My inspiration began while traveling abroad. I fell in love
with the sophisticated European culture and fashion of
London and Paris. While shopping on Portobello Road, I was
struck by the workmanship and unique design of accessories
from the 1940’s and 50’s. When I returned stateside, I spent
endless hours researching vintage handbags and textiles. It
was then that I was compelled to pursue my childhood dream
of becoming a designer.
I based my business model on a principal that I learned from
twenty years of retail experience – that providing a high
level of exceptional service is vital to success.
I design my handbags, totes and accessories to be elegant
and functional, yet whimsical. I want to provide women with
the opportunity to have a piece of the past that blend
perfectly with today’s fashions while not seeing their bag
in every mall across America.
conversation starter, a Glenda Gies bag evokes images of
strolling along Fifth Avenue, walking through Central Park
or making a grand entrance on the red carpet. They are
available in such upscale boutiques as Timeless Treasures in
Martha’s Vineyard, The Greenbriar Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, LuLu & Me in
Naperville, IL, The Four Seasons in Carlsbad, CA, and Brentwood
General in Santa Monica, CA.
My vintage inspired handbags have also been featured in
Vanity Fair, Allure, The New York Times, and US
magazine, as well as on the “What’s Hot for Fall” segment on
the TV show EXTRA and NBC’s Today show.
My limited edition styles are hand cut to the customer’s
exact specifications, allowing them to select the fabric,
leather and even the inner linings. I search for the rarest
of fabrics in design, color and texture. It’s a physically
strenuous and challenging job, but every day is a new
adventure and a treasure hunt. Who could ask for more?