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Handbag artist from San Francisco has all her products stolen

Handbag artist from San Francisco has all her products stolen

(KRON) — A San Francisco woman who makes and sells handbags faced her biggest challenge yet over the weekend: Almost all of her inventory was stolen from the lobby of her apartment building.

It’s been over a year since Calley LaFon took the leap into the unknown and started her company Trudy. Since then, LaFon has been designing and sewing all of her vintage-inspired handbags after street names in San Francisco. “This fabric is called Dolores,” she said.


LaFon sells the bags online and at local craft fairs and markets. She had a big day of sales on Saturday after selling at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. But when she returned to her apartment near Alamo Square, exhausted from the day’s work, the artist left four storage boxes in her apartment doorway overnight.

The next day, she came into her lobby to find that all of her luggage had been stolen. “It should have been safe, but when I came down in the morning, someone had broken into the door and taken everything,” LaFon said.

About $7,000 worth of bags and $1,000 worth of supplies were stolen – along with a number of black and yellow barrels. “20 large handbags and about 15 small ziplock bags,” she said.

LaFon filed a report with the San Francisco Police Department and said it was not the first time she had been a victim of thieves. “I’ve been affected by this before. My car has been broken into, but this really hits me hard. This is the worst,” she said.

After reporting the matter to police, LaFon posted about the Sotlen handbags on social media and the post received a tremendous response. “It was definitely overwhelming, just feeling the community care and give me space,” she said.

Each of LaFon’s bags features colorful stitching and padding that LaFon hopes the public will notice when they spot them in places where stolen goods are often sold. “When people are out at these big flea markets on the weekend, they might recognize my work. It’s totally recognizable. My stuff is colorful and bright. You can’t miss it,” she said.

Lafon asks anyone who finds her stolen bags or has information about what happened to them to contact her directly. A link to her brand Trudy can be found here.