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Featured Seller: DNTX

Oct 5, 2011

by DNTX

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Grace Teng. I was born and raised in Dallas, TX, and currently live in Brooklyn, NY. With a background in sculpture from Cornell University and the Rhode Island School of Design, I went on to work as an accessories designer in the Meatpacking District of NYC before moving back to Texas where I started Death and Texas.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I’m told I still sleep and eat like a teenager.

What would be the title of your memoir? 
In This World Nothing Is Certain but Death and Texas.

Where does your inspiration come from?
Old meets new, masculine meets feminine — my inspirations are simultaneously inspired by the relics of classic Americana and the spirit of Brooklyn and downtown NYC fashion. It’s fitting as I started DNTX because I was looking for something rooted in tradition but not confined to it.

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade means giving us the choice to create our own heirlooms.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My dad. He used to take me to gun shows and antique shops in Fort Worth and buy little switchblades and vintage coin purses for me while we sifted through cool junk together. That sense of discovery is still something I try to keep close to me. He surrounds our family with beautiful things, from koi ponds to pigeon coops, orchid greenhouses to giant indoor terrariums (complete with waterfalls and bones buried within mountaintops pressed up against the glass), from his antique sword collection to his rocks-that-look-like-other-things collection. Outside of his hobbies, my parents are both self-made entrepreneurs and their success inspires me to think big and work hard.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I know that I’ve always drawn. It was something that I did very naturally. When I broke my right arm in kindergarten, I drew the koala on my hospital gown, upside down and with my left hand. Even now when I make bags, I still start with a drawing.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Kate Spade. I know she sold her business a long time ago, but I still admire her ability to design clean and classic bags, building a successful brand at a time when most handbags were still designed by big fashion houses. Her bags weren’t handmade, but I’ve heard stories of her crafting her first iconic bag out of paper and naming her company Kate Spade before marrying Andy Spade… that takes guts.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
When I graduated from high school and was about to move away from Texas, my dad took me to a local western wear store and bought me my first pair of cowboy boots. I think he only meant to buy me a souvenir to remind me of home, but instead, we walked away with an extraordinary pair of handmade ostrich skin Lucchese boots. At the time, my tastes leaned more towards sneakers, but even then I knew beautiful leather when I saw it. The boots moved around with me for many years like a trophy, only to be appreciated but never worn, until one year when I finally broke ‘em in. They’ve rarely been off my feet since.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
For me it’s not so much getting out of a rut as working through one. It’s a simple thing that I often forget. The most important thing I’ve learned as a designer and entrepreneur is the value of momentum.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
Ten years ago I was walking down the streets of SoHo in Manhattan. It was night and I had my head down, my face hidden behind my hair, so I barely noticed the beautiful older woman dressed in head-to-toe black leather approaching me to ask for the time. We exchanged only a few words, but I’ve never forgotten her elegant demeanor and husky laugh. In a way, I like to think that she is who I am becoming. So it’s less of where do I see myself in ten years and more of how do I see myself in ten years — and that is confident, compassionate and with a saucy smile in my heart.

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279 comments

  • imogensattic

    imogensattic said 6 years ago

    I love that you use an old singer sewing machine. Very cool!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    Your dad sounds like the best dad in the world! Thanks for sharing your story and congrats on the feature!

  • vickiorion

    vickiorion said 6 years ago

    I love my weekender tote that I purchased from DNTX! Great article -- loved reading your story.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    Love the pictures showing your process for creating such beautiful bags.

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 6 years ago

    Great interview! Congratulations on being featured. Absolutely love the Weekender tote.

  • nativevermont

    nativevermont said 6 years ago

    RISD (woot!) Cool stuff.

  • NorthWoodworks

    NorthWoodworks said 6 years ago

    All your items are beautiful, but I really like those orange bags!! Congrats on the feature.

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 6 years ago

    Great interview! Congrats on the feature!

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 6 years ago

    Awesome work! Thanks so much for sharing such a great interview and Congratulations as the newest Etsy Featured Artist!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! I'm a bag freak and these will satisfy. Congrats on your feature and good luck and much success in the future.

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful piece. Lovely work. Congrats!

  • MandyBesek

    MandyBesek said 6 years ago

    I love how you honor memories of your family and childhood inspiration through your current work, it is very heart-warming! I still remember those moments of rummaging through the woods as a child, in awe of every single detail. Your work makes me want to take horseback riding lessons, it's something I always wanted to do. The studded bags are gorgeous.

  • mamif

    mamif said 6 years ago

    I love the use of that older sewing machine as well!

  • aspendreams

    aspendreams said 6 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful feature. You are so talented and your inventory is mind blowing !! Continued success.

  • JeJeweled

    JeJeweled said 6 years ago

    Love your bags. You are a real artisan and your love of art shows through in your bags. Congratulations on being featured.

  • wanderthisway

    wanderthisway said 6 years ago

    wonderful, so inspiring! thanks for sharing... best of luck!! :)

  • FrillRide

    FrillRide said 6 years ago

    Thank you. I enjoyed reading your story. It sounds like you have a great Dad. I enjoyed looking at your shop... Love your stuff. I have also a pair of cowboy boots that I love. Best Regards

  • outofline

    outofline said 6 years ago

    I love your eyelet drawstring bag, great style! So true about the momentum, congrats on your feature:)

  • 2vcreative

    2vcreative said 6 years ago

    I love the Orange Clutch. Congratulations on being featured. Enjoyed the interview. What a well rounded and grounded person you are! Good luck to all your endeavors.

  • sabiesabi

    sabiesabi said 6 years ago

    beautiful! Congrats! good luck to you!

  • needleheadcrafts

    needleheadcrafts said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! I love your approach to your craft, but even more your approach to life. Hopefully one day I'll run into you, and you will be the lady dressed all in leather, and I will be inspired.

  • DaHukaHouse

    DaHukaHouse said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Cool shop space too.

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 6 years ago

    Grace...it's obvious you are just very cool...and very much yourself. Congratulations on THAT! :)

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 6 years ago

    You are an inspiration. You really do good work and I believe that in ten yeards you will be that person that you want to be.... wishing you all the best!!!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Nice shop! Congrats!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    Wow, what beautiful pieces! Great feature!

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 6 years ago

    I love your relationship with your father, it's sweet. and you're right, Daddy's can influence sometimes without even knowing they are.

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 6 years ago

    Great work. Love this shop. Congrats on the feature!

  • BarbaraWoltmannPhoto

    BarbaraWoltmannPhoto said 6 years ago

    Your studio is absolutely stunning! Congratulations!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Great designs! Congratulations on the feature!

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 6 years ago

    Your bags are just beautiful and look so well made! I absolutely love the ones where you mix the canvas and the leather! Congrats on the feature!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Work on old Singe sewing machine!

  • MarilynsMedley

    MarilynsMedley said 6 years ago

    Truly beautiful work.

  • minibytes

    minibytes said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous gorgeous work! Congrats!

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 6 years ago

    Amazing! The harness belt and black drawstring bag are my favorites! Great job.

  • ClassicByNature

    ClassicByNature said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story behind your amazing work! Congratulation!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 6 years ago

    Your work is gorgeous! Really very very nice, and nice to know they are made by you, single handed! (Love the orange clutch). Wishing you all the best! Congratulations on being featured!

  • AnnealedHeart

    AnnealedHeart said 6 years ago

    gorgeous shop- congrats and all the best!

  • SPUNKbyCM

    SPUNKbyCM said 6 years ago

    Wonderful creations, and an awesome feature. True to life and amusing. Definitely enjoyed this one.

  • jordcurf

    jordcurf said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! I want one of everything! Congratulations!!!

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 6 years ago

    love your creations and the title to your memoir is so dramatic!

  • oktak

    oktak said 6 years ago

    I love your work, and what a great read! You must have a talent for writing too.

  • everythingok

    everythingok said 6 years ago

    "Handmade means giving us the choice to create our own heirlooms." I want to embroider this in big letters on my studio wall. Love, love, love.

  • BizzieLane

    BizzieLane said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being Featured! Love your work. Be blessed ~

  • portabello

    portabello said 6 years ago

    Love your work!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    You're so talented and beautiful, congrats and good luck!

  • peshka

    peshka said 6 years ago

    I love your bags!! congrats

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    Your dad sounds like an awesome guy and I love how you see yourself in 10 years! Congrats on the feature and thanks for the article!

  • littlejarofhearts

    littlejarofhearts said 6 years ago

    Lovely! Your clip clutch is GORGEOUS!

  • NoaSharonDesigns

    NoaSharonDesigns said 6 years ago

    Amazing studio you've got there! Love your work, too ;)

  • LidiDesign

    LidiDesign said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Great story! Your creativity is very special & embrace your talent!

  • theampersandstudio

    theampersandstudio said 6 years ago

    your words are inspiring :) especially loved your response to the last question. I will always remember to not hide behind my hair, hold my chin up and be positive for all the things to come from now on!

  • CharitableCreations

    CharitableCreations said 6 years ago

    I love your unique style!! Congratulations on the feature!

  • PruAtelier

    PruAtelier said 6 years ago

    Great article and great bags! I love the fact that you were exposed in your early life to such a panoply of creativity from your parents that brought you to your current path. Everything creative and collections of many sorts can have a lasting influence, no matter how small, in forming the creative person you are now. A child absorbs a lot from early surroundings and it is often a distant memory of something that inspires later on. I had an artist grandfather on my father's side, and a chef on my mother's side....I remember my father had an old miniature steam engine of about 9" high that my grandfather had made which was hanging out in the cellar and when he connected a compresser to it, made the little mechanism's gears turn....it was so absolutely fascinating to me and never left me. Even though it has not influenced my work directly and I'm not mechanically inclined, it instilled a sense of awe for it and of current objects such as the steampunk computers and components that are being made now.

  • jackandjillwedding

    jackandjillwedding said 6 years ago

    Love the studio. Love Brooklyn too!

  • janeeroberti

    janeeroberti said 6 years ago

    Sudio envy. And that awesome vintage Singer. Love your story of your parents too--

  • Eccolo

    Eccolo said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and awesome studio! Congrats on the feature!

  • FlameJewels

    FlameJewels said 6 years ago

    Wow, I love your interview, your studio (looks great!!) and the things you create!! Congrats!!!

  • michemozaix

    michemozaix said 6 years ago

    koi ponds,pigeon coops, orchid greenhouses, terrariums... i love it!! With such an inspiring upbringing how could you NOT turn out brilliantly creative!! Wishing you much continued success ...great feature!!

  • OliveSpoonStudio

    OliveSpoonStudio said 6 years ago

    Wonderful read - congrats!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    I love your beautiful clean photographs, we too have a 'rock collection' of lucky stones we find at the beach. A lucky stone is a rock that has a whole ground through it by the sea!

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 6 years ago

    You are very talented and I really love your creations! Congrats on your shop and on the feature!

  • MelBandeira

    MelBandeira said 6 years ago

    Lovely work, great words!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    love your shop!

  • RaggedandWrecked

    RaggedandWrecked said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! I'm in love with your shop!!!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 6 years ago

    Your bags are really pretty! Congratulations.

  • PartyGirlDesigns

    PartyGirlDesigns said 6 years ago

    Ya know I believe creative momentum is the hardest to keep going forward unless you truely love what you do. :) Your stuff is beautiful.

  • TheCreativeTree

    TheCreativeTree said 6 years ago

    Awesome items, great interview (: congrats!!

  • Niftic

    Niftic said 6 years ago

    Fabulous work and an inspirational story! You will clearly go far...

  • KristinNoelDesigns

    KristinNoelDesigns said 6 years ago

    love your style, great interview. Your workspace looks inspiring too!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congrats on the FS!!! =)

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • NaturalGlam

    NaturalGlam said 6 years ago

    Wow..."large indoor giant terrariums complete with waterfalls and bones."...sounds utterly fascinating! Your pieces are great...congrats on the feature!

  • AlphabetCityStudio

    AlphabetCityStudio said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! "The most important thing I’ve learned as a designer and entrepreneur is the value of momentum." -- Love it! Gonna write it down and post it on my computer screen!

  • violintide

    violintide said 6 years ago

    Really great work! Congrats on the feature!

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 6 years ago

    Loved your straightforward interview-- your studio looks amazing to boot (no pun intended)! Great items and congratulations on the feature!

  • stellasavestheday

    stellasavestheday said 6 years ago

    Love your work, Grace! Congrats! (your shop name is genius)

  • MagpieWorkshop

    MagpieWorkshop said 6 years ago

    What beautifully designed pieces.

  • Smadars

    Smadars said 6 years ago

    You are so inspiring !!!!

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 6 years ago

    Wow, amazing designs!! Great read and feature. Congrats and continued success!!

  • TheTaTaShoppe

    TheTaTaShoppe said 6 years ago

    Great story!-I love your quote-So it’s less of where do I see myself in ten years and more of how do I see myself in ten years.

  • TheTaTaShoppe

    TheTaTaShoppe said 6 years ago

    Great story! Love your quote-"So it’s less of where do I see myself in ten years and more of how do I see myself in ten years"

  • TupperRugs

    TupperRugs said 6 years ago

    Interesting article-- we share the same schools, Cornell and RISD!! (I was a painting major). Sounds like your dad is way cool guy--you're a lucky woman. Congratulations on your shop.

  • CelebrateToday

    CelebrateToday said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing and congrats on the feature!

  • WhatIfPhotography

    WhatIfPhotography said 6 years ago

    this is a really lovely, genuine & inspiring interview. I love the advice about working through a creative rut, rather than wallowing in it :) Wishing you much continued success

  • glusk

    glusk said 6 years ago

    Love those clutches!

  • Beatrijs

    Beatrijs said 6 years ago

    Stripes and leather look great together

  • lynncorr

    lynncorr said 6 years ago

    i hope I can find a way to make my work as relevant as yours is. Congratulations! Lynn

  • DNTX

    DNTX said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much to everyone for all your incredibly thoughtful and generous comments!!! You guys are truly the best.

  • Liduvina

    Liduvina said 6 years ago

    Lovely shop! Amazing bags! Congrats on the feature, inspiring story!

  • optic

    optic said 6 years ago

    Great Story. I really love your style. Your bags are amazing. Congratulations on the interview.

  • BRHDesigns

    BRHDesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items! Good for you!

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 6 years ago

    Interesting! ONe thing I know... you are mistaken on one thing... That that there are more you can count on! That is God! Do not forget that!

  • AukinasGoddess

    AukinasGoddess said 6 years ago

    beautiful work.. i like the way you write too. Congratulations on getting featured. :)

  • RootsSoapCo

    RootsSoapCo said 6 years ago

    What a lovely interview!

  • VeloNoir

    VeloNoir said 6 years ago

    Love your work and love the old-school Singer sewing machine. I grew up with one just like it.

  • WestAstheCrowFlies

    WestAstheCrowFlies said 6 years ago

    Wow! What an awesome studio AND gorgeous creations made therein! I agree with The TaTaShop ... the where isn't as important as who you are along the way. Good article!

  • ClothandPatina

    ClothandPatina said 6 years ago

    A very heartwarming and inspiring interview. Huge congrats to you and your beautiful work!

  • 7sistersstudio

    7sistersstudio said 6 years ago

    I totally agree with you about working THROUGH a rut! Congrats- well deserved feature!

  • HauteSalvage

    HauteSalvage said 6 years ago

    You rock... 'nuf said. Thank you for sharing. They say there is nothing for sure but "death and taxes" but you know if the ol' government take a dive we could still be sure of -Death in Texas! LOL love it all!

  • TandJsoaps

    TandJsoaps said 6 years ago

    That was such a beautiful interview!

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery said 6 years ago

    Reading your article really is inspiring. We've found that momentum is the key as well. & it really sounds like you are confident,compassionate and saucy smiley hearted! Would LOVE to see your dads' creations- sounds like you could spend days of wonder looking at them.

  • anpastor

    anpastor said 6 years ago

    es precioso

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 6 years ago

    I LOVE your work - it's so classic. I'm tipping you'll be one to watch for New York Fashion Week accessories! congratulations.

  • Quiltedhearts5

    Quiltedhearts5 said 6 years ago

    Congrats to a fellow Texan...and from Big "D" to boot. Absolutely beautiful work.

  • LuzAmigurumiPatterns

    LuzAmigurumiPatterns said 6 years ago

    Love the bags! congratulations!

  • RebirthRecycling

    RebirthRecycling said 6 years ago

    Great feature. Well spoken and layered. Best to you.

  • Pinkymelon

    Pinkymelon said 6 years ago

    congratulations on being featured, i just LOVE the fact you use an old singer sewing machine, that is really unique!

  • seule771

    seule771 said 6 years ago

    Your shop's working area looks inviting. It is nice that your dad was inspiration of sort. May your Soho wish of who you are becoming approaches soon with antiquity in the knowledge of having made it as entrepreneur. I cannot, I am to laden with self-doubt and imagined oppressors.

  • TexasBeauties

    TexasBeauties said 6 years ago

    You inspire me to continue my handbag creations. I love your interview and your studio. And, your handbags look awesome. Not bad for a Texan, you make us proud.

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!!!! Stripes make everything better!!!!

  • 01Powers

    01Powers said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed your article very much. My father was a saddle maker for many years. He created a bit of a stir with his saddle purses, It's a design that seems to come and go in popularity, but the thing I remember most is the familiar smell of that leather, and the finishes he applied to his awesome tooling. Thanks for bringing back some great memories. Your work is awesome! As any good Texan will do, I'm stealin' your line: "In This World Nothing Is Certain but Death and Texas." You've done your state and your fellow Texans proud gal.

  • monkeyminddesign09

    monkeyminddesign09 said 6 years ago

    Love your story and your family inspiration. You're one lucky girl. Congrats on the feature!

  • riverluna

    riverluna said 6 years ago

    Congrats! I completely love and relate to this interview.Your work is beautifully stunning.

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    GeorgieGirlLLC said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being Featured! Love your work area and work.

  • Epiphany6andCo

    Epiphany6andCo said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Many blessings for your success!:)

  • stringitalong

    stringitalong said 6 years ago

    Congrats!!! Great story about the older lady dressed in black leather!!!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 6 years ago

    First of all a big hello from Texas/// love the name of your shop, enjoyed the success story and wish you all the best and continued creative life!!

  • bfly1

    bfly1 said 6 years ago

    inspirational

  • jewelsbymoon

    jewelsbymoon said 6 years ago

    I started sewing oh many yrs ago with one of those singers (my x husbands grandmother's machine) very kool....good memories of that machine, oh, never mind. best of luck, very nice product.

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being artist! Great work and LOVE all the bags. I have the same singer machine my mum had it for years and gave me it to me. LOVE IT!

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 6 years ago

    Great work!

  • Bedelias

    Bedelias said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being a featured seller! Love your style!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    I'm so glad to read that you are from here I love your bags. Thank you for such a great interview.

  • Unbunny

    Unbunny said 6 years ago

    Great!

  • loveshappyhour

    loveshappyhour said 6 years ago

    love the interview!! very inspiring and informative!! keep up the great work!!

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 6 years ago

    Nice job!

  • PinkGlitterBoutique

    PinkGlitterBoutique said 6 years ago

    Your shop is great. Congrats on being featured seller!

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 6 years ago

    Love your work! Great interview! Congrats on being featured!

  • amymaja

    amymaja said 6 years ago

    lovely!

  • TerraCasa

    TerraCasa said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Lovely shop :)

  • Remego

    Remego said 6 years ago

    wow- love your confidence and attitude!! great unique bags! you should really be proud! :)

  • delmarlady

    delmarlady said 6 years ago

    I want them all!

  • masonke

    masonke said 6 years ago

    I love your very clean, timeless designs!

  • BrittneyWest

    BrittneyWest said 6 years ago

    Wonderful artist and studio! Thanks for sharing! "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."--Rumi

  • BonChatBoutique

    BonChatBoutique said 6 years ago

    Yes, I want them all! Lovely story to your lovely work.

  • brookeelissa

    brookeelissa said 6 years ago

    What a fun and creative home to grow in. No wonder you are an artist. I may not be from Texas, but I live in my cowboy boots too! Congratulations on your feature, very well deserved. Your bags are beautiful.

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 6 years ago

    Wow - thanks so much for sharing your story! I really appreciate your attitude towards creating and its momentum, and "how" you see yourself in ten years... rock on! Best wishes to you and your success!

  • littlepaintshop

    littlepaintshop said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, thanks for sharing your wisdom - Jessi

  • SlopingBarnVintage

    SlopingBarnVintage said 6 years ago

    Shoutout to Cornell!! :D Your work is totally gorgeous - congratulations on your well-deserved feature!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! Your work is beautiful!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 6 years ago

    Awesome interview!! I love your outlook on the future! Congrats!

  • NopalitoVintageMore

    NopalitoVintageMore said 6 years ago

    I learned to sew on an old singer in the 60's. Great interview.

  • Beadz2Pleaz

    Beadz2Pleaz said 6 years ago

    Great article. Stay true to yourself.

  • EmpireCityStudios

    EmpireCityStudios said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! Great Store, Good Luck and Prosperity!

  • jamielovell

    jamielovell said 6 years ago

    beautiful handbags, great inspiration! thanks for sharing

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 6 years ago

    lovely + inspiring interview! I wish you much success + with aspirations + hard work, you will surely achieve them :)

  • Inkrements

    Inkrements said 6 years ago

    great feature and great shop! your bags are the perfect mix of refined with a little edge. Congrats on your success!

  • oddmod

    oddmod said 6 years ago

    A great read indeed!! Congrats! :)

  • dekanimal

    dekanimal said 6 years ago

    Beautiful bags!! Congrats :)

  • adoRebelvintage

    adoRebelvintage said 6 years ago

    This was very inspiring!!

  • SkateBetty

    SkateBetty said 6 years ago

    Grace, You are the bees knees!

  • corazondulce

    corazondulce said 6 years ago

    Beautiful bags!! Great interview :-)

  • eastmeetswest

    eastmeetswest said 6 years ago

    nice!

  • mypatchesstudio

    mypatchesstudio said 6 years ago

    Congrats! You are famous already!

  • Stargazer02

    Stargazer02 said 6 years ago

    congrats!

  • malarys

    malarys said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • DreamyGems

    DreamyGems said 6 years ago

    Love your work!

  • TokyoFactory

    TokyoFactory said 6 years ago

    Beautiful bags! I would love to purchase one =)

  • Marinoula

    Marinoula said 6 years ago

    "Think big and work hard !" love it !

  • rambleswithreese

    rambleswithreese said 6 years ago

    This was a lovely feature. Thanks for introducing us to her and her shop.

  • ElkhornDesign

    ElkhornDesign said 6 years ago

    Beautiful interview Grace. Congratulations, I love all your work!

  • willowandsioux

    willowandsioux said 6 years ago

    such a gorgeous shop!

  • Travelher

    Travelher said 6 years ago

    Wow, you do have some really nice stuff!

  • vicontempo

    vicontempo said 6 years ago

    It is a gift to remember random people or things that inspire us the most in life. Acknowledging the sources of your inspiration gives you a clear vision and direction for your future. I'm glad I read your blog, nice stuff.

  • alonalerman

    alonalerman said 6 years ago

    i met grace when i was working on the Bicycle Film Festival. she made the most delicate, gorgeous paper bicycle for our art show. but don't let that fool you --she's a fierce lady (in a good way!). congrats on the write-up, grace! it looks like you're still producing beautiful work that i now have to add to my list of stuff to collect. hope you're well.

  • post082010

    post082010 said 6 years ago

    What a profile! Very thoughtful! Lovely!!!

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed said 6 years ago

    What a great read! thank you. Loved hearing about your work, and your dad.

  • lulisplanet

    lulisplanet said 6 years ago

    Beautiful designs I love the clip clutch

  • GrandmaJcollection

    GrandmaJcollection said 6 years ago

    Such classy items! Great heritage too! Thanks for sharing your work space.

  • beautifulflower1

    beautifulflower1 said 6 years ago

    beautiful

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker said 6 years ago

    What a lovely "portrait" of you and your work, thank you. The story of your father and his terrariums makes me weak in the knees.

  • aussiekn

    aussiekn said 6 years ago

    very nice bags!!! well done

  • OscarDeanPhotography

    OscarDeanPhotography said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being a featured seller!

  • Soulmadeshop

    Soulmadeshop said 6 years ago

    Oooh, I like the black clutch!!

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity said 6 years ago

    Great interview! You are also a talented story teller-if you DID write a memoir, I would totally read it! Congratulations on your feature, and best wishes on your future success.

  • chinamommy

    chinamommy said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured; what a great story! love the eyelet bags!!

  • pillowsbytamilyn

    pillowsbytamilyn said 6 years ago

    I love your boot story, I'm assuming you are wearing them in the one photo? Precious gift! Love also the story of you in my favorite city talking to the "future you" Enjoyed reading your story.

  • Caradonnaphotography

    Caradonnaphotography said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Grace! Wonderful interview...I adore your studio, and your bags have such style and personality! Wish you the very best!!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    Damn you are good girl! Your dad reminds me of Hawaii...sounds weird, but I mean the koi, orchids, rocks, waterfalls, so many things that I can identify with. Switchblades, coin purses, my kind of collector! Congrats sweet one!

  • Linohandmade

    Linohandmade said 6 years ago

    Great work! Congrats !

  • BlueMonkeyBling

    BlueMonkeyBling said 6 years ago

    Loved your story! Congrats on being featured. You're very talented!

  • LailapCreations

    LailapCreations said 6 years ago

    Your confidence is coming out of your pores and will take your talent far - loved your feature. Blessings to your business!!

  • shoponalark

    shoponalark said 6 years ago

    Love your work and love getting to know you better! What a great, great interview.

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 6 years ago

    I love it that the old singer sewing machines are still going strong and you have not been tempted to buy the computerized version................. great reading and great shop.............. all the best x

  • highstreetmarket

    highstreetmarket said 6 years ago

    I'm so inspired by this shop, as I've been a fan for some time now. LOVE seeing the feature! Great work. :)

  • JulienDenoyer

    JulienDenoyer said 6 years ago

    Wow I really enjoyed this feature, leather is also one of my favorite material and I would love to learn how to craft with it! congrats on the feature!!!

  • QuirkMuseum

    QuirkMuseum said 6 years ago

    Great feature story, studio and shop. I like the leather lady story too - I think I met her in a dream. Good Luck with everything!

  • skinbyalicia

    skinbyalicia said 6 years ago

    Love your designs & that you use an old sewing machine! Congrats

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 6 years ago

    "Handmade means giving us the choice to create our own heirlooms" -- so true! I love it :)

  • LaveraVcreation

    LaveraVcreation said 6 years ago

    I love it!!! was very inspiring, and your work is beautiful. Congrats♥

  • ssmdesign

    ssmdesign said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature!!! Your vision of "how" and not "where" you see yourself in ten years truly struck chord with me : ) All the best to you!!!

  • mdsdesigns

    mdsdesigns said 6 years ago

    love your words and how you speak.. like reading a book that draws you in. love your style and the way you think and how you create from your past. a true artist creates from within and their journey is expressed through their art and this is you. keep doing what you love.

  • mboglestudio

    mboglestudio said 6 years ago

    Your bags and belts are fantastic! I enjoyed your article very much.

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 6 years ago

    RISD, Brooklyn and great bags-a perfect combination!

  • PureGoldDesigns

    PureGoldDesigns said 6 years ago

    AWESOME!

  • loveleeflowers

    loveleeflowers said 6 years ago

    LOVE your work! Great job on the feature!

  • vinskord

    vinskord said 6 years ago

    Great shop!! Congrats on the feature!

  • TheStampAct

    TheStampAct said 6 years ago

    Brava! Tight products and lovely interview. Best of luck!

  • HappyBonesArt

    HappyBonesArt said 6 years ago

    Awesome and inspiring interview! Congrats on the feature!

  • oldsnapshot

    oldsnapshot said 6 years ago

    Congrats, Grace. Beautiful work!

  • Womensgirl

    Womensgirl said 6 years ago

    Love you work !

  • CrankyDogStudio

    CrankyDogStudio said 6 years ago

    Classic & Edgy! thank you.

  • lenkamuchnik

    lenkamuchnik said 6 years ago

    wow!!!

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle said 6 years ago

    Nice work~!~!~!~!~! :)

  • rinebird

    rinebird said 6 years ago

    Great perspective on your craft & life.I love your bags too.I just got my grandmother's singer.I see you use one.They are heavy! Congrats on your feature.

  • jkatt4

    jkatt4 said 6 years ago

    beautiful sewing machine! i have the same one (given to me by my grandmother) and truly appreciate how excellent it still works after all these years. kudos to singer machines!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    oooh, i love your workspace! and your clutches are incredible!!!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 6 years ago

    Very nice work and great designs. Wishing you more Success.

  • theyellowroses

    theyellowroses said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Love your bags! Continued success, keep cherishing family & your Texas roots!

  • juradesigns

    juradesigns said 6 years ago

    Your designs are very handsome! Loved the whole interview and especially the part about your Father. What wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing. Great shop!

  • wulfgirl

    wulfgirl said 6 years ago

    Lovely interview....and your work is delightful, loved reading this interview! Best of luck to you....!

  • Ahkriti

    Ahkriti said 6 years ago

    This is a great interview! You are very different from the rest...and I enjoyed this interview totally! Good luck!

  • xoDigitalArt

    xoDigitalArt said 6 years ago

    Your studio is beautiful! I really loved you items! :)

  • christijay

    christijay said 6 years ago

    LOVE the look of your studio, looks like my dream! Your product is really great, too!

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 6 years ago

    Great Bags and Purses! Great Interview, Great name,been hearing this name most of my life. Death and Taxes Best Wishes! Tammy

  • royaldesignstencils

    royaldesignstencils said 6 years ago

    You are precious! :-)

  • asileoriginals

    asileoriginals said 6 years ago

    I love your shop and your studio is amazing!

  • AdornmentsbyDebbie

    AdornmentsbyDebbie said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured. You have beautiful work and an awesome studio, nice read--love the story about your boots.

  • BloodMilk

    BloodMilk said 6 years ago

    i really enjoyed this interview. warm and intelligent. thank you for sharing! xo

  • JoBabyCandles

    JoBabyCandles said 6 years ago

    Great interview...beautiful items!

  • DanaArts

    DanaArts said 6 years ago

    I really liked your interview. You make great products. Best wishes to you!

  • jes4younafriend

    jes4younafriend said 6 years ago

    Congrats! You are famous already!

  • SkinnyKnits

    SkinnyKnits said 6 years ago

    Love your shop! Keep up the great work! Best!

  • TheOldGlassChipper

    TheOldGlassChipper said 6 years ago

    Grace, you are a true inspiration! I mean that in both senses of the word. A breath of fresh air! Thank you!

  • creations138

    creations138 said 6 years ago

    Cool Work Place and Beautiful Designs!!!

  • malizga

    malizga said 6 years ago

    Gotta love a creator who can also quote the sentiments of Benjamin Franklin - congrats! ("Death, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them." - Margaret Mitchell)

  • g2poriginals

    g2poriginals said 6 years ago

    so cool keep up the good work!

  • luellabird

    luellabird said 6 years ago

    I've admired your shop for some time now. Someday I will treat myself to something beautiful from it. :) xx

  • jinnyk

    jinnyk said 6 years ago

    woohoo RISD! Gotta love someone who actually got an education in the arts, even if I don't support leather.

  • JingleDingleDangle

    JingleDingleDangle said 6 years ago

    Forward thinking and yet retrospective, blending the past into the present, and a natural story teller to boot! May happiness and just rewards follow you through your creative life aspirations.

  • FloraChild

    FloraChild said 6 years ago

    I love the story about your boots. I too treasure my cowboy boots even though they are shared with someone I love!

  • beewisegoods

    beewisegoods said 6 years ago

    That quote is the perfect one! LOVE it! Thanks for the great article.

  • furnitureguy

    furnitureguy said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing and you have my admiration

  • handmate

    handmate said 6 years ago

    Beautiful products and excellent quality! Wİsh you every success with your brand... ...and God that seweing machine is so charming!! Those are always the best!

  • keoops8

    keoops8 said 6 years ago

    nice nice,,,,,,, i like this post,

  • keoops8

    keoops8 said 6 years ago

    nice,, i like,,, good look...

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and awesome studio!

  • saualharbi

    saualharbi said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work ..

  • sweetpeasoup

    sweetpeasoup said 6 years ago

    Love your bags! Thankyou for such a warm & heartfelt interview. & yes, the momentum..............I often think that's the key to it all!...........

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign said 6 years ago

    Lovely work ! Congrats to the feature and more success!

  • cocowagner

    cocowagner said 6 years ago

    Lovely work. Congrats!

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature said 6 years ago

    She's got amazing hair. And her designs rock my socks

  • IngredientsOfaWoman

    IngredientsOfaWoman said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. Congrats! Alba Olaya

  • moonsongranch

    moonsongranch said 6 years ago

    Your designs are quite unique and inspiring. Congrats on being featured!

  • InMaterial

    InMaterial said 6 years ago

    I love your take on "working through a rut". I'm going to remember that one.

  • rule42

    rule42 said 6 years ago

    I love your answers to the interview questions and your clever name: DNTX Your work is lovely too :O)

  • MoodyMe

    MoodyMe said 6 years ago

    Awesome clutches and beautiful artist! Congrats!!

  • IrinaSztukowski

    IrinaSztukowski said 6 years ago

    Love you Shop.Very Creative! Thank you, Irina

  • DollFromTheAttic

    DollFromTheAttic said 6 years ago

    Awesome! I thought I was the only Asian whose father bought his daughter knives and taught to shoot guns....that's the wild west for you, and some self-sustainability lessons brought from South East Asia :D

  • SweetmadeSoap

    SweetmadeSoap said 6 years ago

    You are an inspiration. I love people who do things their own special way!

  • Charlieandthefox

    Charlieandthefox said 6 years ago

    I love the singer and the comment on the value of momentum.

  • helenbobelen

    helenbobelen said 6 years ago

    Nice!

  • PiccoloFioreBlanco

    PiccoloFioreBlanco said 6 years ago

    I, too, find inspiration in traditional objects, but in my work try to "freshen" that aesthetic with a new twist.

  • ArgentTonic

    ArgentTonic said 6 years ago

    WOOW I really fall in love with your items!!! LOVELY!!! Amazing!! nice work!

  • HealthyReflections

    HealthyReflections said 6 years ago

    You have a really nice story and your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  • oldtimethreads

    oldtimethreads said 6 years ago

    Fabulous!

  • MuseMinerals

    MuseMinerals said 6 years ago

    So many congratulations on your success! What an inspiring story! (I also grew up with an Asian father who had a fascination with all things Western -- I only wish he had bought me some cowboy boots!) :)

  • victoriavisel

    victoriavisel said 6 years ago

    I just bought your orange clutch yesterday and have been raving about you to my friends back home in TX! Love your work. Genius branding. Might have to get that new braided cuff... Best to you! Viva Lucchese!

  • crochetjandra

    crochetjandra said 6 years ago

    Nice job!

  • maggievee

    maggievee said 6 years ago

    I loved your story, liked that we could see the top of your boots, when you were sewing, hoping this were the boots your dad bought you! congratulations on the feature and your success!!!!

  • Gussied

    Gussied said 6 years ago

    A.) I was born and raised in Dallas too! B.) I love that you use an older sewing machine - I use a 1960's Bernina. C.) Your interview and shop are very inspiring! LOVEEEEEEE!

  • SilverLinedShadows

    SilverLinedShadows said 6 years ago

    Excellent story and great advice. Thanks for sharing !

  • TatteredInspiration

    TatteredInspiration said 6 years ago

    Very Inspiring.....

  • SmallkineCreations

    SmallkineCreations said 6 years ago

    Awesome stuff, congrats on the feature! Aloha.

  • TaylorArts

    TaylorArts said 6 years ago

    Very inspirational. Bravo to you and your work and spirit.

  • SassMuffins

    SassMuffins said 6 years ago

    As a native Texan, I had to laugh when I read that you would title your memoir, "In this world nothing is certain but death and Texas"! Beautiful, beautiful work. I especially love your Handbag in Mahogany.

  • anitaatetsy

    anitaatetsy said 6 years ago

    An appreciative and creative heart. Lovely interview.

  • BlueSkyLane

    BlueSkyLane said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for a very interesting and inspiring interview from a real live person who is doing great things on Etsy!

  • EleganceElizabethLee

    EleganceElizabethLee said 6 years ago

    Drooling over the orange clutch! Congrats!

  • Luminature39

    Luminature39 said 6 years ago

    Great eye... your style can hit many demographics...

  • triple7recycled

    triple7recycled said 6 years ago

    Love the orange clutch....awesome stuff!!

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd said 6 years ago

    sweet, congrats!!!

  • QuitePoshHomeDesign

    QuitePoshHomeDesign said 6 years ago

    Great interview! You exude confidence and style. I'm sure I'm much older than you, but I want to be like you when I grow up! : ) Good luck and much success in your business ventures!

  • PicsandThings

    PicsandThings said 6 years ago

    Leathers what an adventure in each peice. Your confidence, your sharing interview are both lovely That you may have created someones heirloom must give you pride as well.

  • Tcups

    Tcups said 6 years ago

    I love your bags, they are all very unique and special.

  • ajbeads59

    ajbeads59 said 6 years ago

    What talent! Love your Handbag in Mahogany! Thanks for sharing.

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 6 years ago

    I love these inspiring entrepreneurial stories, especially when family is influential.

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 6 years ago

    A confident attitude begets success - and lady you've got it! Congratulations!!

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