Mary North Phillips, creator of Posh Pockets, works out of her Seacoast New Hampshire studio designing and creating elegant collections of handbags, in a variety of styles, to suit all tastes. 100% artist inspired, Posh Pockets draw on current fashion trends, as well as timeless styles.

Inside the Posh Pockets studio
Each one of these limited-edition, handcrafted bags is made with high quality, hand selected leather or fabric, with a coordinating designer fabric lining. The leather and fabric are purchased from environmentally conscious local sources within New England. The cowhide, originating in Argentina or Italy, is purchased from a New England-based company. (Recommended treatment for leather Posh Pockets: Use a leather conditioner, such as Apple Brand-Leather Care).

While all styles are available in leather, some also come in a Faux Straw material, perfect for SPRING AND SUMMER use. These include: Cove and North Shore.

The Faux Straw is a woven faux raffia fabric made from 100% polypropylene, which is very flexible and packable. (Recommended Cleaning: Use mild detergent and wipe with sponge. Do not submerge in water. Do not dry clean.)

Every bag, except the Vineyard and Port totes, is fully lined, with interior pockets, magnetic or turn-lock closures, and sturdy leather handles which stand up to the wear of an active lifestyle. Leather bags also include a convenient dust bag for storage.

More than an everyday accessory, Mary’s unique handbags are functional works of art. With a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin, Mary approaches the design of her bags as if she were creating a three-dimensional piece of art. Inspired by volume and form, Posh Pockets handbags have clean lines that reflect modern architectural shapes, while maintaining an overall classic appeal.

Mary has made a career in Art for over thirty years. She was a professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Wyoming and at Baker University. Professionally, she has received recognition for her sculptural work with the following honors and awards:

New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Fellowship
Artpark (Lewiston, NY), Artist-in-Residence
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Visiting Artist
University of Wyoming, Faculty Research Grant
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Artist Fellowship
Ford Foundation, Grant Recipient
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Faculty Research Grant