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3 Reasons a Laga Handbag is the Perfect Christmas Gift for your Daughter or Granddaughter

The Christmas season is well on its way, and with it comes the opportunity to really wow your daughter or granddaughter with the perfect gift. To ensure your special gift hits the mark this year, you must tap into the fads and movements honored by this forward-thinking generation. With current...Continue Reading...

Why Are Laga Handbags Cruelty and Animal Free?

Paul McCartney has said that more people would abandon meat if factory farms had glass walls. And in an age of greater transparency, many eco-conscious individuals have adopted vegetarian or vegan diets in hopes of minimizing their contribution to the horrors animals experience on factory...Continue Reading...

Paying Forward with Laga Handbags

No one knew the day after Christmas, 2004 that a horrible disaster would soon strike, killing 285,000 people of Indonesia. Of the dead, 185,000 came from the province of Aceh, Sumatra where homes and residents were pushed into the swirling wild waters that led to the death of tens of thousands...Continue Reading...

Handbags that Help to Rebuild a Nation

 From fire comes the phoenix. In other words, beautiful things can truly come as a result of disaster. Although some areas devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami are still in the process of recovery, there are reasons to be hopeful for the people in the region. Because of...Continue Reading...

Laga Handbags on the road!

We are taking a little break for the summer but here is where we will be coming up:INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL - Long Beach, CAThursday, August 1st to Sunday, August 4thThursday 5pm to 9pmFriday & Saturday 10am to 6pmSunday 10am to 3pmLong Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 300 E...Continue Reading...

LAGA Handbags Consultant Christy Littleford at Inland Empire Quilters Guild “Country Quilt Fair”

LAGA Handbags Consultant Christy Littleford will be featuring the handmade embroidered handbags and accessories made by tsunami survivors of Indonesia. Friday May 3rd, 2013 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.Saturday May 4th, 2013 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Norco Community Center/ Riley Gym3900 Acacia...Continue Reading...

LAGA Handbags at Quilt Show in Schaumburg, IL April 4 – 6

Come and meet President of LAGA Handbags, Louise van Broekhuizen, at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo April 4, 5 & 6, 2013 held at the Schaumburg Convention Center-1551 North Thoreau DriveSchaumburg, IL 60173847-303-4100www.schaumburgconventioncenter.comFree ParkingExhibit Hall...Continue Reading...

LAGA Handbags Continues Helping Tsunami Victims of Indonesia

Hello friends:A great big thank you to you, our dear supporters, together we have made a difference since August 2006!Can you believe we are almost at the end of March 2013? LAGA had the opportunity to come and see you around the country where we’ve visited with faithful LAGA supporters and...Continue Reading...

LAGA Handbags at Lancaster, PA quilt show March 13-16, 2013

Meet LAGA Handbags President Louise van Broekhuizen in booth #1115 on the first floor of the Lancaster, PA Convention Center Wednesday March 13 to Saturday March 16 from 9 AM to 6 PM. Checkout the latest styles, selections and colors of handmade handbags and accessories by tsunami survivors of...Continue Reading...

Southern Christmas Show

The Southern Christmas ShowThe Park Expo and Conference CenterCharlotte, North CarolinaNovember 7 to 18Laga HandbagsFreedom Hall - booth 3126We didn’t know what to expect for our first time exhibiting at The Southern Christmas Show. When fellow exhibitors explained that the show would...Continue Reading...

Laga Ladies Present…

[caption id="attachment_3264" align="alignleft" width="300"] from disaster to opportunity[/caption]By now you must know that we started Laga Handbags as an extension of our tsunami relief work in the province of Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. In the almost 8 years after that first horrendous time they...Continue Reading...

UPCOMING EVENTS

COMING UP EVENTS FOR LAGA HANDBAGSOCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 4: Houston, TXNOVEMBER 4: Carlsbad, CANOVEMBER 7-18: Charlotte, NCNOVEMBER 8-10: West Palm Beach, FLNOVEMBER 9-12: Costa Mesa, CANOVEMBER 17: State College, PANOVEMBER 18: Encinitas, CAThe end of the year is always so exciting for us...Continue Reading...

Int’l Quilt Festival – Long Beach, CA

LAGA HANDBAGS at IQF LONG BEACH, JULY 2012Last week Laga Handbags exhibited at the International Quilt Show in Long Beach as we have for the past three years. Quilts, Inc., the company that puts together this series of shows, in my opinion does an upstanding job at creating a wonderful atmosphere...Continue Reading...

Laga Handbags at NQA Show in Columbus, OH

We are excited to announce that LAGA HANDBAGS will be exhibiting for the very first time at NQAJune 14-16Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio BOOTH #527.The the following week, we will be exhibiting at theOriginal Sewing & Quilt ExpoJune 21-23Raleigh Convention Center,...Continue Reading...

Laga Handbags at Holland Festival Long Beach, CA May 27, 2012 from 10am to 6pm

[caption id="attachment_2877" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Flowers galore"][/caption]It's rare for me to take pictures, and fortunately Louise loves photography so she makes up for it.The tulips of Holland were too pretty not to. And, having just gotten back from our vacation/business...Continue Reading...

From the heart of Laga Handbags

 I had a really hard time sharing this, and agonized over it for days. So I’m just going to pour out my heart, hit send and let God take it from there. Thanks so much for reading this – and for helping if you can.But let me explain what happened…On April 6, 2010, we got word that...Continue Reading...

Laga bags carry hope for Indonesia

May 3, 2012Laga bags carry hope for IndonesiaBy Brenda RubyBrenda RubyCentre_Daily_Times   ON THE WEBLaga Handbags www.laga-handbags.comAltrusa International www.altrusa.org www.altrusacentrecounty.com                        Gorgeous,...Continue Reading...

Laga Designs International Inc. aka Laga Handbags

 Laga handbags, purses, book covers, key chains, iPad sleeves, cosmetic bags, travel bags and wallets are more than fashionable accessories.Handmade by women who survived the tsunami in Indonesia, every bag sewn and sold brings hope for a better tomorrow.Embraced by the media with...Continue Reading...

Earthquake in Indonesia

"We can make a difference, one handbag at a time."From Laga Handbags team in Indonesia-April 13, 2012"Situation today, 10 people killed so far in earthquake – 2 of them were thieves caught stealing things in the chaos (taking the law into your own hands)!Two buildings seriously damaged...Continue Reading...

Laga Handbags Earthquake in Indonesia

Laga Handbags made by tsunami survivors of Indonesia“Together we can make a difference, one handbag at a time.”From our team in Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia-“On Wednesday April 11, 2012 about 3:30pm we had a massive earthquake strike (8.6 on the Richter scale) here in Aceh where I am....Continue Reading...

Sundance Film Festival

-------Our friends, Dutch Film Director Leonard Retel Helmrich, Producer Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich and Film Editor Jasper Naaijkens, are so excited to have won the special Grand Jury Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition for their film POSITION AMONG...Continue Reading...

Cincinnati

[caption id="attachment_2251" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Cincinnati!"][/caption]...Driving into the downtown area of Cincinnati was pretty cool. The city has some great buildings (I'm a bit of an architecture nut) and the day was so beautiful and clear...[caption...Continue Reading...

Chicago

[caption id="attachment_2190" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Chicago is such a great city"][/caption][caption id="attachment_2192" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="McCormick & Schmick's downtown Chicago"][/caption]...After attending Willow Creek, we had originally planned to do...Continue Reading...

Willow Creek

...Today we had a day off and went to check out the church service at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. We have heard a lot about Willow Creek, about all the wonderful things in which they are involved, and I just don't think it was just a coincidence that the church was...Continue Reading...

OSQE Day 2 & 3

...Day 2 of OSQE was April Fool's Day… funny thing is, Roy didn’t pull any pranks on me this year as he usually likes to do ~ could it be that he was just too plumb tuckered out? That is my guess ~ and I didn’t have the energy to pull off anything either! HA! I thought it would be fun to...Continue Reading...

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo

[caption id="attachment_2060" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="our Laga booth"][/caption]...The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Schaumburg, IL is our third show on the road in three weeks and I have to admit that I’m getting a little weary now. I guess that is evident by the fact that I...Continue Reading...

Chicago

[caption id="attachment_2017" align="alignleft" width="150"] gorgeous day for a drive[/caption]...On Monday we just took our time packing up and getting on the road. We were met once again with crispy cold air and a beautiful day with bright beautiful blue skies. Roy drove the first leg of...Continue Reading...

Day Three: OSQE Cleveland

[caption id="attachment_1863" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="below freezing this morning"][/caption]...On Day 3 of the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo in Cleveland again we awoke this morning to a beautiful blue sky! But of course we learned our lesson yesterday than to think it would be...Continue Reading...

Day Two: OSQE Cleveland

[caption id="attachment_1819" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="beautiful blue sky"][/caption]...We woke up this morning, looked out of our window, found the sun shining and the sky clear blue with beautiful wispy white clouds. After we ate breakfast, we headed outside and... WOW! What a...Continue Reading...

Day One: OSQE Cleveland

...[caption id="attachment_1760" align="alignleft" width="300" caption=" yes, a snowy morning calls for Starbuck's! "][/caption]This morning, we woke up to snow on the ground! They told us at the front desk of our hotel that the weather report called for snow in the evening but we really didn't...Continue Reading...

OSQ Expo Cleveland

Considering the fact that we've never been to Cleveland before, never done the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo before, never been at the I-X Center before, and that we woke up in the morning with the rain pouring down (by the way, I checked the weather 2 days ago and there was absolutely NO signs of...Continue Reading...

Cleveland

...I'm posting this a day late but yesterday we had a day off after arriving in Cleveland. It was really cold outside, between 36 and 42 degrees, much colder than we Southern Californians are used to for sure! But there was no rain or sleet or snow, so we braved the cold and went for a drive to...Continue Reading...

Our previous travels

...Roy and I arrived home safe and sound late on Friday night a couple of years ago and I wrote this story about our experiences on that trip... it was an entertaining story and one that Roy wanted me to post for you here. So here goes:June 23, 2009"It was not an easy one this time around (is...Continue Reading...

Back on the road

...So today we took it easy as we prepared to take Laga on the road for our next show. After having breakfast and packing our suitcases, we brought everything downstairs to pack them into our van. Considering it was already cram-packed FULL, we managed to squeeze everything in. But we couldn't...Continue Reading...

Day Four: AQS Lancaster

...We concluded our time at AQS Lancaster with a bang! Having sold out of several styles/colors, we had to send for more inventory from home to be shipped to our next show: Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Cleveland, OH. It's been an exciting show for us, this being the second time we exhibited here...Continue Reading...

Day Three: AQS Lancaster

...There were bus loads of people brought to the Lancaster County Convention Center today and the place was all abuzz with avid quilters! What I love so much about quilters is that they are always in a good mood, have lots of friends, laugh a lot, and are just overall the friendliest and...Continue Reading...

Day Two: AQS Lancaster

...Day Two of AQS Quilt Show in Lancaster, PA was awesome! Roy and I were very busy and we had a great day! We made a lot of new friends and hopefully loyal Laga followers for the future! It was really fun seeing people come through our booth with their version of St. Paddy's day garb... we saw...Continue Reading...

Day One: AQS Lancaster

...Hello Quilters!Today was awesome! It was so great to see so many of you! Inspite of the fact that we advertised a different booth #, YOU FOUND US![caption id="attachment_1418" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Laga Booth #2411 at AQS Lancaster, PA"][/caption]-------We...Continue Reading...

Laga Handbags on the Road

...We're taking Laga Handbags on the road! For the next four weeks, we are on a journey of Quilt Shows and we're very excited to experience this adventure! It's the first time that we will be on the road for this long, going from one show to the next, with just a few days in between. We'll have...Continue Reading...

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