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.

Beth explains,

"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."

The Elizabeth Purpich Collection includes my favorite handbags for every occasion. Beth and I recently went to the Deer Valley Club in Park City, Utah to enjoy some mountain air, hiking, and talk about her upcoming projects.