Founded by Theresa Lee (whose resume includes a decade of working in design, from being Design Director at DODOcase to Art Director at Sephora/LVMH), SF-based Future Glory Co takes the art of bag design with sincerity. With four different collections, there’s something to cover a wide range of lifestyles and preferences. Take the minimalist, architectural purses in the Rockwell collection, for example: delicate brass circles in lieu of traditional handles and premium Horween leather make a bold statement. You’re ready to conquer the work day—and that night out. The mixed Pendleton-and-leather backpacks and totes in the Americana collection evoke something laid-back yet special.
A portion of every purchase is also donated to local organizations that support women in need. They’re currently donating 5% of their profits to Because Justice Matters (a Tenderloin District-based center aiding women victims of sexual exploitation and domestic violence) and are aiming to increase that amount to 10% this year. Furthermore, Future Glory Co has launched an apprenticeship program to offer skill training and employment.
“Our namesake says it all—we want to help others find their calling and help them get on their feet,” Lee tells CH. “Last year, we got our apprenticeship program off the ground for a few months through our charity partner, Because Justice Matters. Our first apprentice had a storied past and was happy to be working with a company that gave back to her community. Since then, we have expanded our apprenticeship program to include at-risk youth and are currently working with an Oakland high school student to help prepare him for college. As for our next steps, we would like to grow the program and train women from 0 to 100 and help with job placement if needed.” While Future Glory Co bags make a striking first impression on their own, it’s warming to know that they’re made in good conscious as well. With the plethora of brands and outlets to shop from these days, it’s smart to take a breath and think about where these pieces are really coming from.
Images courtesy of Future Glory Co