from furniture making to mass-produced tack. Hat tip to Rebecca Ray Designs for partnering with these craftsmen and women with these handmade bags and totes.
As a horse lover, The Julie is now my favorite handbag.
Equestrian quality hardware
While my fashion conscious friends swooned over my couture bag, The Julie Horse, I noted the equestrian quality hardware of the buckles, the fine quality straps, the industrial-weight nickel zipper and harness leather handles on this purse. The fabric on The Julie bag is made of luggage-weight ballistic nylon for durability that will last as long as your favorite riding saddle.