About Us

I create fashion-forward, luxurious leather handbags and accessories handcrafted to perfection. When I look at a hide, I get excited because I can visualize the finished product before a single cut is made.

I have always had a passion for fashion, as they say. As a young child, I wanted to grow up and be a famous fashion designer. Later, I developed a handbag obsession, finding delight and joy in buying and collecting beautiful, well-made bags. At some point, many years ago, I tried to make my own bag. It didn’t go well. I became frustrated with the process and gave up. At the time, I never thought I would be where I am today. 

In 2011, when I was looking for a creative outlet to occupy my time away from the office, a friend suggested I give bag-making another try. This time around, it went well. I found a creative outlet in this process to express who I am as an artist better than I ever could in words. After experimenting with my new hobby for a few months, I received an order for a custom diaper bag. That bag became the catalyst for a bustling little business. I designed and created over 350 diaper bags which landed in 47 states and seven countries. 

In 2016, seeking a new challenge, I turned my attention from fabric to leather, and the new Sha’Lari Couture was born. As a self-taught leather craftswoman, I have no formal training and an unconventional approach to designing and creation. With a bold commitment to learning, YouTube videos, and a few books, I’ve developed a line of truly one-of-a-kind pieces that I know you will love.

A portrait of Ms. Richardson sitting in a chair.