The Keep It Local Maine Podcast

Episode 75: Alice Yardley - Maine Fashion Designer

April 20, 2022

This episode, we the chance to speak with teacher-turned-designer Alice Yardley! We asked her about the transition from teaching to designing her own line of handbags, how she got involved with New York Fashion Week during COVID, sustainability in fashion, advice for young designers, and much more!



Alice is a contemporary handbag designer based in Portland, Maine. While working as a high school art teacher for about eight years in Atlanta and New York City, she developed her love for leather-working, color theory, and design. When starting her company in 2018, Alice utilized her relationships with local upholstery and leather shops to repurpose leather pieces into unique bags. A portion of her work continues to be made with repurposed leather, and she is extremely passionate about contributing to the sustainable and zero-waste movement in the world of fashion. Each handbag is thoughtfully created into a one-of-a-kind design handmade, by Alice herself, in her studio/shop in the Washington Avenue Black Box shipping containers!

To learn more about Alice and to view her store, go to and check out her shop. Visit her at 93 Washington Avenue in Portland, Maine. Be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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