Lovely Little Bags of Long Beach was started by designer Vickie a native of Long Beach California who has 36 years of experience in the Los Angeles fashion industry – including pattern making for high-end designers and teaching at one of the country’s top fashion schools, FIDM. While browsing the shops of LA’s garment district, Vickie came upon left over pieces of soft, buttery leather from a coat factory and realized the leather could be put to better use than ending up in a landfill. Thus Lovely Little Bags in LB was born. One of the primary goals of Vickie’s business other than to create beautiful and functional one-of-a-kind bags, is to upcycle left-overs from the garment industry. Upcycling is the act of reusing discarded and previously unwanted materials to create a product of higher quality than the original.