Designing, developing and manufacturing so many different products for our clients is a natural extension of everything Laura has been doing during her design career over the last 20 years in New York City. She started as a fashion stylist here and has always found Manhattan to be the perfect canvas on which to create. She feels that there is always a hum on the streets here, a hum that gets into your veins, and motivates you to bring to fruition a dream. She shares that passion with every new client she meets.
Her experience styling for clients like Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, In Style and Oprah as well as a bevy of similar fashion brands has taught her that sometimes the trends being depicted are not what consumers really want over time. By being able to shape the fashion trend of the moment in her styling career, she has learned how to work with our clients to tailor and develop products that have tremendous appeal in the marketplace. As a manufacturer herself of her own line of handbags found at ClutchBags.com, she has learned the trade secrets in sourcing materials, designing products, and creating good profit margins. This expertise has our clients returning to us again and again with their manufacturing, design and product development needs. Made in USA pays!
Ana comes to Clutch Made from Curitiba, Brazil, as our head product designer. After moving to New York and taking a year at Parsons School of Design, she fell in love with the energy of the City.
She loves working with all kinds of people and believes that winged eyeliner can make you feel like you’re capable of anything.
Although you can find almost anything you'll ever need in New York, there is one thing that Ana feels the city is missing; homemade Brazilian food.
Asked what she loves best about product design Ana says “I love making things that will make people happy. From the beginning of the process to the final product, the goal is to create something that people will enjoy looking at as well as using.”
Rylie Cooke moved to New York from Australia to study at Parsons School of Design in the hopes of one day owning her own design company.
She has many passions in the design world including: graphic design, fashion, art, travel, photography, videography, and writing. She has worked for Country Road Australia (visual merchandising), Whitewall magazine (fashion-journalism/graphic-design), Rixo London (graphic-design/photography/videography), and is currently the social media project manager at Clutch Made.
In her spare time she can be found in the West Village drinking coffee, eating Magnolia cupcakes and patting French Bulldogs.
Social Media Project Manager
Born in Curitiba, Brazil, Kat Yasuda has been passionate about creating ever since she was a child. Her thirst for creativity became the main motivation for her to start her design studies. Ever since she began those studies, Kat has been exploring and applying different fields within the design world, such as Graphic Design, Product Design, Illustration, Surface Design and Photography.
Kat continues working with a variety of brands, developing logos and designs relevant to the client’s art direction. As she looks to the future, she plans on working with projects that focus on sustainability and inclusivity.
When she is not working, Kat likes to investigate new artists and brands and can be found exploring new coffee shops around town.
Born and bred in the state of Michigan, Sophia Ayers moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design. She has always had a love of creating and thrived in the “art space” ever since she was a young one. This interest has now cultivated into a passionate journey in design.
Originally Sophia was drawn to couture high fashion. As she advanced in her studies at Parsons, she developed a fervor for accessory product design. She is mindful of using sustainable practices in her work and dreams of creating a sustainable athletic footwear brand.
Outside of fashion and design, Sophia loves to stay busy with fun city activities such as running, hiking, biking and eating out. On the weekends you can find her biking around the city with friends and trying new restaurants.
Asst. Sourcing Designer
Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Luane has been interested in fashion since she was just a kid sewing doll clothes. This passion intensified while living in New York City and studying Fashion Design at Parsons.
For her, fashion and accessories are a way to express yourself and communicate without words. When she’s designing something, Luane goes for a feminine yet simple aesthetic, inspired by the possibility to make someone else’s day better with pieces that bring beauty and practicality to women. Even though she loves everything related to the fashion industry, her favorite part is production, where you can take a drawing and a piece of fabric and make them come alive.
Besides fashion designing, Luane also loves to explore the city with her friends, hang out with her dog and order takeout to eat while binge watching her favorite shows.
Our master artisan Young Choi comes to Clutch Made from South Korea where he worked as an engineer before moving to New York to pursue his artful profession.
A family man with two children, Young Choi is a natural leader at our New York City factory. Apart from his knowledge of mixing the finest colors of paint for precise edge painting, Young Choi is our very own Jack in the Beanstalk, having nurtured an ivy plant that drapes the entire length of the Clutch Made factory.
What Young likes best about this city? "New York has given me the opportunity to develop and master my craft. I love the diversity within the city, and my Korean community in Queens. And of course, Korean barbecue!"
A man of few words and many talents, Mr. Kim has mastered the art of sewing leather handbags throughout his 40 + years in the craft. His expertise and vigilante attention to detail have earned him the accolade as one of the key contributors to our Clutch Made Team.
When not at the factory, Mr. Kim spends his time in Flushing Queens, where he enjoys his church and restaurant communities. If you have any questions about where to eat in Flushing, Mr. Kim is the go-to man. He knows all of the spots and secret hole-in-the-wall restaurants for everything Korean.
When asked what he enjoys most about New York City, Mr. Kim immediately replies, “taking walks with my lovely wife”.
Patty, as she is known at Clutch Made, is all Pace University business mixed with a large splash of fun! A Jersey Girl through and through, Patty enjoys the Jersey Shore, staying fit, beaching it and reading all! When not making plans to go to the movies, it is most likely she is out on the town heading for Italian food instead.
On the business side, Patty keeps all our accounting records in impeccable order so we can maintain our everyday schedule at the factory and keep all services moving along in a timely and efficient manner. If ever a question arises in regards to invoicing and billing, Patty is your go to Clutch Made Team member.
Patty’s take on the energy of New York City” “Always something to do at anytime of the day or night”.