CRUSHING ON ESPUELA

– Meghan Tietze

megz-2If you haven’t heard of Espuela Design Co, do yourself a favor, run – don’t walk – and look them up on Instagram.  I have been drooling over these bags in hopes of one day purchasing one for a while now, before I even became a Salt Lick Sister.  The quality and care that goes into every single bag is obvious as you run your fingers through the luxurious leather fringe.  Individuality oozes from this company, as each bag is one of a kind.  A different strap and concho decorates every purse, so no two is alike.  When Espuela Design Co decided to have a New Year’s sale, I knew I needed to inquire about finally owning one for myself!

Little disclaimer: when it comes to keeping my personal and work social media accounts separate, I’m way below the proficiency line.  I am always thinking I’m logged into one account when it’s the other.  To no surprise, I accidentally used the Salt Lick Sisters’ account to message Espuela about a bag.  They responded with their information on the sale and were beyond friendly, telling me to take my time picking out exactly which bag I wanted (I inquired about two hours before the sale ended…oops).  Shortly after that initial message, I received another message complimenting the Salt Lick Sisters’ page and photographs.  We got to chatting and a beautiful business relationship was born!

megz-purseI ended up ordering my bag and it arrived in the mail a short six days later (the bags are made as ordered).  When I opened the package, I instantly fell in love with the colors and textures!  The saddle blanket material that the bag itself is filled with rich reds and browns.  I chose the “Lonesome Dove” bag, but could’ve easily added any of their designs to my collection.  To my surprise, the concho that was on my bag was a buffalo, a tribute to the Salt Lick Sisters’ logo.  If that doesn’t show you the care and customer service this company provides, wait – there’s more!

After my stunning Lonesome Dove arrived, I wanted to reach back out to Espuela Design Co. and let them know about my new love affair with their bag.  During conversation, we discovered that we were all going to be in Denver at the same time for WESA and the Stock Show.  They ended up putting my name on their buyers list so I could get into the Denver Market and helping me out the whole way.  I otherwise wouldn’t have the networking weekend I did without them.

purse-picEspuela Design Company is not only an incredibly talented and creative team, but also one that goes above and beyond to help others out in the Western Industry.  They didn’t have to extend their sale to allow me to be confident in my decision on choosing my bag.  They didn’t have to add a concho that meant something to me on a personal level to my purse.  They didn’t have to go out of their way to ensure I had a badge for market.  These things speak to myself as a consumer, and I hope to everyone else too.  So please go check out @espueladesignco on Instagram, if not for any other reason than to admire their craftsmanship!