About Us

the mariejay team

Teresa Duryea Wong, Founder & Chief Maker

Jimmy Wong, Chief of Photography, IT, Operations, and all round very handy Man

And Tom the Dog, VP of Security

And this is ME - back in 1969 - the one in the groovy dress and boots!

the mariejay story

Back in 1969, my dad opened a business manufacturing wooden purses. During our elementary school years, my brother and I spent many a day working in his shop. I have vivid memories of helping construct those purses and watching my dad as he carefully decorated each one.

Now, as a second-generation purse maker, I’ve channeled the drive and gumption I learned from my dad and forever linked it to my own passion to handcraft purses for a new generation.

Every mariejay handbag is made by me, start to finish, in my studio. mariejay bags are made with beautiful leather and the finest cotton. The textiles inspire me and each bag is original and constructed one at a time.

I often mix materials and sometimes I’ll combine leather with vintage cotton feed or grain sacks, antique linens or lace, or upcycled burlap coffee bean sacks. Many times you’ll find stunning, Japanese fabric lining a leather bag, or cotton exteriors with leather inside. I choose all the leather myself, in person, so I can see and feel the quality.

mariejay – is a combination of mine and my father’s middle names. It honors the hard work and enthusiasm for a creative life I first experienced back in 1969, and reflects my passion and love for creating original handbags for women today.

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