Houston's Beth Purpich - Designing Handbags for Every Occasion
As y'all must know, Texans take great pride in our own. After moving from Los Angeles to Houston six years ago, it was a breath of fresh air to realize what an amazing city Houston is and how many talented artists - in every medium - reside there. Beth Purpich is one such talent, a self-taught hand bag and accessory designer.
"More than 10 years ago, while living in Kansas City, I had an idea for a handbag. I had no formal education in design, had no connections in the fashion world and had no clue as to how I could turn that one handbag idea into reality. I used a credit card and I bought a ticket to New York City, after researching handbag manufacturers online. I literally Googled "handbag manufacturer" and most of the results were based in NYC. So I took two days off from my job and flew to NYC for the first time as an adult. There I met with a manufacturer and began the learning process of making a bag. Since then I have been marketing my own designs and learning so much. I have failed a lot and I have been told "no" so many times I can't remember. Every day selling my own designs is a challenge and every entrepreneur goes through the rejection process time after time. The confidence comes from practice and persistence and each new goal leads to more adversity to overcome."