5 Reasons to Attend the SF Women’s Expo, Oct. 5-6

San Francisco Women's Expo

Two weeks from now, the San Francisco Women’s Expo will take over the San Mateo Event Center for two full days of shopping, do-it-herself workshops, cocktail-tasting, amazing seminars and more.

Spicer Bags will be there — in booth #233 — and here’s why we think you should come too! Oh, and we also have some free tickets. If you’re interested, read on…

5 reasons to attend the SF Women’s Expo:

1. Get deep discounts on early bird holiday shopping

There will be over 500 (yes, five hundred!) boutique shopping exhibits. Selling everything from home decor to accessories, you’ll be able to find a gift for everyone on your shopping list! Plus, many exhibitors will be offering amazing show specials. Our show special? 10-35% OFF EVERYTHING including our current season and one-of-a-kind bags!

2. Attend fun DIY workshops

Learn how to decorate cupcakes, make unique holiday wreaths and fix up the house in workshops presented by Home Depot — plus many more!

3. Be a cocktail taste-tester

It’s a dream come true! Taste all those funky new cocktails you’ve been meaning to try such as Adult Chocolate Milk, Little Black Dress Vodka and Chocolate Rouge — and learn how to prepare them in the “Art of Cocktail Preparation” workshop. For the less adventurous, there will also be Francis Ford Coppola winery tastings.

SF-Womens-Expo-Benefit-Makeup4. Have a spa day

Try on makeup by Benefit, Origins, Clarins, Aveda and more. Or, get a massage in the Rejuvenation Garden. Or, get a complete makeover in the San Francisco Institute Paul Mitchell Makeover booth!

5. Learn a thing or two from the pro’s

The keynote speakers this year are Joan Rivers — an entertainment legend — and Niecy Nash, Emmy Award-winning actress and television host. There will also be informative seminars such as the “Small Business Launch Pad” and “Take Control of Your Financial Future.”

Have we convinced you? Here are the event details:

When: Sat. Oct. 5 — Sun. Oct. 6, 2013. 10AM-5PM both days.

Where: San Mateo Event Center
1346 Saratoga Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94403


Interested in those FREE TICKETS we mentioned?

Like us on Facebook and stop by our page on Tues. 9/24 for our tickets giveaway!

Otherwise, tickets can be purchased for $10 here.

Hope to see you there!

– The Spicer Bags Team


Meet our new owner & CEO!


Sally Spicer Bags is happy to announce that we have a new owner and CEO, Bay Area resident and retail guru, Bonnie Gemmell (pictured right above, with daughter Sarah).

Bonnie has a diverse background including founding a catalog & retail store of well-designed American made products in Palo Alto, running a marketing agency in Sonoma and working as an interior stylist all around the Bay Area. Now, she’s excited to be the new CEO of Sally Spicer Bags and to help the company succeed, grow and prosper.

Bonnie is joined by her daughter, Sarah Gemmell (who coincidentally goes by the nickname “Sally”!) Sarah has a background in marketing for startups and small businesses as well as copywriting, design, product development and event planning. She’ll be running day-to-day operations at Sally Spicer Bags. 

Bonnie and Sarah look forward to bringing the Sally Spicer brand to more customers and retailers around the US than ever before.

Bonnie and Sarah have a strong belief in what the Sally Spicer brand has stood for since its founding in 2000: creating durable, stylish, American-made products. These things will never change about Sally Spicer Bags. 

There will be other changes, however: A brand update including a new logo & website will be announced in the coming days. We hope this will modernize the brand, and allow for more versatility in the brand offering. (Like any 13-year old, we’re feeling a bit antsy in our own skin!)

There will also be updates in the bag design department: think backpacks, fanny packs, bright patterns and more!

Bottom line: stay tuned! We’ll be announcing our upcoming changes here on the blog, on Facebook & Twitter, and via email. 

If you have any questions or concerns with what you’ve just read, please contact us at bonnie@sallyspicerbags.com or sarah@sallyspicerbags.com. We’d love to hear from you!

– Bonnie & Sarah


Announcing: cork bags!

We’re so excited about our newest creation — a line of cork bags and purses — that we thought we’d give you a sneak peek! 

Ta da!


About the Cork Weekender:

Above is the Sally Spicer Weekender in 100% Natural Cork. Unlike other bags in our line, this bag will be available with a canvas bottom & handles (as well as Polyvinyl). It also has two exterior pockets and a big interior pocket to help with organization.

The best part of all however, is how durable and easy-to-clean the bag is: simply toss it in the wash when it gets dirty!

The line of cork bags is not yet in our online store, but if you email us, we’ll alert you as soon as the bags are available!

How the bags are made:

What we love about our cork bags is that they’re made in an incredibly unique and sustainable way.


We buy our cork from a supplier in Spain who literally shaves the cork bark off the tree. This means no cutting down trees — a truly replenishable source of materials for our bags.

And then as usual, the bags are all assembled in our San Francisco studio. 

Stay tuned for more!

hello spring!


After we launched our Spring and Summer 2013 collection, we waited through a couple of weeks of cold-ish weather, but now, here in San Francisco, it is pretty much officially spring!  We feel it in the air, and are simply thrilled to enjoy the sun and liveliness of the natural environment with our incredible new fabrics!

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Currently, we’re watching the social activity of birds over our morning tea, and enjoying the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms in our little city!

Cherry Blossoms in SF's Japantown!

Cherry Blossoms in SF’s Japantown!

spring birds!

spring birds!





A whirlwind of Spring Orders has left us with a few back ordered fabrics:

Our Adana Aqua will be available on 4/1

Our Rattan Marrakech will be available 6/1

Be sure to get your orders for those fabrics in as they become available!

Happy Spring to you and yours!

fall + winter collection

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Recently, we had the pleasure of debuting our newest collection online.

Our newest collection, Fall + Winter 2012 has a decidely eclectic feel. Inspired by the lush history the silk road, we chose fabrics that have a decidedly travel-inclined feel and a worldly look.  We named them accordingly, borrowing famous destinations from along the pathway of goods, spices, textiles, gems etc.


Adana Slate

Adana Serpentine


Baku Lapis

Baku Charcoal

For textile and history buffs, the Silk Road has always encapsulated the beginning of globalization and a clear example of inspiration and cultural exchange.  Being travel inclined ourselves, and wanting to always be open to all the inspiration and lessons the diverse world has to offer, we feel a sort of fascination when we imagine and think back to the Silk Road.  Since we’re not sure when we will be able to make the pilgrimage and take Trans-Siberian along the path that camels once traveled, this will satisfy us for now!

Our collection, sumptuous and rich, is a perfect addition to any Fall + Winter plans, gifts and tasks!  Wishing you a prosperous, inspired and fruitful season!

Shop our newest collection here!

The last days of summer…

My dear friend enjoying the last moments of light

As we prepare ourselves for the changing of the guard, the changing of seasons, we are doing our very best to capture all of the “summer” moments we can!  From ice cream, watermelon, sunset bike rides and beach walks… we are savoring all of it!

In this almost-nostalgic time, we thought it would be fitting to let you and yours snatch up what we have in our fabulous current Summer stock.  With 15% off of our current line, you can afford to get the bags for those last summer moments you can’t afford to miss.  We have included just a few photos of ours that encapsulate our Summer sentimentality…


a glorious summer sunset from one of our favorite trips

shop here

Cause for celebration!

This month, we have a high concentration of things (and people) to celebrate.  In hindsight, this could (and should) be said of all months in the year, but in this month of May, we find it exceptionally true! 

The most noteable of celebrations being the 75th anniversary of our glorious Golden Gate Bridge! 

Golden Gate Bridge’s Birthday Celebration this past weekend!

Also, we have not one, not two, but THREE birthdays this month in our lovely little factory and office.  Our wonderful employees Rube and Kwok enjoyed their birthdays earlier this month, and we just recently celebrated the birthday of the talented and brilliant woman in charge; Sally Spicer!

As we parktake in all of the birthday celebrations, and remember all the reasons to celebrate each other, we think about the year behind us, and all the great things in store for us and our loved ones!

We have compiled a short list, below, of reasons we are celebrating;

1. Fresh and fabulous new fabrics for our upcoming FALL line!

a little sample!

2. Summer plans and upcoming travels

Summer excursions!

3. The birthdays of the loved ones around us, another reason to appreciate all they bring to our lives

Happy Birthdays!

4. The incredible success of our Spring and Summer collection, it has had such a great response!

Our Rattan Havana Sidekick!

5. Another day: another chance to live, love and laugh.


MAY you find many reasons to celebrate too!