“I think that playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.” – Kate Spade
It is a universal truth that women love a good handbag. Toddlers are really no exception, especially the future fashionistas who want to accessorize their favorite Disney princess gowns. “I try hard to come up with original ideas inspired by my love for Disney and I enjoy making custom items that my customers dream up. I try to make things that will be quirky, fun and look great in a photo with any outfit,” said Angela DiCrecchio of Dottie Ann Designs. “I think people are drawn to my shop because they also love Disney and enjoy fun themed style bags.”
DiCrecchio taught herself how to sew and started handcrafting purses, backpacks and similar bags for Dottie Ann Designs in 2015 as a fun hobby. “My daughter was younger and I wanted something to do other than just be a mom because my prior career as a teacher kept me very busy,” she recalled. “I was searching for a creative outlet and this was a fun way to use my brain in a different and creative way.” The shop is named after DiCrecchio’s two grandmothers: “the late Dorothy (Dottie) and Ann is my paternal grandmother’s middle name.”
The Dottie Ann Designs “It Bag” is DiCrecchio’s Mickey Mouse ice cream bar bag. “I have made well over 100 of them,” she exclaimed. “Each time I create a new themed purse, it is my favorite so it is hard to say which one I have liked the most! I would say the one I am most proud of is the Mr. Mic design from Toy Story, with the Slinky Dog purse coming in close second.” DiCrecchio often only makes one or two of a certain design or style, so the bags are unique, well-made and perfect for carrying more than just the “bare necessities.” (I have Disney puns for days, ladies and gentlemen).
DiCrecchio’s love of Disney translates in her imaginative works of art. “I just enjoy being creative, trying out new ideas with my sewing machine and experimenting with different materials. Making Disney-themed bags helps me express my love for Disney,” she professed. “It makes me feel so much joy when my customers love my designs and are proud to wear them on their vacations.” She has developed a strong following with mamas looking for affordable and adorable toddler-sized accessories. “I grew the shop from zero. I may not have tens of thousands of followers, but I have a loyal fan base that is supportive and keeps coming back,” she said. “I am so grateful that they trust and appreciate my work enough to make repeat purchases and are excited about my designs.”
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