Manimal Offers Beautiful and Functional Products to Value and Cherish
I'm Kristen - I started this made to order leather goods line in 2003, when I was 24 years old. I studied clothing design and am one of those girls you either were or went to school with, who was always making and wearing some home sewn weird clothing to junior high dances. I love every kind of handwork = sewing, drawing, writing, braiding, mending, shelling nuts, lacing shoes, etc. I live and work in a sunny attic apartment with my seven year old son in the outer edge of Boston, Massachusetts.
I describe Manimal as a careful company that handcrafts leather goods for adults, children and babies. At times I am a team of one, at other times I work with select local makers, always with the greatest attention.
The story is this-at the height of an emotional crisis, a dear friend and I went on a great rambling trip in the American Southwest. When we came home, I checked out a boy scout book at my local library and followed the instructions to make this friend a pair of moccasins in commemoration of our trip. Then I made a pair for me...a pair for my mom...a pair for my sister...on and on and on...for fifteen years.
Right now-I love making the sunscape / moonscape tote so much. Because it is crafted using small scraps from the rest of the collection there's a lot of play with color, which is my favorite. Each one is absolutely unique.