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Let’s Talk with…..MinneBites!

Today we have another treat in store for you! We have a sneaky look behind the doors of Mary Pow’s MinneBites store on Etsy.  Here’s what Mary had to say…

Hi! I’m a designer and a mom and my name is Mary Pow. I have a handmade business and online shop called MinneBites, where I sell bags and cases designed and made by me to customers all over the world. MinneBites started as cute animal shaped bags with zippers for mouths. As a result, I get the name for my business from the small animal bags that ‘bite’ and from the ‘Minne’ in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where my home studio is located. Creating titled

I went to school for architecture and finished my master’s degree thinking I would eventually become a licensed architect. But after working in the field for several years, I quit my job to stay home full-time with my young children. It was a wonderful decision, but I really missed being out of the creative world. Eventually, I borrowed my mom’s sewing machine and began to create little bags for my kids. That small scale design was just what I was missing. I began to design and create more bags and cases, slowly growing my designs and creations into a business.

I’ve expanded MinneBites from its beginning as bags shaped like animals to include several lines of modern bags, wallets, and cases. I start each design with carefully chosen fabrics that I love. And I always include a touch of the unexpected: unique color combinations and design elements that pop.

Some of my bestsellers are:

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My newest design is the Snail Pouch Wristlet:

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And one of my favorite designs for women is the Nokomis Zipper Wristlet:

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MinneBites has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Buzzfeed, Cool Mom Picks, Daily Candy, Babyology, Child Mode, Illustration Friday, as well as numerous blogs and websites.



Mary Pow

Mary Pow is the creator of the handmade indie brand MinneBites. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their three children. She sneaks into her home studio to design and sew whenever she gets a chance.

You can find more about Marys products in her Etsy Store.


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