Meet the makers: Laura Dotolo

Starting out as a fashion stylist in New York City, Laura Dotolo has always found Manhattan to be the perfect canvas on which to create. Her experience styling for clients like Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue has been the backbone of her starting Clutch Made Factory, where designing, developing and manufacturing has been a natural extension of her 30 year design career. As well as helping clients tailor and develop their own accessories in the USA, Laura has a line of handbags sold at Clutch Bags Dot Com. Using her own factory to design, produce and manufacture her accessories, we sit down with the maker to discuss making in the USA and more!


What started your business journey with Clutch NY?


The journey with Clutch NY started with a fold up market bag idea— recyclable  market bag—and it took off.  This was in 1997-98.  From there it was a url that was secured: clutchbags.com and then handbag conceptualization based on utilitarian bags; the mailbags, the lunch bag, the coin bag, the feed bag, the pencil bag….and it just went on from there.