Susana DeVoe graduated with a degree in architecture and has taught, practiced, and loved this field of work for over a decade. But Devoe's innate desire to work on a project from conception to birth was not entirely fulfilled with architecture alone. DeVoe's discovery of this lacking, eventually led her to found MAKE.GOOD s t u d i o, a design enterprise that produces a popular array of bags, housewares, and interior design services.
In 2006, DeVoe began to design outside of architecture by making clutches as gifts for her friends and family. This move into fashion accessories wasn't at all random – besides having the strong curiosity for design and the skills from her profession, DeVoe is also the daughter of a professional seamstress, so sewing and fashion have been deeply engrained facets of her life since childhood. Even still, her entrance into bags was, more or less, a hobby.
So it was unexpected when, soon after the first batch of clutches were made, DeVoe began receiving a surprising amount of positive feedback from strangers who had seen and wanted a DeVoe design of their own. It was this positive reception that pushed DeVoe into forming this hobby into an earnest production with MAKE.GOOD s t u d i o. Since its inception in 2010, MAKE.GOOD has expanded its design production to include pillows, plates, a larger array of bags, and interior design services.
Even as the MAKE.GOOD line of products expands and becomes more popular, DeVoe prides herself on a number of factors that help MAKE.GOOD stand out among the rest. First is the complete attention DeVoe gives to all of her design, from the initial concept to its eventual creation. Second, MAKE.GOOD strives for sustainability by making most of its line from reclaimed materials, like the line of burlap pillows and bags made from discarded coffee carriers, or by reinventing the use old hardware found from thrift shop bags and belts. Lastly, each MAKE.GOOD product remains one-of-a-kind, without sacrificing affordability or quality.
Images: Nick Siemaska