While Stephanie started out designing and sewing her own handbags over 10 years ago armed with only her Mother’s Bernina, the idea of expanding and making a serious commitment to creating a modern American leather goods brand came a few years later. Finding out that many of the big contemporary brands moved production over seas and trying to find a modern leather bag that she liked, it was obvious that she had to take her designs to the next level. Behind the scenes of Stefka is a designer who is completely obsessed with design, pays attention to every detail and is committed to keeping the brand close to her, which means being made in NYC.
Designed and Made in NYC, Stefka handbags are refined and meticulous without being too pretentious, every design is original to Stefka.
The designer: Stephanie Norton has deep roots in New York City. Her Great Grandmother settled in Manhattans Lower East Side. A true love of New York City was instilled in her at a very young age. It’s that love of NYC where an obsession with design + architecture shines through. Her mother went to fashion school when the designer was a toddler. As a young girl seeing patterns and sewing machines in the home made a deep impression. Her father made goods from raw leather and on his side, his parents settled on the Rockaway Peninsula in NYC where the designer still resides with family.
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