Welcome! My name is Brandi Bautell, designer behind Maris Rae. Here is a little bit about me.
I am married to a wonderful and patient man who has encouraged and supported me every step of the way from the moment I began my Maris Rae Handbag line. We have 3 boys, each with distinctly different personalities, who are growing way too quickly. I love to see the explorer and maker show itself in different ways in each of them!
*How/when did I start Maris Rae?*
Because my husband was in the military for a number of years, we have endured many moves all over the U.S. While living in Savannah, GA in 2004 my husband bought a sewing machine for my birthday. I didn't request one...goodness, I didn't even know how to thread one! But knowing I'm a creative person, he thought I might like one. Once I opened it up and started sewing, I couldn't stop. I found the fact that I could create something unique AND functional with only fabric and thread utterly exciting.
My main focus has always been handbags, and I have worked very hard through naptimes and late nights to design and produce a quality handbag to be proud of.
While living in upstate New York in 2006, I began my line, Maris Rae Handbags. My sister, Raquel Petzoldt now helps me with sewing and design. Very important to us is the quality and attention to detail that is put into every piece we make.
*So where does the name, Maris Rae, come from, you ask?*
Maris Rae is my momma's name. She has always wholeheartedly supported me in any endeavor I choose to tackle, never telling me I am dreaming to big or trying to achieve the unachievable. She instilled in me a deep love of the outdoors, and an appreciation for detail.
*Where does my inspiration come from?*
While inspiration for my collections comes from a diversity of areas, most of my designs and color palettes stem purely from God's awesome gift of nature. Often overlooked is the range of spectacular hues that are present in this beautiful earth God has created for our enjoyment! From subtle, comfy earthtones to the brightest neons we can imagine-I assure you, there will never be a color that man can copyright; it has already been placed somewhere on this earth by our Creator.
Have you seen the Aurora Borealis? How about an Arizona sunset? The perfect and delicate gold detail on a monarch chrysalis? The mantis shrimp? Inspiration from Creation is endless...
My mind is endlessly churning with new ideas and color combos. Everywhere I look in my world, I see a potential gorgeous handbag that could be made from the hues and textures I behold.
Besides my goal of showcasing God's design, I desire to make handbags that are not only pretty. Some I want to emit or reflect a feeling...maybe of WONDER, maybe of COMFORT, maybe of RESILIENCE, maybe of COURAGE, maybe of FAIRYTALE ROYALTY.
I want every woman to be able to carry a handbag that inspires her and reflects her personality.
I present to you a piece of functional art, a piece that you will truly love to carry, the Maris Rae Handbag.
To my customers: It is you that have encouraged me by your kind words and purchases of my work that have allowed me to pursue what I truly love to do. Thank you!
Sing your own song.