Founder of Carter Wade Iris Medina-Elston holding her son Carter Wade Elston

The Heart of Carter Wade: Our Story

The Heart of Carter Wade: Our Story of Compassion and Craftsmanship

Welcome to Carter Wade

In the bustling world of fashion, one brand emerges with a commitment that goes beyond the surface: Carter Wade.

Our mission is as clear as it is passionate: to deliver handcrafted (always handmade by our skilled artisans), stylish, cruelty-free, and 100 vegan (down to the adhesive!) handbags that don't compromise on quality, style, the well-being of animals, or the health of our planet. This isn't just fashion; it's a movement towards compassionate craftsmanship.

The Journey to Veganism: A Path of Discovery

My path to veganism was far from direct. It was a journey marked by learning, adapting, and realizing that my actions could contribute to a kinder, more sustainable world. This evolution in my lifestyle became the cornerstone of Carter Wade, driving us to create fashion that aligns with our deepest values.

Crafting a Cruelty-Free World

At Carter Wade, we believe in the power of choice—especially the choice to live cruelty-free. From the selection of water-based glues to the meticulous sourcing of vegan materials, every aspect of our handbags is designed to respect all living beings. This commitment is our brand's heartbeat, pulsing through every product we create.

Embracing Environmental Stewardship

The fashion industry's impact on the planet is undeniable. As the second largest polluter, it's our responsibility to counteract this trend. Carter Wade handbags are not only cruelty-free but are crafted with the environment in mind, utilizing sustainable materials like cactus and grape leather that leave a lighter footprint.

High Fashion Without the High Cost

The quest for cruelty-free, high-fashion handbags often felt like an impossible dream. Frustrated by the limitations of the market, Carter Wade was born to bridge the gap between luxury and ethics. Our handbags prove that you don't have to sacrifice style for sustainability or ethics for elegance.

The original Carter Wade collection of handbags handmade with cactus and grape leather

Handcrafted in the Heart of New York City

Choosing New York City as our crafting ground was no coincidence. Known as a melting pot of creativity and a beacon for dreamers, NYC's vibrant energy and unmatched talent pool make it the perfect place for Carter Wade handbags to come to life. Here, artisans pour their skill and passion into every stitch, embodying the true spirit of slow fashion.

Our Pledge to You: Fashion Without Compromise

Carter Wade stands as a promise to our customers: to offer a line of handbags that are as kind to the planet as they are to animals, all while embodying the height of fashion and quality. Join us in embracing a future where fashion and values walk hand in hand.

Carter Wade is more than a brand—it's a testament to what's possible when compassion, craftsmanship, and style converge. Our journey is just beginning, and we invite you to be a part of it. Together, we can redefine the essence of luxury fashion, creating a world where beauty does not come at the expense of others.

Explore the Carter Wade collection today and discover the beauty of fashion that aligns with your values.

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