Military families relocate less than every 3 years making the pursuit of a single career for military spouses difficult.  In addition to continual relocation, many spouses independently manage the household throughout their partners’ training and deployment and as such they need flexible employment opportunities. Mobile employment and flexible income for military spouses was a challenge that Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse took on back in 2011.

They began designing and creating handbags by hand.  They started as two, and now their mission of providing flexible employment continues to grow with every military spouse who joins the R.Riveter Company.  They come from all parts of the country and it is they who design the bag, prepare the raw materials, and place every cut, stitch, and logo by hand.  The handbags are handmade to a strict quality standard and each one is unique and full of history featuring reclaimed military materials such as duffle bags, shelter halves and wool blankets woven alongside real, hand-dyed leather.  Each bag features an edition tab indicating the name and number of your individual bag, as well as where it was made and when.

They have just over a week left on their Kickstarter Campaign so check out their Kickstarter video and hop on over to their campaign where you can support an awesome American-made company, and in doing so, you’ll be supporting all military spouses and families.

Kickstarter R.Riveter American Handmade Challenge