Houston, my hometown is very supportive and featured my Treasure MaDonna (prior to the name change SIWEL) handbags in several magazines and newspapers including Modern Luxury, 002 Houston, Jones Magazine, Houston Chronicle and Rolling Out. Being able to carry my collections in cute boutiques around Houston in the Museum District, Houston Galleria and trendy Rice Village was surreal at times. I'm still grateful today.
This tear sheet from Modern Luxury Houston magazine features my first collection of leather handbags including carry-alls and clutches with silver hardware. At this time I was using my real name, Treasure MaDonna for my handbag line and decided to rename the brand years later to SIWEL. I really like working with leather during this time because it was the easiest material for me to to bring my vision to life. I still use leather today, but for my current collection of tote bags (shoppers) I'm really in love with bohemian, ethnic, colorful patterns and textured fabrics.
~ Treasure MaDonna