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Panhandle Craftswoman: M Street Studio

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Panhandle Craftswoman: M Street Studio

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Panhandle Craftswoman: M Street Studio
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12904/7202396?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:24:14 +0000 Panhandle Craftswoman: M Street Studio Panhandle Craftswoman: M Street Studio http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12904/7202396?cpt=8&wpid=2637 KAMR ism all right. i want you to dial things back here. remember when you were in high school, you know the extracurricular classes. >> meaghan: sure. >> andy: normally you would think, this sounds fun, but let's be honest, it's an easy a. i'll take that, don't worry. >> meaghan: but a thriving accessory design studio based in amarillo got its start in the halls of amarillo high school years ago in one such extracurricular class, so how did metal smithing take becca white to his industry. >> meaghan: find out. for beck ca white in a small black house was the start of something beautiful. >> i made jewelry since i was really small, so i started making jewelry back there and then that grew into other things. and the business just kind of went from there. >> meaghan: an amarillo high by-product, becca's jewelry design project took a detour when she couldn't find a handbag she wanted to carry, so the bag business began to take shape. handbags of all shapes and sizes became the lifeblood of m street studio. each bag telling its own story inspired by special women in becca's lifer. >> the people who carry my bags are the biggest inspiration for me. i want to make bags that... i call them working bags, because they're not like your fancy bags that you're taking out once a year. they are bags you carry every day. they put... you put all your stuff in it, and you are lugging your life around town. and that's really what i want to make and i see people carrying my beings and using them like, that and so the more i see people using them and see the women and how they're wearing them and huh they're using them and what they're putting in them, that is inspiration for me. >> meaghan: when becca returned home to amarillo, she brought m street with her. here is where her bags have developed a following, all over the state, the country, and the world. >> we have a huge cattle industry here, and leather is obviously part of the cattle industry. and so i many drawn to let err where i can see scars from, you know, the barbed wire of the cows rubbing up against the barbed wire because i feel like that really brings it home for me, like this leather had a story before it became a bag. and now it's going to have a whole new story once you start carrying it. and those scars and all of those little details that are part of its natural, you know, beauty, are just things that make the leather better and different and unique. >> meaghan: beck ca admits there are more failures than successes, but the immunity of amarillo has been incredibly helpful. >> i have learned to ask people how to do things. a lot of the leather work has been great for me to be here in amarillo because it is such a vibrant craft here. >> meaghan: an ever-changing lineup of styles, she's made thousands of bags in the last seven years, but every m street bag is made from start to finish with beck becca's hand. >> a lot of times they've bought it online or through another retailer, so i don't know them personally, but i always want to go up and introduce myself. i don't do that. my husband tells me not to, cause he says i should just kind of... >> meaghan: and now this modern day everywoman, a mother, a designer, a teacher, a business owner, faces the precipice of growth versus handmade, the ladder she's not sure she's ready to sacrifice. >> i think there's just such a great spirit here and group of people and the women here are women that work. they work for their businesses. they work for their kids. those are the women i want to be carriling my bags. people that are out there doing things and soaking up life. i feel like the panhandle is full of that. i want the keep things authentic and true to myself and the brand and making things in like a good panhandle way. >> meaghan: i'm so inspired by libby and beck ca who i interviewed for the series. i appreciate them sharing their art and their craft with the world. >> andy: what a gift we have those women here. remember, we're at 2 holidays. we're looking for gifts. i think you have several options courtesy of those two. thank you for bringing that story. >> meaghan: it's a good one. if you want the learn more about becca's beautiful designs, visit





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