Twine & Luxe’s Handcrafted Clutches and Bags

We’re deuces-wild for these crafty-chic creations.


We’ve learned a lot from the Olsen twins, not even counting the wisdom we gleaned from Full House and their twin-power teen flicks (Passport to Paris fans, holla!). We’re talking about those grown-up lessons in top-tier style: Coffee counts as an accessory. Halloween costumes can be so much more than tacky black latex-and-velour combos. Hobo chic is totally a thing and totally awesome. And, sometimes, it takes two.


Valerie Peters gets it. She named her local bag company, Twine and Luxe, after a rustic-meets-upscale aesthetic that communicates her style perfectly. And, talk about bag lady: Peters started her brand after the 2015 Made in Hawai‘i Festival, where she bought almost 10 bags from other vendors! Inspired, she started whipping up clutches and totes to match her every outfit, then stepped into the craft-fair scene. From there, she ramped up production and finally started slipping her pieces into Ben Franklin Crafts and, recently, Akua Bless Boutique in Hilo, while still maintaining a healthy online business. To make the ends of her bags meet, Peters turns mom duties over to her hubs for a couple of hours each weeknight to sew custom orders and new creations. As if she didn’t have enough to keep her busy: By day, she’s a wrangler of three little boys, a part-timer at The Salvation Army Silvercrest and a freelance makeup artist at MAC Cosmetics.


Still, Peters’ business has been steadily growing, hitting more than 600 followers on Instagram, with a steady stream of orders coming in. Maybe it’s because Peters’ handmade designs aren’t your typical craft-fair fare, with versatile styles, luxe details and patterns that range from fun to fierce. Think next-level classics, including Peters’ upgraded version of the ultra-popular envelope clutch, made into a cross-body hybrid, with detachable straps and magnetic closures. We’re loving her cheerful zip-up prints, such as serene watercolor fish scales, and an on-trend monstera option, lined with faux suede and faux leather. Plus, her fold-overs have some serious upscale style: The edgy faux crocodile leather number, with a restrained latte shade and a robin’s egg blue zipper, is one standout that you’ll want, too.


Go ahead, snap one up—on the double.