Freshly Given

American Made Since 2012

Whitney Robinson

Durham, North Carolina
Freshly Given is a line of leather accessories for women. Through sustainable leather sourcing, the label creates simple beauty minus the fuss.
North Carolina

Tell us about your business.

Freshly Given started out of necessity and curiosity. I’d graduated from Duke with a degree in Computer Science, pretending the next job I landed would be "IT." Well, I am grateful for brick walls, and the one(s) I ran into. Figuratively of course. Ready eager and confused, my husband encouraged me to get a hold of myself and choose a different direction. Yes, that is allowed. Fast forward, I started with a blog to house my interests in Design, Good Times (not the show, though I do like it too), and Fashion. After the blog I started playing with leather and nose dived into life as a designer. You may ask if this is my full-time… Hallelujah YES!

What makes your business stand out?

I'm a tech girl turned designer who sources remnant leather from a local law enforcement accessories manufacturer. Everything about Freshly Given is unconventional!

What's the best business advice you've received?

Fail fast - keep moving.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

    Vote for your favorite American makers.

  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

    Join us for our annual event in New York City.