Vintage Rare Collins of Texas leather handbag
13.75 L x 4.75” H x 4.25 W
Enid Roessler Collins (1918–1990) grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She attended Texas Woman’s University and studied fashion design and fine arts. She met and married Frederic Collins, an engineering draftsman and sculptor who had attended the University of Michigan. The two moved to a ranch in Medina, Texas, to be ranchers. In 1946, in order to supplement their income, they made leather handbags and started the Collins of Texas Handbag Company. The bags were designed by Enid, made out of saddle leather and trimmed with brass castings cast by Frederic. The bags had an equestrian feel and reflected the Collins’ love of horses. A running colt was adopted into their logo.