The name BridgeParker pays homage to the city where I was born; Bridgeport the Park City.
I remember waking up one morning having dreamt about the most exquisite clutch I had never seen in real life. That was in 2006! I haven’t made that bag yet, but with every clutch I make,
I’m trying to achieve the feeling I felt in that dream.
A little fun fact about BridgeParker Bags:
One freezing day..way back in 2009, I stood outside overnight in a line wrapped all the way around Henri Bendel in Manhattan. I was there for what used to be called "Open See". The buyers would open up the back room of the store to aspiring designers. I waited and waited. It was finally my turn...and guess what?? THEY LOVED MY SIGNATURE TRIANGLE BAG!!! But one small catch; they said "make it in leather, OUR client loves a unique leather bag. It's durable and worth the investment." They also said, "come back next year, we would love to discuss carrying your bag here at Henri Bendel.....”
I never went back. That store is now closed, but the dream is still alive and thriving!
Hello! I’m the creator & maker behind BridgeParker Handbags. As a self taught designer, I began making bags in 2006 in Bridgeport, CT. I now reside just outside Atlanta, GA with my husband Kevin.
My 1st design influence was my Auntie Harriett. She made me a dress for Easter & my
mind was blown! I remember thinking, “she made this with her hands!” I just knew she was Superman. That dress got worn for Easter, picture day, and any Sunday my mom would let me wear it to church until I couldn’t fit it anymore. Talk about real tears!!
I have always loved fashion. I remember sitting in the house watching the Fashion channel for hours! There was a host named Constance White who so eloquently portrayed black beauty and grace. I hung onto her EVERY WORD. But my biggest driving force was the great André Leon Talley. I just had to meet him one day. I literally just wanted him to know my name. That hasn’t happened yet, but there’s still time!
In honor of the Kings in my life, the creations in this collection are named after a few of the strong Black Men who made me who I am.