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Designer Leigh Ann Barnes created VIP Unlimited Bands in 2014 as a way to recycle materials leftover from the production of her luxury handbag line. Since then she has grown her company to employ women both in the United States and overseas in India. Each band features exclusive designer remnants of Italian leather, lambskin, snakeskin, embossed patent leather and artisan original hand-painted leather. The small leather cuff that converts into a ponytail tie carries an important message: they are assembled by Very Important People (VIP’s), survivors of domestic violence. The story of the bands and how they are made domestically by women are featured on the VIP gift card. “The program is limitless. We’re already collaborating with other designers to create custom lines for them. Whether we use their remnants or help with the design, our VIP team is ready to begin.”
When accessory designer Leigh Ann Barnes began creating her high end clutches for specialty stores in 2010 she realized the amount of leather waste each style produced. If her small company was producing this much waste, weren’t others? She wanted to create a product that would use the leather remnants and at the same time give women jobs, especially ones who were trying to rebuild their lives.
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All of Leigh Ann's products are handmade by women both here in the United States and in India. Product's are made using quality products.
Women residing in domestic violence shelters’ transitional housing have the opportunity to earn money while in a safe healing environment. They are trained by Barnes and are paid to make the product. “They are my manufacturers,” she explains. “Women are paid per band, so nearly 85% of the production cost benefit these women. This is helping women create their own American dream,” says Barnes.