How BCK started Handmade by BCK

My favorite children's book is Miss Rumphius - the message is that you must do something to make the world more beautiful - we each need to figure out what that is, but for me it has always been making things from art to bags and everything in between.

A few years ago, my husband told me to start making more gifts. I went to art school, studied photography and video and really wasn't doing much to be creative; I was working in startups doing marketing. I took his challenge on, and taught myself how to knit. I started with arm knit scarves, then blankets, then hats and now....bags. We need to find the thing that sparks us, and I love making all of these things. It is contemplative, yet it doesn't take days to see an outcome - you can see beauty very quickly. So quickly, that in one day, I can walk out the door with my new bag in hand.

Each bag is named after some combination of my children's initials. My youngest daughter, Eva's middle name is Marcia, named after my mom who passed away. I love that I can represent my girls and also keep a little piece of my mom with me. Each bag has unique button closures and leather tags. They are durable, washable, but they also change over time. You may see pilling if you use it every day for months; it's part of the process of fabrics. Like leather or any material, it evolves over time. One designer I follow said that she lives with the marble rings on her counter; it is part of the process. It isn't about it being perfect - everything on this site is handmade: each one is different, each is handled with care, each one has tiny imperfections, and each one should bring you confidence when you wear it. Just like all of us, not perfect but beautiful.
It is important to me that my children see me both being creative, but also learning to build something, start from nothing and stick to it. They have wanted to be part of the process; I have taught them basic finger knits, they have made sigs to help sell the bags, they have modeled the bags (way better than I do), and they have given me feedback on the website - always my harshest critics. We have talked about what it means to give back to the community while also doing something that brings you joy.
Thank you for visiting - hope you enjoy! - Beth Cohen King
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