LEIGH ANN BARNES

Our Story

ABOUT LEIGH ANN BARNES

Handmade in the USA by some

VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE

... survivors of domestic violence

STATEMENT OF STYLE WITH PURPOSE

"Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time" -Ruth Bader Ginsberg

We are a modern luxe accessories line that celebrates change. We strive to create beautiful accessories with innovative designs, all while providing lasting change for women-in-need domestically and abroad. Our bags change with your life and your wardrobe. 

Founded in 2010, Leigh Ann Barnes bags began as a collection of high end clutches for specialty stores. In 2017, as stadiums across the country adopted a clear bag policy, we evolved into a high end clear bag line that is meant for more than the stadium. Our unique bags are handcrafted in India by an amazing team of women. When you carry your Leigh Ann Barnes bag, know that your stylish choice is creating opportunity.

Not only do our bags change with you, but they create change for women here and abroad. Through our VIP Survivors collection, we are able to help survivors of domestic violence with a stream of revenue. These incredible women make up our manufacturing team that handcrafts every piece in our VIP collection. We are striving for enduring change one piece at a time!

Whether it's gameday, a night out, or running around town, our patent-pending bags are all about CHANGE!

"I love being a part of the VIP Team. It has truly helped my family. I have two children, ages two and five. Supporting them is my top priority. Working for VIP Survivor has given me the income I needed to save during this time at the shelter. What started as a job to earn extra money soon turned into so much more. I learned that my organizational skills, attention to detail, and conscientiousness are strengths that companies look for when hiring. I thought everyone was like me...it's nice to know what makes me special!"

– HER STORY

ABOUT LEIGH ANN

Leigh Ann Barnes, Founder

When accessory designer Leigh Ann Barnes began creating her high end clutches for specialty stores in 2010 she realized the amount of leather waste each style produced. 

If her small company was producing this much waste, weren’t others? She wanted to create a product that would use the leather remnants and at the same time give women jobs here in the U.S., especially ones who were trying to rebuild their lives.
Barnes created VIP Survivor. The small leather cuff that converts into a ponytail tie carries an important message: they are assembled by Very Important People (VIP’s), survivors of domestic violence. Women residing in the shelters’ transitional housing have the opportunity to earn money while in a safe healing environment. They are trained by Barnes and are paid to make the product. “They are my manufacturers,” she explains. “Women are paid per band, so nearly 85% of the production cost benefit these women. This is helping women create their own American dream,” says Barnes. The story of the bands and how they are made domestically by women are featured on the VIP card. “The program is limitless. We’re already collaborating with other designers to create custom lines for them. Whether we use their remnants or help with the design, our VIP team is ready to begin.”

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