Maruca Design Handbags are Fun, Funky and Functional

Posted by Linda Atiyeh - April 30, 2015

If you’re anything like the women of Gallery 30, you are always on the lookout for the perfect handbag. Well, look no further than Maruca Design! Maruca brings an artistic flair to everyday organization with fabulous fabric handbags that have gals of all ages falling in love. For over 20 years Maruca has handcrafted eye-catching bags that are thoughtfully designed with the specific needs of women in mind. Maruca’s handbags will actually work in your life because the clever designs are roomy and functional without ever sacrificing style.


Every one of Maruca’s fun and funky handbags are hand sewn in a small studio in Boulder, Colorado. All of Maruca’s fabrics are designed in-house and woven in the USA. The conception of the fabric patterns begins with Maruca’s designers who then collaborate with small independent American textile mills to bring their vision to fruition. Although the exact content of the fabric can vary, Maruca uses only upholstery grade “Jacquard” fabrics. Jacquard simply means that the material is made with an intricately woven pattern that requires a special loom in the weaving process; this specialized process gives the fabric long-lasting durability.


Maruca Design embraces the principles of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America (1860-1910), which emphasized the value of traditional and decorative craftsmanship using simple forms. Maruca handcrafts all of their bags in small production runs within a cottage industry. They believe that this process encourages a consciousness that humanizes manufacturing and “makes for a more harmonious society.”


Maruca’s Spring 2015 Collection is here! The brand new Pocket Bag is flat, sleek and compact with a top open pocket for quick access plus a zipped outer pocket for secure needs--and the size is perfect for stowing an iPad mini or eReader. The new Monarch Bag is a beautifully crafted shoulder bag with a generous open interior plus a small exterior pocket that provides easy access to your cell phone. The Spring 2015 Collection also includes the release of ten new fabric patterns: Botany Hot, Botany Cool, Doily, Trellis Jewel, Trellis Garden, Confetti Hot, Confetti Cool, Linked Black, Linked Orange and Twilight Aster. The new fabrics are inspired by historical American textiles. Maruca has reimagined “crazy quilts, floral apron motifs and applique folk art inherited from sisters’ hands long passed” and translated these homespun images into urban contemporary patterns. All of Maruca’s current handbag styles are now available in these dazzlingly original fabrics.


Our fantastic selection of Maruca Design handbags, including the fresh Spring 2015 Collection, is available at Gallery 30 in Gettysburg and online in our Web store. Whether you’re a girl-about-town, career woman or busy mom (or perhaps all three!), we have a Maruca bag to meet all your needs!


Linda Atyeh: About the Author

The owner of Gallery 30 since 2007, Linda Atiyeh personally curates Gallery 30’s collection of American fine art and artisan crafts. Linda's inspired vision has empowered Gallery 30 to flourish, while remaining true to the beliefs central to its incredible longevity and success. Over the years, Linda has redefined Gallery 30's artisan craft collection to place a greater emphasis on Pennsylvania and Gettysburg related products, and she has personally selected Gallery 30's exquisite handcrafted jewelry collection - drawn from around the world. Under Linda Atiyeh's direction, Gallery 30 expanded from its original 3,000 square feet location to its new home, a 9,100-square-foot lovingly restored historic property at 26 York Street.

A native Pennsylvanian, Linda Atiyeh takes great pride in her community and is committed to giving back to the region. Linda is on the board of directors of the Adams County Arts Council and the Historic Gettysburg Adams County Preservation Society. She is also a member of Main Street Gettysburg, Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association, the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.