Doe Handcrafted is named after my Grandma Doe, who taught me how to be faithful. Every item is designed and created by me, Hannah VanLom, in Portland, Oregon. I make items that are simple, practical, and worthwhile.
I moved to the Pacific Northwest at the age of 24. I always knew I would leave the South. When I visited I fell in love with the air, so I came. Then came beautiful friendships, bike trips, teaching yoga, nannying, falling in love and motherhood. From all of these things I gained a commitment and patience with sewing that I had never had before. I am moved when I work with my hands; it makes me feel most alive.
I have always been making something. When I was a little girl my father would help me put tags on all of the jewelry that I made and we decided it should read, ‘Handmade by Hannah’. I remember feeling so proud seeing them hang in the store where he sold his wooden lamps. He was such a hard worker. He was a woodworker. I will always remember his process. I wanted to be like my father in so many ways. There was a bit of time when I thought I would grow up to build houses just like him. Sewing is building and working with leather is very similar to wood. These memories shape my desire to craft and create.
My inspiration comes from daily tasks, traveling the world, riding my bicycle, practical simple lifestyles, the people I love, and quiet.