From her small studio in Fox Point, Dora Izquierdo is creating handbags that are making a big impact. A native of Mexico City, Izquierdo had a long road to the East Side. The creative mind behind Doizpe Handbags studied in Australia, New York, and Italy before coming to Providence – but her bags still have a global impact. “I believe a designer who constantly is thinking about creating new objects needs to be conscious about our world situation and environment,” Izquierdo says. Her vegan handbags are made by Mexican women, and some of them incorporate palm leaf weavings made by Mayan artisans.
“Supporting women in Mexico is so important to me,” Izquierdo says, because she’s “contributing to the life of artisan women, helping them to evolve in a personal way and as a community.”
Her colorful and fun bags have been recognized in InStyle, Vogue Mexico, Glamour Mexico, and The Handbag Designer Awards.
“My story as a designer started when I was 11 years old, watching John Galliano’s fashion show,” Izquierdo says. “At that time I didn’t know exactly what a designer was, but it sounded like fun for me, thinking that I could be able to keep playing with my imagination.”