My Experience Designing my Barrington Gifts Bag


Valuable Gifts made by
valuable people” – Barrington Gifts

Back Story:

I found Barrington Gifts about two years ago. I couldn’t wait to start the process of designing my very own work bag. I love that you get to customize it and when you receive it, you know it’s one of a kind, special just for YOU.

I like to carry a different purse every season. As I was searching for a new fall/winter bag, I couldn’t find anything that I wanted to ‘commit’ to for that long nor could I find one that not everybody else had. That’s when it came to me! I would LOVE to design a Barrington Gifts PURSE! I had the work bag that was personalized, but not a purse!

As Christmas approached, my mom requested that I send her my ‘list.’ Rather than sending her to the Barrington Gifts website with endless options, I did my part beforehand by sending her a couple of designs I liked. Besides, if I was going to carry it for a whole season, she wanted to make sure she ordered exactly the right one :).



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Christmas quickly arrived, as it always does, and there it was! My first Barrington Gifts Purse just as I’d hoped!! (THANK YOU, MOM!) I loved it!! She got me the St. Anne Petite Handbag in the popular print of the season, leopard! It was perfect! Perfect size and went with everything, since we now know leopard is a neutral 😉

My husband, being the planner that he is, thought of getting me ANOTHER Barrington Gifts for the Spring season! (It’ll be here before we know it!) His plan was to gift it to me for Valentine’s Day (Swoon). So so sweet!


One night at dinner, he goes, “Okay, do you want me to tell you what I want to get you for Valentine’s Day so you can pick it out or do you want me to get something different and surprise you?” First thought, that’s a tough question! Second thought… how SWEET that was! He’s already thinking about that and it’s still January! He is seriously the best, sweetest man in the whole wide world!! So, I decided to let him tell me what it was. After he told me, he says, “I’ve got an idea! Why don’t we reach out to Barrington Gifts to see if they would be open to you coming in to their showroom to design your purse in person and writing a blog post about your experience?” See what I mean? He’s the BEST! I call him my ‘Hubbyager.’ He fully supports me in everything, we’re a team!

The Design Experience:

The next morning, I reached out to them to propose the idea. They replied SO fast and were SO excited about the idea as was I and they were so welcoming! We booked the appointment and then I did my due diligence by designing a couple on their website that I liked. I felt like I at least needed an idea of what I wanted  rather than walking in to an abyss of beautiful patterns and endless options.

When I arrived, I was greeted with open arms by the owner and another co-worker of hers. They were both lovely. They had pulled different samples of various products and patterns for me to thumb through and pointed out the new styles for spring! My first thought was, I love everything! How am I going to choose? 


Typically, when making a decision I exhaust all options, that way I know I made the right decision :). And other times, I immediately think, “That’s it! That’s the one!” As, far as choosing my bag, I saw a bag on the shelf and was immediately drawn to it. I pointed to it and said, “I LOVE that one!”

Well, that was in the first five mins. Surely, I hadn’t made my decision already. Luckily, they have a full-length mirror where you can see yourself holding your potential new bag. I had two in my hand. After I chose which one of the two I liked better, I started to play with the different stripe options. I liked a lot of them but nothing was as good as the one I first saw…exactly as is!

I couldn’t believe I had found the design I LOVED so quickly! (very unlike me 🙂 But that’s what made the experience…I surprised myself, had such a fun time, met the sweetest ladies and now I am tickled to receive my custom designed bag in the mail just in time for spring! I’d say it was a success and would HIGHLY recommend setting up an appointment to visit their showroom if you’re in the Dallas area!

Here’s the one I Chose:

IMG_4146I already had my eye on this Oyster Geometric pattern. I thought I would do it with the light leather color but when I saw myself holding it in the big mirror, it just wasn’t for me. That’s why they have the mirror there for you 🙂 Then, I thought I would go with the light pink stripe. When I held it up to the bag, it looked nice but it did not look as crisp, to me. That’s when I knew EXACTLY what I wanted! I wanted this St. Anne Petite Zippered Handbag . [Details→Pattern: Oyster Geometric, Stripe: Grey and White, Monogram: split].

About Barrington Gifts: 

Barrington Gifts is a Dallas, Texas based company that started in 1991. In 2004, they started their own factory overseas and pride themselves in caring for those who handcraft their products. What I love is that they know the people in their factory by name! WOW! That’s truly amazing and special for a company to operate that way given the global world we live in. Barrington Gifts strives to exceed the expectations of their customers with their high-quality products and they certainly exceeded my expectations  during my in-person design appointment.

Thank you, Barrington Gifts! You truly exemplify what it means to offer a unique and personalized product and deliver to your customers a genuine, heart-felt experience!! 

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  • What are the hours of operation? Monday-Friday 10-2
  • How long does it take for delivery? 10-14 days
  • Whats the outside made of? Water resistant nylon canvas

XoXo ~ Laura Belle

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