Millie | Lottie is named in honor of my family influences my mom Mildred and Aunt Lottie Gray. My mom mastered the world of entertaining and sharing her well-loved culinary dishes around our small town in Virginia. She was practical, had style and lived her life to the fullest, surrounded by community. I grew up being branded by scorching dishes balanced on my lap. Lottie was a true Southerner by design and by desire. The individual products are named after my children and close family friends.
Sustainable Design, Production and Product
My products reflect how I live my life, conscious of how the footprint we leave. I shop for groceries by minimizing packing, carefully recycling, composting, reducing use of plastic bags, straws or containers. We support local farmers markets, makers and shops.
Waste informs my design, production and the very nature of my reusable products. Materials are sourced in California, when possible. Contractor team members are located within 2 miles of my studio. Our patterns are marked to have minimal waste. I use most of my leather hide, leaving only a hand-full of scraps. The hides come from cows that were used for their meat. Left-over leather inspired new designs. I use shorter straps on my Branch Tote so reduce waste and the stylish side-pulls on the Etta Tote. What I do not use I donate to local artists. I am never satisfied. I am always looking for new ways to improve.
All the waste from a hide Minimal waste from 50 yds
We donate to Leah's Pantry with each tote sold. This non-profit provides nutrition education to under-served neighborhoods. My favorite program they provide slow cookers and a cookbook they developed so people living in S.R.O's (single room occupancy) can cook healthy food for themselves. Also they won a grant to study the relationship on good nutrition and reduced PTSD.
Thank you for being a part of the Millie | Lottie family.