What happens when a female engineer for a leading defense and aerospace systems supplier gets tired of changing purses every time she wants to look “put together”?
“I love purses,” Sharon says, “but changing the contents from purse to purse was such a hassle… I wanted a quick-change solution that was simple and unlimited.”
So she gathered some materials and began tinkering with a design. “I designed it with certain criteria for convenience, good looks, and not limited to one size, shape, or material.”
After coming up with a design in 2001 that accomplished each of her goals for the purse, she took it for a test run and found success. “Not only did I find it pretty and practical, but others did as well.” Two people, in fact, stopped her that day to ask her about it.
Obtaining the patent and developing an entire line of purses—each named after a woman in her circle of family and friends—soon followed. And, because of her desire to build confidence in young girls, she also launched Puzzle Purses, the colorful line of purses for kids.
Sharon, also an artistic member of the Arkansas Craft Guild, now operates her company (Sharon Barber, LLC) full time in Benton, Arkansas.