Sapahn means “bridge” in Thai, and we’re all about building bridges: from artisan to consumer, from country to country, from our family to yours. With this in mind, we want to give you the chance to build a bridge in a whole new way.
You may have noticed that the bags in the Omega Leather Collection are named after women: the stately Winnie Jo wallet, the adventure-ready Aida bucket bag, and the hip Sarah Ann crossbody. The tradition of naming a bag after a woman isn’t new to the fashion world — think of the iconic Birkin bag named for singer and actress Jane Birkin — but at Sapahn, we want to make it a little more personal. We want to put the spotlight on everyday women right next to us, the women who have been there all along.
Starting with her first collection, it has been Sapahn founder Brooke’s favorite tradition to name every new bag design after an influential woman in her life. Brooke states her idea behind the tradition: “I have no education or training in design, so bringing these designs to life took a great deal of time, reflection, and patience. I wanted to name the bags after the women in my life who were my role models and symbolized strength, beauty, and courage. I continue to name the Omega Collection bags after women who helped shape who I am today. “
Brooke was inspired to pay homage to the women who have given her the creativity and strength to pursue designing and starting Sapahn. We do not become who we are by ourselves; it is the women who influence us that help us along the journey to becoming ourselves. Think of all the strong women who made you who you are — your mother, your sister, your teachers, friends, and colleagues. These women are the “it girls” of our lives — smart, beautiful, fearless, and practical. These amazing women deserve gratitude, and that’s where you come in.
Think of a lovely lady who has given you that extra love, guidance, and knowledge you needed to show your dreams. Think of who has served as an inspiration for your life, not an aspiration: someone who you admire that has helped you write your own story. These women have taught us how to live responsibly, creatively, and kindly, and to be fearless in the face of our biggest challenges. Often, the most influential people are nearly invisible to the public eye, but often their stories are the most interesting ones to tell. It is the small, quiet actions these women perform that create the beautiful and intricate world we live in. These are the stories Sapahn wants to celebrate.
This fall, Sapahn is releasing a brand new design — a versatile, chic shopper tote — made of the same supple, soft leather you’ve come to adore from the Omega Leather Collection. Now it’s your turn to pay tribute to an amazing woman in your life and share her story with the world.
Enter our Name This Bag Giveaway by telling your story, either on Sapahn’s website, Sapahn’s Facebook page, or your own Facebook or Instagram pages. Simply share a video or photo describing a woman in your life who deserves recognition, then attach the hashtag #bethebridge By honoring this special woman in your life, you can name our gorgeous Shopper Tote after her — and win two of her namesake bags, one for her and one for you. To enter and for more details, visit our Name This Bag Giveaway page.
Not only will you have the chance to truly celebrate the women in your life, but you’ll be doing something good for the world by experiencing the difference ethically-made, beautiful pieces can have in the world. Bridge-building is all about connections: the connections we make to the women in our lives, the women who make the accessories we use and love, and the women who we impact by purchasing well-constructed artisan products. By recognizing the women who make us who we are, we are building a bridge to the women artisans who create the things we buy — we are all connected, and it’s time we make those connections a little more visible. A legacy is being built at Sapahn, and we invite you to take part in sharing your stories and making them part of ours. We’re happy to be a part of your legacy, and we’re glad to have you as part of ours.
Sapahn is all about beautiful things doing beautiful things. We can’t think of a more perfect way to show gratitude to the ones you love than being a part of our story, and knowing women around the world will carry a bag named after a woman you cherish so much.