CREATORS: PRIMECUT

I haven't shared a creator interview in a while and realized I quickly missed this segment. As part of this space I want to introduce my readers to beautiful ethically made goods. 

For my first creators post of 2017, Lizzie from PRIMECUT was gracious enough to let me interview her! Not only are her bags exceptionally well made but the beautiful hides she selects are like no other. Each piece is made by hand in her Portland home. A few months ago I was lucky enough to have her make me a custom bag which is featured in the below photos :) 

My custom bag experience is what really inspired me to reach out to Lizzie for a feature. She brought my idea for a circle sheep hide handbag to life and even got it to me in time for an upcoming trip! 

Clearly I'm a huge fan of this lady but if you'd like to learn more you can find her full interview below!

1. What inspired you to start Primecut and how did you decide on a name for your business? 

Primecut started out of a need to work with my hands and not sit at a desk all day. I started making bags for friends as a hobby while working at an design/branding firm, I received a lot of interest and thus Primecut was created. A friend of mine that I worked with at the time actually came up with the name Primecut. The names I was brainstorming were terrible! 

2. As everyone knows starting a small business is terrifying. What are three things you wish you knew before starting Primecut?

I’m not sure if there is anything I regret not knowing before starting Primecut. My business started very slowly and organically so I had time to figure out what worked and didn’t without investing thousands of dollars and years of time. The three things that I always keep in the back of my mind and that I think are crucial for any new creative business are:

1: If you have an idea figure out how to execute it quickly. Ideas are great but if you don’t carry the momentum you’ll never know where it leads and if it is even a good idea at all. I’ve executed tons of designs that have sucked but they have led other ideas that have been successful.

2: Trust your gut: If you don’t like what you’re doing don’t do it! I’ve made bags in the past that I’m not 100% passionate about, making one bag you don’t like doesn’t seem bad but when you have to make that same bag over and over again for six months it really starts to wear on you. 

3. Do things right: Doing something half-heartedly or incorrectly never ends well. You always end up doing more work in the long run and stressing out about things that wouldn’t even be problems if things were just done right in the first place! 

3. I love how each piece is so unique due to the beautiful hides that you use. If you had to pick one piece/style as your favorite what would it be? 

I’m in love with the Salt + Pepper hides! The speckling is always so unique. I’ve been using the Salt + Pepper Cowhide Backpack for the last six months and LOVE it. If i’m not rocking a backpack I normally have the Grey Cowhide Clutch in hand.

4. What is one goal that you have for Primecut and are there any milestones that you are particularly proud of?

My goal for the next six months is to find a production space and potential storefront for Primecut! I’ve been working out of my basement for the last two years but have been so busy that I really need to hire my first employee! 

5. What is your favorite piece in your closet right now?

An oversized sweater from Revisted Maters. It has an abstract black and white design that looks like a kiln rug. It’s super comfy and it feels like I’m wearing a piece of art!

6. What is currently on your
Must Read List: Currently reading a Manual for Cleaning Women. Next up: The Windup Girl and Dryland
Desk: The closest thing I have to a desk is my work bench which is covered with piles of leather and fabric right now.
Playlist: Always NPR but when that’s not on I’ve lately been listening to a lot of Rhye, Youth Lagoon and Alt J.

outfit: gap turtleneck (size: small, sustainable version here) / madewell wide leg jeans (size: 27, sustainable option here) / everlane brixton boots (size: 7.5) / primecut handbag (other styles that I love here, here & here)

Cheers!
Allison