At Work With Harveys

At Work with HarveysToday we are so excited to welcome Harveys to the blog! We absolutely love their products and their inspiring business model. Ready to read more about this awesome company?

Crossbody“We are Harveys, a group of happy people who love discovering, designing and making handbags & lifestyle goods in sunny Southern California. It all started in a tiny garage with husband and wife, Dana & Melanie Harvey. While restoring their classic car, Dana came up with the idea to make Melanie a matching handbag with the leftover seat belts. Everyone loved hers so much, they decided to make more – and the rest is history!

Sample areaDana HarveyWe are located in Santa Ana, CA, where everything is designed, manufactured and sold in our concept store and gallery, The Factory. We are a bunch of goofy people who mostly have fun, play with our dogs, and manage to get some work done as well. The kind of work we do and where we do it is a big part of the brand. We get to experience the full life cycle of a product and that has a big effect on how we design. When you are actually making the stuff that’s in your head as well as selling it to the public a few feet away, it inspires you to make quality stuff that can last a lifetime. It’s like a closed ecosystem for products with everything under one roof. We can design something and have a finished good in one day.

DesigningCutting tableInspiration wallSample makingProduction floorLoft lounge“In our employees, we look for artists, designers and crafters that share a similar aesthetic and ethos as us. We also try to curate products that inspire us either in mission or creativity. It’s an amazing opportunity to work with upcoming brands that we are vibing on.

Harveys fall bagsCactus lightStorefrontLapel pinsDopp kit“For the design of our retail space, we wanted to make a really minimalist and modern space that you could also feel really comfortable in. We took our old offices, stripped everything out of them and took the space down to the bare bones of metal, glass, concrete and wood. The design was an experiment in how you could create by taking away. The airy space lends itself really well to relaxing; you’ll often find us away from our desks in the rope chair or on the couch working on our laptops.

AirstreamSaguaro lawn chair“We also have an amazing outdoor area where we do film screenings, intimate concerts, work or take lunch, and it is often used for photo shoots. The vintage airstream trailer we use for events has a home in the front of the store with a portable deck and chairs. The airstream is a great conversation starter and doubles as a workspace!

Geodesic dome“Around the side of the building, we created a California Native garden that is home to pretty plants and butterflies. Our garden design has reduced our water consumption by 70% from the boring grass we had before, which is an awesome bonus. In the garden is our upcycled playground ball that’s made from two neglected, trashed half domes fused together to form a playground ball that the kids just can’t resist (who are we kidding, we climb on it too).”

So fun! You can shop Harveys here and follow them on Instagram here. xo.

Credits// Author: Dana Harvey Jr. Photography: Jessica Rice McNew.

  • These are so rad. Especially the ombre bags! I also went through their Instagram and love some of the fun prints they do like the Nightmare Before Christmas Weekender, Sid Knotical Medium Tote and Pop Art Mickey print. One day I’ll get my hands on one of these bags.

  • Umm yeah, these people & their space/art are probably the coolest I’ve seen in a while, except the ABM team of course 😉 So rad thanks for sharing this!!!

  • How cool! I bought a seatbelt bag back in college and still have it. I love it! I’d forgotten about them, but now I’m going to check them out again…

  • We do recycle car belts, commercial truck belts, airplane belts, etc. We call it our “Salvage” line. 🙂

  • I got confused because there’s a fast food chain in Canada called Harvey’s and I couldn’t comprehand why ABM would partner with them….This makes more sense.

  • I have three of their bags. I adore them. So durable and fun. People ask me about them all the time.

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

  • I love the space, and am obsessed with native gardens! If we ever owned, I would tear up all the lawn for gardens…and groundcover plants for space for kids to play. An old acquaintance started a business making airplane seat belts into fashion belts, and this reminded me of her 🙂 Do they recycle old car belts? I think that would be amazing, but see how it could also be difficult…

  • I love Harveys, they are friends of friends.
    They actually very generously sponsored a creative women dinner I organized in the coworking space I used to run in Orange County, such great memories (picture here: https://instagram.com/p/2GrfNJkLaw/).
    I love that they reuse material, it totally matches my zero-waste lifestyle goal.

  • I’ve been collecting Harvey bags for awhile! I think I’m up to 15 different colors/styles and am currently carrying one this very moment. They are truely made to last, beautiful, and addictive. Thank you for highlighting this wonderful business, I have to go and find me a new one!!

  • “The design was an experiment in how you could create by taking away.” Love this quote. Been working on paring down in my own home to create a simple but beautiful life. It’s amazing how often less really is more.

  • What a wonderfully interesting place, I’d love to work there!

    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  • Great office space. Can’t wait until I can move my own office out of the bedroom!

  • Wow what a cool American company! I’ve never heard of them but I’m digging the office space and their general vibe. I especially like that cactus light 🙂

    Laura

    www.lauraaimevous.com

  • This sounds like a dream to be working at a location such as Harvey’s.

    www.throughmyowneyes.com

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