PEcado Handbags and Accessories are crafted from carefully selected genuine leather and handmade in Northern Michigan, USA.
Bringing three generations of family artistry, design knowledge and experience from Northern Europe, PEcado designs are based on an architectural approach of modifying and creating new constructions while using a handmade process to create bags and accessories that successfully combine function, style and distinction.
Originally from Ukraine, owner and designer of PEcado Handbags and Accessories, Alona Kelly, started as a fashion designer by making custom garments at the age of 14 and with life challenges and transformations through the years, finally opened her first retail handbag and accessory showroom in the summer of 2013 in Petoskey, Michigan.
“Every little girl and boy has a dream job; a job that may not be their final stop in life but definitely a fascination at the time. I was not an exception – I grew up in a middle-class family that struggled financially from time to time. Dreaming seamed to be the only thing that did not require finances” – Alona laughs. “I dreamed of becoming the next generation Coco Chanel or Karl Lagerfeld; dreaming of being a fashion designer!”
“I started when I was 6/7 years old helping my grandma and my mom with sewing, knitting, cross-stitching, and other projects. I loved it! It was so fun and entertaining watching my mom place different pieces together that would turn out to be my dress or a skirt, or a pair of pants.”
Continuing her story, Alona shares, “Taking some fashion design and tailoring classes in high school gave me enough basic knowledge to understand the concept of design principles and techniques. By the time I turned 16, I was already making custom-designed garments for family members and friends and by 19 – for private customers. I would stay up till 6 o’clock in the morning just to finish a piece and look at the final result before I went to bed!! The excitement of transformation from a few scraps of material to an amazing finished piece was bigger than me. So as a fear of going to college and keep doing what I loved so much day in and day out… The idea of losing that excitement, that drive and get bored with sewing was so big and persistent that it pushed me into a totally different field instead – language interpretation.”
“Always curious about different countries, their culture, language(s) and traditions gave me the incentive to go to college to become an interpreter (Ukrainian, Russian, Spanish, English languages) and be able to learn and experience all of these things on my own. Nevertheless, even while studying toward a language interpretation career I continued to design and study sewing techniques through the college years.”
Coming to the United States in 2009 began a new chapter in my life. An unexpected opportunity of working and learning about different types of genuine leather while employed with a local designer and realization that I don’t have to work for someone else to enjoy what I do helped me to open my own business in summer of 2012”.
Since then, Alona channels her artistic appreciation and creativity into all of her collections, finding inspiration throughout her life and the world at large. She designs for a confident woman with exceptional taste – one who demands a versatile wardrobe in which she feels polished and impeccable.
For those who enjoy Alona’s pieces but would like to add details of their own choosing, Alona Kelly offers custom-designed products. “We strive to create accessories that allow women to comfortably exude their strength and beauty.” – states Alona. “Working exclusively with trusted suppliers from New York and California gives us an opportunity to offer a large selection of natural leather to our customer: from butter-soft lamb and goat to exotic python, ostrich, hair-on/furs; from natural to dyed, to matte, glazed, pearlized, perforated etc. A lot of this skins are hand-dyed that makes the finished product even more special. Double stitching, durable hardware, lined leather, are all features that are captured and presented in our truly one of a kind Hand-crafted product.”
“We assist customers when choosing a style of the desired piece. In addition to skin, color and texture options, size, the length of strap(s) (if any), the number of pockets, zippers etc. may also be tailored to a customer’s personal taste.”
“We ensure a truly personalized experience for each one of our clients providing them with an “Infinite Choice” of design possibilities”.
Today, you can easily find PEcado handbags and accessories in their boutique in Bay Harbor, Michigan or by shopping online. The minimalist concept behind today’s store clean white look with an accent of color and a few traditional features allows for each piece of merchandise to speak for itself.
PEcado intends to add a clothing line to Alona’s current inventory of handbags and accessories in Spring of 2017. The design work is in progress. The PEcado adventure continues!