Meet Your Maker August 1st: LD Graham Designs







made in columbus accessories handbags shop local ohio made upcycledThis week, we're excited to host LD Graham Designs at Meet Your Maker! Le'Kisha will be outside Wholly Craft from 9am-12pm this Saturday during the Clintonville Farmers' Market. She'll be bringing her entire collection of fabric pouches, handbags, and tote bags. Although she's a lifetime crafter, she's relatively new to the Columbus craft business scene, so please give her a warm welcome! Here's a little more about Le'Kisha and LD Graham Designs:


Let's start with an easy one: What do you make?
I make and design handmade handbags, totes, wristlets, change purses and other accessories. Also make and design clothes such as dresses, shirts, etc. I upcycle clothes and other items and do alterations too.

How did you get started making your current line of products?
I learned how to sew from my grandmother at the age of 7. Growing up, I had a love of accessories like handbags and jewelry  - things that make a plain outfit "POP". So in 2007  I started drawing out different handbag styles, picking out fabric, and sewing everything by hand. I started out upcycling to reuse my favorite clothes and turn them into something else...something HOT! A year later I purchased my own sewing machine.

made in columbus accessories LD Graham Designs handbag tote bag  shop local ohio madeWhy did you decide to make it a business?
When I made my first piece back in 2007, I wore it to work and got a lot of great comments on it. Soon, my co-workers were giving me shirts to make tote bags and the response just kept getting bigger.  That's when I decided to write out a price list and turned my hobby into a business!

What do you like to do in your non-crafting time?
I love to be with my family -  either out and about with them or just in the house relaxing! I also love to shop and travel!

What’s your favorite thing about Clintonville?
I really love the vibe in Clintonville. All the shops that run up and down High Street are warm and friendly and the people always have a smile on their face!