After a long career as an interior designer, I decided to work on designs for handbags. My original idea was to take a traditional product in a new direction. I have always played around with industrial materials to create sculpture and jewelry, and being from the rubber capital of Akron, Ohio it only seemed right to use rubber in my next venture.

Redefining the way we look at things we see everyday continues to be a challenge. Finding ways to work with materials that are originally designed to perform other tasks has become a favorite part of my work.

Textured rubber, embossed stainless steel, rivets and hardware have a high-tech feel, yet still produce a lightweight, functional handbag that can be worn with the most casual or formal attire. I hope you'll enjoy wearing your Gloria Gerber bag or jewelry as much as I enjoyed designing it!