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Aging process of leather.

We like to tell your story here at Morgan Rhea! Have you noticed that your accessory is darkening into its own patina? With the water buffalo that we use, this is what is suppose to happen. It is mixing with the natural oils of the human body. We want your daily wear and journey to show on your accessory. Our bracelets are a wonderful way to share your mantra daily. You will start to see your bracelets fade into your daily life. Remember not to shower with them on. The more you get them wet the faster the process will be. Just like you would not wear your handbag or wallet in the shower, do not wear your bracelets. I have worn one of my bracelets every day for three years and I love the natural hue it has created. I can look back on my journey just by looking down at my wrist. I love to stack my story. I wear three of them daily, one to remind me of my nephew, one to remind me of my wedding day and the very first one I had ever made. It makes me truly grateful to see where I have been and joyful to where I am going. Please let us know how you are stacking your bracelets. We would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

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New York City

We pride ourselves in making timeless accessories that tell your story. From hand dyeing the leather to the very last stitch, each item is handmade in America. There is so much time, effort and precision that goes into everything we do. Your accessory is supposed to tell your journey of where you are going to where you have been. We provide pre-made quotes on our website that you can choose from as well as you can add your own story. I recently went to New York City for Morgan Rhea. We went to the Project MRket at the Javits Center. It was such a great and neat experience getting able to source anything from fabric to new hardware. It is such a great city and you are surrounded by so many people going every which way, what a better way to express who you are on the subway or walking in SoHo than with a Morgan Rhea accessory. This could spark a conversation and maybe you will meet a new friend or the love of your life. This is what makes Morgan Rhea so unique! It’s an investment that will last for generations. By being handmade here in America we are able to make sure each stitch is branded to our standard. We want to hear your stories of how your bracelet, wallet, key chain or handbag has sparked a conversation. Share Your Story!

 

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How to care for your accessory.

Your accessories become a part of your everyday wear. To help your leather last, keep it oiled. The more your accessories dry out the more the life span decreases. Just as we need water your handbag needs moisture. Here at Morgan Rhea, I have a process with the leather, but my last step is to always oil it. There is a lot of different ways to oil your bags. There is mink oil, neatsfoot oil as well as natural remedies. Have you ever noticed spots on your handbag? Your leather is most likely veg tanned, in this case, you definitely need to care for your accessory. Veg tan is one of my favorite leathers as it will age with you and your natural oils. If you own a Morgan Rhea, you will start to see the leather aging and soften into the perfect color. This is what we strive for. Our leather is Water Buffalo, which creates a perfect solid base for me to apply the steps in the patina process. Each step that we take here is personal, and we believe that your accessory is too. Share your story, make it count!

 

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Your Wedding Day!

Wedding season is quickly approaching and what a better way to tell your future bride or groom how much you love them, than with a one of a kind MR accessory. You can add your wedding date, the day you met, your favorite quote, or wedding vowels onto any accessory and choose from our custom colors. We hand craft everything from start to finish so that your item is personal. Our bracelets make a great gift for your bridal party. You can add a friendship quote or words that describe your friendship. Your wedding is only one day, but your friendships and love will last a lifetime, why not give them something to remind them everyday?  Planning your special day can be very stressful, so let us take care of the gift giving and you can sit back and relax (a little).

 

 

 

 

 

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School of Fashion

After graduating high school in 2009, I attended my local Community College called “Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College.” I received my two year Associate Degree in Fashion Merchandising. It was a wonderful start to my career in the Fashion Industry.
While in school, I had visited “ Savannah College of Art and Design.” I fell in love with the charm of Savannah and SCAD. The School Of Fashion was over the top. When on my tour, I was able see all the students working. Once I saw the Accessory Department, I knew that this was exactly what I wanted to study. I came home, applied and got accepted! The next step was leaving my comfort zone to start my future. I was able to meet amazing friends, my fiancé and learn from amazing top professionals in the industry. My classes consisted of hand making handbags and shoes from start to finish. In between, I had to take core classes such as art history, life drawing and critical thinking skills. I was taught the skills needed to move forward. Because of my path and attending these schools, I am confident in what I do today. It is such a wonderful feeling being able to hand make accessories for people to express their stories and who they are.

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Wake up and smell the Greenery!

Happy Spring and Happy International Happiness Day! This is probably one of my favorite days of the year. The days start to get warmer, clothes and accessories start to get brighter and the flowers are blooming. The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery. What a fun way to express yourself and be on trend. If you are feeling a little spunky and ready for spring pair this wild color with our brown Crossbody. It will be sure to stand out and express your story.
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International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, I would like to introduce and talk about our new Gratitude bracelet this month. I had the great pleasure to hear from five inspiring women in the community speak last week at the “Women Of Achievement” luncheon hosted by the YWCA Charleston. These wonderful women talked of their journeys, strengths and tribulations. I felt honored as I sat in the crowd listening to their stories, as I shed a few tears (maybe more than a few) I was overwhelmed. I felt empowered and inspired as a woman entrepreneur.

The YWCA has a wonderful mission which goes as follows: At the YWCA Charleston we are dedicated to our mission: eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We here at Morgan Rhea are truly grateful to have teamed up with the YWCA Charleston. Our Gratitude page is driven by the support of others. The words that are written on the front of the bracelet are, “She believed she could so she did” with the YWCA Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women logo on the inside. Lets help lift each other up by helping to empower one another and strive to be dedicated to the YWCA mission of “Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women.”

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Inside British Vogue

As a Designer you dream of Vogue, one of the most famous fashion magazines in the world. Each page represents whats next in fashion. As I scan through the pages of the May 2016 I am overwhelmed by the next up and coming fashion and accessory designers. Featured among these new designers is Morgan Rhea! Our “Jackie Bag” is gracing the page so delicately, but making such a statement.
I recently watched a documentary on Netflix, “Inside British Vogue” and within the two episodes they go inside the April and May 2016 Issues, these are the issues that Morgan Rhea is featured in! Our “Sandra Tote” is highlighted in the April 2016 issue with singer Rihanna on the front cover. The documentary talks about both covers and even shows the photoshoot with Kate Moss for the May 2016. It was very inspiring to see how both cover images were decided on. Its not everyday you get to go inside British Vogue to see the inspiration behind the cover and especially both magazines that we were featured in! If you get a chance watch the documentary, you never know what may inspire you!

 

 

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KSU Fashion Hackathon

This past weekend our Marketing Director Michael and I visited the Kent State University Fashion Program with our local Charleston Area Alliance for the annual “Hackathon Competition”. We both had a wonderful and inspiring experience. The hackathon was a weekend long event where students from all majors develop a project. They only have 36 hours to build their project and had to make a garment or some form of fashion mixed with technology. An example would be building an app or website along with their fashion garment or accessory. At the end of the 36 hours we got to hear and see some phenomenal ideas that could defiantly be used in the marketplace today! I look forward to seeing the next generation of fashion students that have been exposed to the wonderful technology at the TechStyleLAB at Kent State University.
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Thank You

Thank you to all who have supported us through 2016. We cherish your stories and hope that when you start to wear your accessory you will notice the leather softening as it journeys through each day and begins to show your story alongside it.

Did you know when you support a small business you are supporting a dream, a designer, an entrepreneur and a community. You are also getting a luxury product that has been hand made in America. Your support goes a long way and we here at Morgan Rhea appreciate you!

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