Combining Fashion with Purpose
Organized as a low-profit company, we make a measurable positive impact on women’s lives through the sale of purses, donations to carefully vetted nonprofits serving disadvantaged women and the volunteer experiences we create.
We donate 10% of proceeds to nonprofit partners serving disadvantaged women suffering from domestic violence and human trafficking. Partners provide services that include mentoring, education and assistance escaping dangerous situations.
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Why Upscale Purse?
Happy and balanced women are an important foundational cornerstone for our communities. Women have tremendous barriers in their way and many have become victims of cruel and inhuman acts. One in three women will experience some form of domestic violence sometime in their life (Utah Women Stats, 2017). In 2016, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally. According to the Report, in the United States, the most common form of human trafficking (79%) is sexual exploitation. The victims are predominantly women and girls.
At Upscale Purse, our purpose is not only to provide an opportunity to purchase beautiful purses and handbags but also deliver funding to support women escaping crisis situations and offer them an opportunity for hope and a fulfilling life. A portion of the sale of every purse will be distributed to select nonprofits partners.
About the Owner
I started this company to help women achieve their dreams, every woman I know carries a purse and I love purses so the alignment is perfect. I have served in the nonprofit community for over 30 years. My past work has centered mostly in nonprofit services impacting children but in the past few years, I have worked with more organizations focused on women’s challenges. Happy and balanced women are an important cornerstone of successful families and our communities. Many women have tremendous barriers in their way to achieve their goals and too many have become victims of cruel and inhuman acts. I decided to start a company that sales purses and invests in nonprofits addressing these barriers. Because of my background in collective impact strategies, this company will work with the nonprofits who achieve significant impact for the women they serve and are making a measurable community impact.
Why are you selling women’s purses?
I love purses. If you are going into business, you should love what you sell. Each time I’m in a department store or on- line, I check out the new purses to see the new styles and buy a new one for each season. I think many purses are works of art. They are a fashion statement where a woman can easily show off their personality. We can change to a new purse as quickly as our mood changes. A woman just can’t have too many purses. A company that helps women by selling purses makes a lot of sense.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I love knowing the work I do every day will make a difference in someone’s life. Whether it is selling an amazing purse, working with a nonprofit to see if they can qualify to become one of our partners, spending time with my family, or recharging my life, I seek to live life with joy and happiness.