arden + james / the brant family

If you live near Philadelphia, you're probably already familiar with Bri Brant's lovely work. Bri is the designer & owner of Arden + James, maker of handmade bags and accessories that perfectly blend form, function and ethics. Bri recently won a Best of Philly award, and she's rightly had her beautiful bags featured several times over the past year by the likes of Urban Outfitters & local news outlets. While her designs have seen some well-deserved limelight of late, here I wanted to dig a little more into the personal stories behind her business, because her family really is so deeply woven into the fabric of Arden + James. Bri is at once a loving mother & wife, an immensely talented designer and a generally warm, thoughtful and kind human being. For all of us who struggle for balance between our personal and work lives, Bri is living proof that it is indeed possible.