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While growing up in Sonoma County, Adelle Stoll was a Jill-of-all-trades, working a variety of jobs—from retail to restaurant management to house-flipping. But her passions always brought her back to celebrating and promoting the local crafters of her native Bay Area.

In 2011, Stoll opened a store in Healdsburg to sell quality goods made by small vendors and artists. A year later, she added The Silo—her own line of leather and felt handbags—to her inventory.

Handmade Handbags

by Kevin Walters

The Silo’s new Un-Sewn Collection features handbags made from American-tanned, full-grain leather and 100 percent wool felt originating from Germany, with handcrafted brass enclosures.

"I adore the textural contrast between the materials [we use] as well as the amazing color combinations that can be achieved," says Stoll, who carefully selects each piece of material to create her handbags.

Originally, Stoll was the only crafter, but she has since enlisted her 16-year-old son and a few of his friends to learn the leather craft.

"I love the idea of mentoring young entrepreneurs and makers. The Silo is the opposite of fast-fashion and all about the process and people behind the products," says Stoll.

Though Stoll’s Healdsburg store has closed, the Un-Sewn Collection can be found online and at OSKA stores in Healdsburg, Mill Valley, and San Francisco. Bags start at $112, siloamericanmade.com.