Leather Handbag Boutique Coming to Black Boxes on East End


Alice Yardley, Opening in April, at 93 Washington Avenue, on the East End of Portland

Leather Handbags Come in a Variety of Styles and Colors. (Photo by Alice Young, d/b/a Alice Yardley.)

“Teaching art is not the same as creating yourself,” said Alice Young, 32,  describing her transition from an art teacher to creator of high quality leather handbags and their accessories.  Her leather products are made from repurposed leather.

Formerly, Alice was an art teacher in New York City and Atlanta, Georgia for about ten years.  But she decided it was time to return home to Portland and explore entrepreneurial opportunities with this venture at 93 Washington Street.

Not only will this venue be a sales room for these eye-catching leather products, but patrons can also order special leather handbags and accessories on site from a slew of appealing colors and different leather fabrics. “Yardley,” for whom her business is named, is the maiden name of her mother, a former math teacher.

Since her return to Portland several years ago,  Alice has been selling her repurposed leather goods on social media.  She has also been involved in the Makers’ Market at South Building at Thompson’s Point.

“I’m looking forward to working from one place right here at 93 Washington Avenue.  Packing up for a show and unpacking gets to be old after a while,” said Alice.  Her high quality leather goods will be a welcome addition to the well-regarded black box complex on the east end of Portland.

Alice has a BA degree in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Richmond.  Please visit her website at: aliceyardleymaine.com for much more about her background and product line.

Alice plans on opening her boutique sometime in April.  She expects to be open from Wednesday – Sunday in alignment with the other boutiques at in the black box complex.  Hours to be determined.

Alice Yardley replaces Multiply/Campfire, a business that moved from this unit to expand to another part of Portland.  For more information, please visit post herein dated February 27, 2021.