The Story Behind the Bags...
It all began in 2003 when Kristina set out to make a gift for a friend. She combined her passion for interior design with her love of textiles and constructed a handbag of vintage home interior fabric. The result was a very happy friend and an extremely popular handbag business.
Today, MidiQueen is a household name in Ventura, Calif. And though these handbags are commonly found in most Ventura homes, there is nothing common about them. Hand selected home interior fabrics like plush chenilles and woven tweeds mingle effortlessly with retro and modern design to create Midi Queen’s vintage, signature style.
Every MidiQueen handbag is designed by Kristina. She takes each style, named after friends and family, from conceptual drawing to pattern and prototype before fabrication and assembly by local craftsmen and seamstresses. Upon purchase, customers are given a variety of options like hand stamped handles and studded leather straps to personalize their handbags.
Further contributing to MidiQueen’s popularity and growth is its 100% USA production, its use of limited quantities of unique fabrics, its exposure in So Cal publications and its increased sales beyond the West Coast.
With the addition of her storefront boutique in downtown Ventura, shoppers now have the option to browse and buy current MidiQueen creations while chatting with Kristina. Though she rejects rumors of her rock star status, it’s difficult to deny when her customers light up at meeting her. Like her unique handbags, there’s a familiar, yet original quality about Kristina. If you're ever in the area, stop in and say hi. You’ll be glad you did.