WOT proudly supports women-owned businesses!
As a collective of strong women, we believe in the power of encouraging and supporting other talented women in their work and ambitions! We love to hear about companies that are game-changers in the industry and today we are excited to share with you all R. Riveter Handbags.
This women-owned business was started by two military wives, Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse with a mission to provide women with mobile and flexible income opportunities. Their handmade bags are each uniquely made with a real stamp of approval!
First thing you should know: We have a GIVEAWAY for you! R. Riveter is giving one lucky WOT community member their best seller Otto handbag, this bag has a retail value of $240.00! We could help but notice the great reviews on this style and plenty of compartments! Head over to the WOT Instagram page and enter to win on our recent ‘featured business’ post.
What you should know about R. Riveter: They are modern-day riveters revolutionizing manufacturing. Their mission is to provide women with mobile, flexible income opportunities that work for the company.
Challenged with finding employment after a military move and knowing there were other military spouses in their community with the same challenges, they started R. Riveter (named after Rosie the Riveter from WWII). It can take up to twelve women to make one bag and each bag has a unique stamp…how cool is that! Plenty of military spouses want to work, but obtaining employment is especially tough.
Military families move on average, every 2.9 years – and oftentimes, they relocate to remote military bases where there are fewer professional opportunities for spouses. In duty locations next to smaller cities, it’s oftentimes difficult to create a professional network, interview, search and obtain jobs – all while supporting your service member and helping your family adjust to the new location. This is an aspect of being a military spouse that is not widely discussed, yet is a major struggle for most families.
R. Riveter is a game-changer in today’s manufacturing. It is manufacturing with a purpose. If you are not familiar with them yet or would like to learn more, check out their website HERE. In 2016, after a successful appearance on Shark Tank, Bradley and Cruse made their pitch and wound up with three offers. They decided to accept an offer from billionaire investor Mark Cuban, who already had a track record of working with and supporting military-affiliated companies.
What began as an entrepreneurial dream and an outlet for improving their employment situation quickly grew into much more than just selling a few handbags. Although the company has grown from its humble beginnings in an attic, the mission has remained the same.