It was the combination of a serious handbag addiction, a love of sewing and a desire for a career change that led me to launch Amy Steele Bags in 2006. I left teaching finance at Dalhousie University and working with a financial risk management consultancy to transform my passion for bags into a full-time business. Although I don't have formal fashion training, I come from a long line of talented sewers; my grandmother was a dressmaker and designer and my mother is an accomplished quilter, designer and teacher.
Each bag is made in North Bay, Ontario Canada. Today, I am a member of the FARM (the Fashion and Art Retail Market) - a boutique in North Bay specializing in Canadian-made fashion.
I was also a finalist in both 2015 and 2017 in the Independent Handbag Designer Awards. In 2017, my Festival Belt Bag won the Cutting Edge Bag Award at a gala event in New York City.