My Grandpa Ralph came to this country from Turkey. He brought with him Turkish folktales and his love of music. Pappou, as we called him, began working in a factory in The Garment District in New York and later created his own line of sportswear affectionately named after my aunt, uncle, and mother. When I started sewing, I inherited my grandfather’s scissors. When I am at my sewing machine, I often imagine him standing over my shoulder, smiling his infectious smile, and saying, “hija mia, my beautiful girl.” Pappou approached everything he did with heart. It is from this place, my heart, that Bella Bolsa is born. Bella Bolsa literally means beautiful handbags, in this case beautifully handcrafted wristlet wallets, clutch wallets, crossbody bags, custom bags, and personalized gifts, designed with vintage ephemera fabrics and textures that celebrate our ability to take solace in nostalgia and create the everlasting from fleeting moments.