I recently had a girlfriend come and visit me in Costa Rica. I knew that she was a very creative person, but I didn’t realize to what extent she was taking her design expertise. My friend, Christina Postell, lives in Nashville, TN, where she owns and makes all her products by hand and, for sure, with lots of passion. She was in the Apparel Design and Production Management program at Auburn University. Here, she realized design and purse/bag making was something she could pursue as a full time business, after winning a competition in designing and constructing a purse. She had the vision, good taste, and education. Two years out of college, she quit her 9-5 and decided to try and make it as a handbag designer.
One year ago, a friend of hers had asked her to make the neck ties for her wedding. This was after only having made ONE necktie prior to this request. Her friend needed 21!!! She also designed and constructed a miniature bow tie for the ring bearer, to surprise the bride, per the mother’s request. An adorable tie for an adorable ring bearer. Christina realized how much she loved creating fun and funky ties with interesting fabrics, something that can be a simple accessory…not Niche’s line! 🙂 Funny how her ties are even bigger than her bags!
Christina is inspired by fabric. Even if she has not seen the fabric, she knows what she’s looking for and the moment she sees it, she knows! It snowballs from there!
Her price points for her bags are between $75-$195. She has overnight bags, perfect tote sizes to carry around when getting ready for the wedding!! And the ties are $18-$70. These are a great groomsman gift and can really make an outfit, something a little bit different, which we always love! Of course, depending on the quantity you order, prices will vary.
When we spoke with Christina, she was sure to mention she loves custom orders and if she can make it, SHE WILL! “I just made my first poncho for a friends music video-my point being, I don’t usually say no.”
When she came to visit, I got my own Niche bag. Made of canvas, with leather details…its indestructible…which is just what I need in Costa Rica, and wedding coordinating! Thanks Christina!!!!!
Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NicheHandbag
Can be found in: Moxie, Franklin TN; Hello Boys, Nashville,TN; 1907 Apparel, Nashville, TN
I am so happy that you are pursuing your dream and making something of it, and even happier to call you a friend!