Black Business Alert: Self-Taught Handbag Designer Turned Hobby into Full-Time Business

[socialBuzz] Black Business Alert: Self-Taught Handbag Designer Turned Hobby into Full-Time Business

As a child, Cortnie Hutchinson spent countless hours watching her grandmother sew, but she never connected the dots and realized that she was being prepared for a career as a handbag designer.
 

 
The owner of Love, Cortnie, a handmade collection of oversized clutches, leather, and calf-hair bucket bags recalls, “My grandmother was super handy so I always wanted to learn how to sew, but never found the time. During the summer of 2011, I was between jobs, so I asked my grandmother to teach me how to sew. While sitting in her kitchen playing around with scrap fabric on her machine, which she later gave to me and I still sew on today, I came up with the idea of making a clutch.”
 

 
Now, four years later, Hutchinson has transitioned from employee to entrepreneur and her business continues to thrive. She is completely free from corporate america and owns herself 100%. This is a true testament to how following your passion and finding a way to monetize it can give you a life of fulfillment and purpose. Not to mention a family business that you can pass on to the next generation. This is what entrepreneurship is all about. Use your resources and talents to employ yourself so that you can live, not merely exist.
 
Cortnie’s grandmother gave her the skill, but it was Cortnie’s vision that allowed her to turn a skill into a income generating business. Below are some clutches that she has designed. You can check her our at http://lovecortnie.com/

 

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