Reviews

Enjoy reading what our customers love about their bags!!

If you already have a Janell Bag we would LOVE to have you leave a review for good folk who are falling in love with Janell Bags and contemplating their first purchase!

182 Comments

  1. ke

    My first experience with Janell was an ad in Yankee Magazine so I went to the site to look at the purses. I ordered an Ellie, but had to make a phone call to let the company know that I had entered an order for 3 of the same exact purse, instead of 1, expecting to leave a message. I was surprised that it was actually answered on the third ring!

    I normally don’t purchase a purse unless I think it will last at least 5 years. I just received my Ellie today (my very first order from Janell) and when I removed it from the priority mailing carton, my first thought was “is this really leather?” It’s so soft it feels like cloth. It was love at first sight. I definitely recommend Janell as I believe these purses will last a lifetime.

    Thanks so much for the great service (and quality)!!!

    Janice from Michigan

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    • janell

      So glad I could help you!! I enjoyed speaking with you and we love that you chose us!! Enjoy your Ellie!!

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  2. Angel Quick

    I have had the Jenna and Chelsea purse for quite sometime and just received the NEW LIZZIE and I have to say this is an amazing purse.
    The size is wonder and it is nice and sleek. The new color is beautiful.
    Thank you for being a terrific local business that gives back to their communities.

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    • janell

      Thank you Angel!! So glad that you love our designs! Enjoy that Lizzie!! Janell

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  3. Karen O'Leary

    Again, LOVING my new Janell Bag. I just bought the Emma Crossbody and it is the perfect size, weight and style. I have wanted this one for a long time and it didn’t disappoint. I bought it in black and it is stunning (Janell kindly crafted a custom liner for me…); I can’t say enough about these bags. They are beautiful! Keep ’em coming Janell. Thank you, thank you.

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    • janell

      Thank you so much for leaving a review here!! Thank you for allowing us to be “your” bag company!! Enjoy that Emma! Janell

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  4. Cindy Polo

    I received my bag as a gift. What a great surprise. Everything about the bag is beautiful and well made. The quality of the leather, the hardware and the lining is superior to the expensive designer handbags that I have owned. LOVE IT!!

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    • janell

      Thank you so much Cindy, for leaving your thoughts here!! Enjoy your bag!! Janell

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  5. Bettyjane Phelps

    I just received my bag form Janell and it is very well made . The workmanship is very well done. I will enjoy it for along time . And it was done in a very short time. I order on a Monday and received it on Friday of the same week . It Wes great

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    • janell

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us!! We are so glad that you love your new Janell Bag!! Enjoy! Janell

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  6. Colleen

    I received my first Janell bag in the mail yesterday. It is just beautiful; the craftsmanship is extraordinary, the leather is soft and the color(Honey) is rich and warm. I also want to note how quickly it arrived once I ordered it. I will certainly buy again when I want a new leather bag.

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    • janell

      Thank you for leaving us a review!! Enjoy your new Janell Bag and thank you for supporting a small family business!! Janell

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    • Karen Koytek

      I just received my Cappuccino Lizzie and I cannot put into words how wonderful this bag is!! So comfortable to carry and I love the extra room inside – enough to sneak my snacks and drinks into the movie theater unnoticed 😃! The construction is phenomenal, as always! I love this bag so much that I just ordered it in black also! Oh, and did I mention that the black Lizzie will be my 10th bag purchased from Janell?? This is my new name brand!! Constructed much better than any other name brand that I’ve ever owned!! I’ll never buy anywhere else!!! Thanks for your company!! I’m addicted and I see no end in sight! I may have to build on another closet for storage!!

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  7. Beth

    The Jenna bag replaced a well known designer bag whose straps wore out well before they should have. The Jenna bag is thoughtfully designed and sturdily constructed, with lots of pockets to keep the hand sanitizer bottle upright, keys handy, and everything organized. My favorite pocket is the exterior one that fits my encased phone amply and securely, and keeps it easily accessible.

    Unzipped, this bag is big enough to hold a sweater or sweatshirt along with my other usual stuff.

    The leather is soft but thick enough that I think it will long outlast my designer bag, and the color (I got blue) is as beautiful in person as on the website. The rings that attach the straps to the bag seem to help keep the two straps from slipping off my shoulder. I was a little worried about whether the rings would be noisy, but that hasn’t been the case.

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    • janell

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! I appreciate the detailed info on the things that you like about it!! Enjoy your Jenna bag! Janell

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  8. Marcia Bailey

    I got on this website to post a review, noticed the Ellie bag was on sale, and purchased one in Persian Red. I know I will love it as much as I do the Purple Royalty Jenna and the Oceanside Teal Emma Crossbody I bought earlier this year. I like and need well-made purses, and these really measure up. And the colors are so rich and beautiful. I’m already trying to decide which bag will be the next in my collection!

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    • janell

      Thank you for taking time to leave us a review! We are so glad that you love your Janell Bags and are back for another!! Enjoy! Janell

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  9. Elin

    I recently purchased the Ashley bag in Purple Royalty. I haven’t used it yet due to our new (stay-at-home) normal but I do admire the color and workmanship at least once I day when I glance at it sitting on the table. My beloved but battered black leather Coach from the 80’s had to be retired more than 15 years ago and I’ve been searching for something I’d love as much ever since. I think I finally succeeded!

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    • janell

      Thank you for leaving a review! Enjoy your new Ashley when you get to go out again!!😀 Janell

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  10. Karen Koytek

    Just received my Oceanside Teal Jenna yesterday!!! Just LOVE the color! Instead of my husband scolding me for buying yet another Janell bag, he told me what a nice color it was and he really liked the look of it! That’s rare coming from a man!! Whew! I’m off the hook for my latest purchase that will join my ever growing Janell bag obsession!! Thank you again, Janell!

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  11. Karen Koytek

    Just got my Chelsea today! I have been wanting this bag for a long time and I am over the moon over it!! It is so well made and smells divine!! Did I mention it is my 5th Janell bag?? I now own, Chelsea, Jenna, and two Ava’s. My daughter owns Kate, not to mention that we have 4 bracelets. It’s official – I have a Janell bag sickness!! I must have more!! Sold all of my Dooney’s on eBay and I’m never looking back! If you look at these bags as a little pricey, don’t let that stop you because you are getting MUCH MORE than your money’s worth!! These will last you a lifetime and they cost no more and maybe even less than some designer bags and I’ve already had designer bags fall apart on me! These will not!! So proud to carry these bags! I’m coming back for more!

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  12. Jim

    I purchased a bag for my wife. I decided on the Jenna in daffodil. The picture is beautiful, but when you see the bag for real it is stunning. My wife absolutely loved her new bag. The ordering process was simple and we received her bag in just a few days. Thank you.

    Sincerely
    Jim Limberakis

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    • janell

      Thank you for leaving us a review, Jim! We are happy that we could help make your wife’s day! Janell

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  13. Diane Robinson

    I used the Chelsea bag as my carry on for our visit to see the in laws in Scotland. I got so many compliments on it in the UK that I’m thinking you really need to advertise and sell over there too!
    It was a great size for taking everything I needed on the plane and it fit under the seat in front of me.
    I never expected to be someone who had a closet full of handbags but these are so well made and versatile that I feel more like I am making an investment than a frivolous purchase.
    I’ve now got purple, red, color and pink. I’m waiting to see if you ever do an aqua!
    Love love love these bags!

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  14. Barbara Quinn

    I just received my first Janell Bag. It will most definitely not be my last. This handbag, the Jenna, is the perfect size for me, great color, and exceptionally well made. The hardware is pretty, functional, and sturdy. The lining is beautiful, and the bag has a wonderful soft leather feel. I admit to a pocketbook/handbag fetish, and this is my new all -time favorite already. I have quite a few upscale designer handbags, but this one overshadows them all.
    I was surprised and very pleased that it arrived so quickly, a day earlier than expected!

    Thanks for making a great product! Quality products are becoming increasingly hard to find. Keep up the great work!

    A new advocate from Pennsylvania.

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    • janell

      Thanks you! We appreciate the time you took out of your day to leave us a review! Enjoy your bag! Janell

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  15. Pam Iava

    Just received my Kelly green Jenna bag. It is my first but I am sure not my last Janell bag. It is so beautiful and well made; I just love it . Even the lining is pretty. I love handbags and have many but I am certain this one will be a favorite. I am honored to carry a bag made in Maine. Thank you for your beautiful work

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    • janell

      Thank you so much, Pamela! Enjoy your Kelly Green bag! Janell

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  16. Karen Koytek

    Repeat customer here!! Just received the Kate bag with crossbody strap and matching LOVE bracelet all in purple royalty. This is an Easter gift for my 15 year old daughter who isn’t allowed sugar – and boy, this will surpass any chocolate that she would’ve received! She’s going to forget all about candy when she sees this!! She’ll be just like mom now with her own Janell bag and she will feel special knowing how much mom cared to purchase this handmade beauty from Maine instead of a prefabricated bag from a department store!! You’ve done it again Janell! Thank you so much for this beautiful and exquisite bag and matching bracelet!! Super fast shipping too!

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  17. Rose Marie Pascuzzi

    I just purchased my second Ashley. It is the perfect everyday bag – large enough for all that I need, with several pockets to keep everything organized and easily accessible. The finishing on the bag is beautiful. I am always looking for products made in the USA. I’m so glad I found Janell!

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    • janell

      Thank you so much!! Enjoy your Ashley!

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  18. Judy Adams

    My husband purchased a beautiful Jenna bag for me as a gift. Although lovely, I was in the market for a Crossbody purse. After an easy conversation with Janell, we took a ride and were welcomed at her shop in Newport. She was SO patient with my questions and requests. Within a week, my custom Kate Crossbody purse was delivered to me. It is the perfect size, complete with pockets that met my picky preferences, unique color and anchored strap. Her creativity, personal touch and professional service is unmatched. Thank you!!

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    • janell

      Thank you Judy!! So happy we could get you what you needed! Janell

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  19. Susan Pelletier

    I just picked up my first Janelle pocket book, it is beautiful and the quality is excellent. I am a die hard MK bags. But Janelle bags are top of the line. I am in love with her bags. I definitely going to get more.

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    • janell

      Thank you so much Susan!! Enjoy your new Jenna and Ava! We are more than happy to help you with that! Janell

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  20. Jodi McCarthy

    I received my first, but will not be my last, Jenna bag just yesterday. I am not only thrilled with the quality, but proud that this is locally crafted. I am so pleased that you have decided to create your business in central Maine, and I will be happy to add to my collection. The cappuccino Jenna bag is beautiful, the leather is amazingl I’m definately sold on Janell bags!

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    • janell

      Thank you so much for the review!! Enjoy your Jenna and we will be more than happy to help you add to your collection!! Janell

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  21. Karen Koytek

    I received my Jenna bag and Ava wristlet today. When I opened the box, I could NOT believe my eyes AND nose. First of all, I’ve always been a Dooney girl and I own many, but as soon as I saw the outstanding quality of this bag, I will no longer be purchasing Dooney’s!!! The quality and professional craftsmanship of this bag Both inside and out totally blew me away and it takes a LOT to do that as I am extremely picky about quality! I was also in shock over the size of the Ava wristlet! Very generously sized and perfect to carry my cosmetics! Thirdly, the leather smells divine – reminds me of a pair of Quoddy’s I owned 30 years ago!! Overall I love the light but substantial weight if the bag as I have problems with my shoulders and this is going to be a joy to carry! I was going to wait until Spring to switch my purses out but heck with that – I’m doing it TODAY!!! Janell, you do a fantastic job at making these bags! I usually only carry black purses but I’m definitely coming back to purchase some of the other lovely colors! I used to balk at paying a little more for a Dooney bag, but I’m not going to balk at buying these bags because they are well worth every cent!! Thank you so much for sharing your talents!!

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    • janell

      Thank you soo much Karen! We appreciate the shining review tremendously!! Janell

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  22. Carolyn Kelley

    I received my beautiful Chelsea bag yesterday and I just love it! The quality and style are outstanding; it will be a perfect companion for my trips. I also enjoyed speaking with Janell, herself…….how rare is that! Anyway, my next shoulder bag will definately be a Janell bag!

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    • janell

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your thoughts for your new Chelsea bag!! Janell

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  23. Dorothy Landry

    I absolutely love my new bag. After leaving a not so subtle hint for my husband as to what I would like for Christmas ( I actually circled in black felt marker the ad in the Downeast Magazine), he went online and ordered the purse. He handed me the receipt and I saw he had ordered the Chelsea, not the Jenna. I immediately called the number listed in the ad. To my great surprise, the voice on the other end said “Hello, this is Janell”!! I was extremely impressed. She was able to correct the order and refund the difference. Not only do I absolutely love my new purse, but the personalized customer service has made me a customer for life!!

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    • janell

      Thank you so much!! Glad we could help! Enjoy! Janell

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  24. Cindy Joseph

    I love the color orange and commented I wished there was a dark orange and Janell had some sample leathers! I ordered the wristlet which was gorgeous and my husband got me the Jenna in the same orange as my wristlet! I LOVE it! Thank you for making these custom color bags for me!

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    • janell

      I loved the orange also!! So glad the color worked for you!! Enjoy and thank you for the review!! Janell

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  25. Debbie Cormier

    Thank you Jenell for helping my husband, Tim Cormier (not Kim lol) pick out this beautiful Jenna handmade purse. The quality is superb I will treasure it forever!!

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    • janell

      So glad that you love it!!! Enjoy!! Thank you for leaving a review! Janell

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  26. Patty Martin

    Beautiful purses made In Maine! Well made and luxurious.

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    • janell

      Thank you! Merry Christmas! Janell

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  27. Carrie M

    I am not typically one to invest in purses but have admired Janell’s designs for a while. I was thrilled to be gifted a Cappuccino Jenna not too long ago and I wish I had gotten one sooner. This bag is luxurious and so well designed, it has the perfect mix of being functional while also being stylish and built to last! I get compliments on my bag everywhere I go and always make sure to point them in the direction of Janell Bags. From their locally sourced materials to the skillful work that is all completed in rural Maine, this company is one of a kind.

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    • janell

      Thank you Carrie!! So glad that you love your Janell bag! And thank you for taking time out to leave a review! Janell

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  28. Ken Bonacci

    Janell bag got me off the sofa and back in the big bed again. I can give no higher accolade than that.

    Ken B.

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    • janell

      That is fantastic, Ken!!! We are very happy to help with such endeavors!! 🙂 Janell

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  29. Diane Robinson

    My first bag was a salmon color summer clearance but I decided it was more of a pumpkin spice and used it all this fall. It was very well made. It should last for years. I ordered the royal purple in the largest style and my husband is going to give me that for Christmas. I’m happy and he is thrilled about not needing to shop! I just now ordered the Ellie style bag in the Persian red.
    I’ve had my eye on it for ages and there is a sale so it’s finally going to be mine. My birthday is two days after Christmas so this will be my present and hubby won’t need to shop. Get the bag. You won’t regret it!

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    • janell

      That is fantastic!! Thank you sooo much for the wonderful review!! Janell

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  30. Joan greenie

    I just today received my beautiful “Jenna” bag in Christmas purple.
    It is even more perfect than I imagined! You can just tell by looking at the bag of its high quality! Even my husband commented on the detail and how much he liked it , and he never gets excited about things I buy , ha ha. So thank you again for your wonderful craftsmanship. I’m thrilled to purchase a beautiful leather handbag made in the USA but more importantly made in the great state of Maine where I am blessed to live and call home 🏡🌲🌲🌲

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    • janell

      Thank you so much for the wonderful words!! Enjpy your Purple Royalty Jenna!! Janell

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  31. Mary Horning

    My husband got me a Kate crossbody in cappuccino for my 40th birthday a few days ago. I like it. I needed a new one.He knew I was looking at them & he surprised me & got one for. I like the smell of the new leather & heavy outer zipper & the material print inside. Very nice.

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    • janell

      Thank you for taking time to leave us a review!! Happy Birthday and enjoy!! Janell

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  32. Jess

    I have always been a Coach girl and would not carry anything but coach. I saw the Janell bags in Downeast and got in touch with Janell herself to come see some of her bags. That’s all it took for me to become a Janell girl. I have sold almost all my coach bags in place have gained more Janell bags and plan on getting more. I love the fact that the leather comes from a tannery in my town in Maine and is made in a town that hold dear to my heart. Janell is also a very personable and helpful woman and love doing business with her. More companies should be like hers. My bags at here perfect fit for every occasion and she had different sizes for different needs. I am sure you will love them as much as I do, try one, you will not regret it!!!

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    • janell

      Thank you Jess, for taking time out of your day to leave a review for us!! We truly appreciate it!! Enjoy your new bag! Janell

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  33. Kelsey

    I have been eyeing the Chelsea in cappuccino for about a year, ever since I met Janell and her family and found out they make leather bags. Fast forward to a week in a half ago, Janell helped my husband order *the* bag that I have been wanting and her and her husband had it ready to be picked up in just a few hours! I have been using my Chelsea since getting it a week and a half ago and it is definitely the bag of my dreams. As a young mom of 4 young kids (2 being in diapers) it is absolutely perfect. It fits all my needs and wants for a bag, I can carry everything I need plus have room left in the bag! The interior of the bag is beautiful and matches the exterior perfectly. It is a gorgeous bag and the customer service is fantastic. Janell and her family are very sweet people and I love being able to support a small business that is local to me and uses locally tanned leather. It doesn’t get any better than that! I recommend Janell Bags to everyone and recommend the Chelsea to all moms!

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    • janell

      Thank you Kelsey!! We appreciate the time you took to write a review for other Janell Bags fans! Enjoy your new Chelsea bag! Janell

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  34. Anne-Marie

    I ordered the Ashley bag in Persian Red and it’s even better than I expected. It is a very high-quality product — the color is rich and the details are beautiful. Also, the customer service is outstanding. I had a glitch with my online order (due to user error, not any problem with the site) and Janelle could not have been nicer. She gave me her cell phone number and we sorted it out over the phone — on a weekend, no less. And I love the opportunity to support a local woman-owned small business.

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    • janell

      Thank you so much for taking time to leave your kind words! I’m so glad you love your new Janell Bag!! Enjoy! Janell

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  35. Kerri Bates

    I just received my first (but not last)Jenna bag in the blue heather color…I absolutely LOVE it!!! The quality of the bag is outstanding!!
    My husband and I went to her shop
    and the customer service was
    wonderful!!! Far exceeded my
    expectations!!!
    I will definitely be recommending Janell bags to all my friends and family!! Janell was extremely pleasant and helpful!!!

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    • janell

      Thank you Kerri💕 We appreciate the review and kind words! We love meeting our customers and love seeing them satisfied with our bags and customer service! Janell

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  36. auntnie2001

    I just received my Ellie bag and I love it! Soft leather, beautiful dusky color, perfect size. And made in Maine makes it well worth every penny.
    Anne Mitchell, Wilbraham, Ma.

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    • janell

      Thank you Anne!! We appreciate the kind recommendation! Enjoy your new Ellie! Janell

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  37. Paula

    Just received Jenna and Ava Wristlet in blue heather, such a great Spring & Summer color! I already have Jenna in black, plus 4 other bags from Janell!
    I can’t say enough about the quality of these made in USA bags!

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  38. Sandra

    I am so excited having just received my bag, the Jenna Cappuccino! Such beautiful workmanship! I’m going to have many years of use with this lovely purse. Thank you so much.

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    • janell

      Thanks for the review, Sandra! Enjoy your new Jenna!! Janell

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  39. Rose Kanagy

    Oh my!! I just got my first Janelle bag today. I’m getting ready for a new baby in about 2 months and my cappuccino Chelsea bag will be perfect for carrying what I need for a baby and a toddler. I think this is hands down my favorite bag I have ever owned. It is beautiful and the quality is beyond my expectations. I love the touch that the printed lining adds. I’m already dreaming of getting another one after my babies are bigger and I can downsize my bag.

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    • janell

      So happy that you love your new Chelsea bag, Rose! Thank you for taking time to leave a review and enjoy your new bag and that new baby!!

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  40. Marilyn Mcfarland

    Just got my Jenna bag. LOVE IT ! I saw our ad in Down East magazine and was not disappointed when it arrived. As you said, it is classy. The only problem is I want another bag now.

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    • janell

      Thank you for taking time to leave us a review!! Please enjoy your new Janell Bag and we are happy to help you with any other purse needs (or wants)😀 Janell

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  41. Christina Frisbee Clark

    I love unique well made items and these a bags are beautiful. Do you do anything in a light gray?

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    • janell

      HI Christina! We don’t have gray at the moment but may be adding that later in 2019! Janell

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  42. Sue

    I am hoping you will create a cross body bag large enough to hold an iPad mini. Your bags look beautiful!

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    • janell

      HI Sue! We are designing a crossbody right now! Check back soon! Janell

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  43. Rosalie Culler

    Is this the leather handbag that is sold in Kennebunk, or Kennebunkport?
    Thanks

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    • janell

      Hi Rosalie! No we do not sell them in Kennebunkport. We sell our bags here at our workroom in Newport and on our website. 😀 Janell

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  44. Carol A Peterson

    Absolutely gorgeous, in both materials and workmanship!! Even the inside is beautiful!! And the customer service is the best!
    I’m now awaiting my second one to arrive!!
    Thank you so much!!

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    • janell

      Thank you Carol, for taking the time to let others know what you think of our bags! We really appreciate it!♥️ Janell

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  45. Jean

    Is the Ellie bag available in black?

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    • janell

      Yes, it is, Jean!

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  46. David Papenfuss

    I have two daughters and I’m getting a bag for my wife for Valentine Days.
    I work with all woman and asked about your sizes and showed them your web site and their first impressions were “wow, looks great” your wife should love it.
    I hope it is sized right to get her away from the oversized bags with some much metal hardware and brand logos that weight so much Vs the function and versatility for carrying the most import things and be stylish and smart looking.

    I can’t wait to surprise her for the Special 14th of this month!

    If she likes it I think I will get her the Red one next………I purchased the Navy Nautical with the classy accent inside lining.

    Thanks for making something that is from a woman for woman with the help of your husband on the leather handles and accents.

    thanks.

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    • janell

      Hi David! Good choice! The Jenna is our most popular style and Navy is timeless! Let us know what she thinks! Janell

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  47. Karin Stanley

    I love my new Ellie bag. Don’t hesitate to purchase a Janell bag online as they arrive just as they are pictured on the site. I usually opt for brown or navy colors but this time I tried the teal and it is so much more fun!

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    • janell

      Thank you so much Karin! We appreciate that you took time to leave a review! Enjoy your new bag!! Janell

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  48. Lucy

    I just bought a Jenna bag with a gift card my husband gave me for my birthday and I am thrilled! It is such soft leather and just the right size – not too big but not too small. And I adore that it’s Maine-made!

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    • janell

      That’s wonderful, Lucy! So happy that it is just Perfect! Enjoy! Janell

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  49. Susan

    My husband gifted me with a Jenna bag in java brown for Christmas 2018. I absolutely love it! As a young mother, the pockets are great at keeping my items well organized and easily accessible. Thank you for a perfect leather bag!

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    • janell

      Hi Susan! So happy that you love your new Jenna bag! Thank you for taking time to leave a review! Janell

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  50. Michelle morgan

    I love my Jenna Sugar Plum bag. I saw it in Yankee Magazine and showed my husband and voila it appeared for Christmas 2018. The leather is soft and the craftsmanship is outstanding. Since it looks like the handles can switch out, do you make longer ones if we wanted? The length seems fine but just wondering.

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    • janell

      Hi Michelle! So glad you love your new Janell Bag! We don’t have other length handles in stock at this time although we can do a special order for you if you would like😀 Janell

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  51. Jeanne

    Love, Love my first Janell handbag!! Beautifully made & perfect in every way.
    I have never had a handbag like it!! So glad I found it in Yankee Magazine.

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    • janell

      Thank you so much Jeanne!! We love hearing from folks like you! Enjoy your new Janell Bag! Janell

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  52. Poppy Nelson

    I just received my first Janell Bag and it’s as pretty as I hoped. I have several designer handbags and find this workmanship to be equal in quality. Even the light colored lining is well thought out – easier to find things! I grew up in Newport and I’m proud to carry something made in Maine.
    Poppy N.
    Wilbraham, MA

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    • janell

      Thank you Poppy! So glad to hear from you! Enjoy your new Janell Bag 😀

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  53. Lindsay Quintilone-Jordan

    I just opened my Jenna and I love it. I own an Ellie already but I just know I’m going to like this even more. I love the exterior cell phone pockets – they are so handy. The leather really stands up to a beating and the linings are so classy. I love the size of the Jenna and that it zips closed so I won’t lose anything. Amazing workmanship!

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    • janell

      Thanks for taking time to leave us a review!! Enjoy your new Jenna and thank you for being a loyal customer!! Janell

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  54. Lucille Spera

    Just loving my “Ellie” bag. The crafting of this bag is amazing. The leather is so soft and smooth. So glad Yankee Magazine did an article about you. This definitely a forever bag. I know I will be ordering another this spring in a fun color.

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    • janell

      Wonderful, Lucille!! So glad you love it and thank you for writing a review!! Janell

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  55. Eileen C

    I just received my Jenna Coastal Teal bag and I’m thrilled! The workmanship and quality of both the leather and fabric lining is impeccable. The turquoise (teal) color is gorgeous! As I do prefer a bit longer handle drop length, I called and asked Janell if I could get an extra set of gate rings to add length. No problem! For a very small additional charge, the extra rings were added. Now that’s good customer service! I’m very happy to support this Maine family business and I’m sure I will be ordering again. I’ve already got my eye on that Fresh Salmon color!

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    • janell

      Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We appreciate you taking time out of your day to leave us the kind words! Janell

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  56. KAREN COLLINS

    I have been looking at your bags for many years now, window shopping and not able to make up my mind and choose, they are all beautiful. I had entered your drawing in November and much to my delight I won a Jenna! It is beautiful, very functional, made very well and has gotten many wonderful comments! Thank you so much for drawing my name!
    I love it!!

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    • janell

      Thanks Karen! Enjoy that Jenna!

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  57. Wanda

    My sister and I recieved our first Janell Bags in the mail last week and absolutely LOVE them. After years of searching, I have finally found my style of bags with a high level of quality, too. It’s worth every dollar, folks. And I have a feeling 1 bag won’t be enough….

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    • janell

      Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to leave a review! We are so glad that you both love your new Janell bags!

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  58. Janell Temple

    I love my Janell bag! I love that it has my name on it too!

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    • janell

      Awesome! Enjoy carrying a bag with your name on it!!

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  59. Lucretia Hochstetler

    I love these bags! So excited to find amazing bags that are by a family! I love family businesses.

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    • janell

      Thank you for making our day! So glad you love our bags, and thank you for supporting our family! Janell

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  60. Melissa

    I love both of my bags I just bought from Janell! I bought The Chelsea and The Jenna. Both are absolutely beautifully made with such attention to detail. Such great quality and made with love. I can honestly say these are my new favorite bags. I also felt good about supporting a sweet little Maine family rather than big corporation. Janell went above and beyond to make sure I was a happy customer making my bag especially for me and mailing it to me for free. They are also reasonably priced. I highly recommend Janell bags.

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    • janell

      Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! So glad you are pleased with your bags and the service you received! Janell

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  61. Carol Kondratowicz

    Love my bag Ellie Oceanside Teal. It is the perfect size and is light on my shoulder.

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    • janell

      Hi Carol! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are so glad that your Ellie is exactly what you needed! Enjoy!! Janell

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  62. Karen

    I just received my second Janell Bag and I love it. My first was the Ellie, which I use everyday and I just purchased the Chelsea for a work bag and travel bag. I love that this is a family owned company and it is handmade. Thanks Janell!

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    • janell

      Thank you so much, Karen!! I love to hear from our folks and it’s even better to hear from second time customers!! Enjoy your Chelsea Bag!! Janell

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  63. Emily

    Are there are any shops in the Portland or Brunswick area that sell your bags?

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    • janell

      HI Emily! The Center for Maine Craft in the Gardiner service plaza has a very small selection. We also sell from our workroom here in Newport!

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  64. Heidi

    Love my Chelsea bag!!! So in love with it!!! Great people and great quality!!

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    • janell

      Thank you Heidi! Enjoy that Chelsea! 😀Janell

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  65. Graceanne Barbou

    Do either of the mini-bags come in navy? That’s the only color I presently need (and can’t find one!) — and I don’t use bags as large as the Jenna, etc. Also, are these bags available anywhere near Kennebunk? Thanks very much.

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    • janell

      Hi Graceanne! Yes! We have all 3 of our smallest purses available in navy. The Ellie, Olivia, and Ashley Mini! Any questions feel free to call! Janell 717-468-8595

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  66. Nicole Olivier

    Hi Janell,
    Your bags look so beautiful! I’m hoping to purchase one in the fall. Just one question about the silver hardware. Will they tarnish after time, requiring polishing?
    Thank you.

    Nicole

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    • janell

      Hi Nicole! Thank you for asking 😀 The hardware doesn’t require any polishing and stays looking nice without any care. Janell😊

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  67. Dawn Thibodeau

    Last fall, I originally bought the Ashley Mini in Persian Red and was very pleased with it.. For summer I decided to try the Jenna in a beautiful shade of light navy blue (not sure what the name is) and decided that I like the slightly lager size. So today I bought Jenna in a summery shade of light coffee with cream. The styles are perfect with the inside and outside pockets just right for things that you want to find easily. The straps are the most comfortable length for me as I like to tuck it under my arm. The Maine tanned leather is extremely high quality and the colors are beautiful. Some of them are originals by Janell. YES, there is a real Janell, and she is extremely accommodating in filling orders with the right color and style. She will be at the Newport Sumerfest on Aug 4 and you should definitely plan to stop by her booth.

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    • janell

      Thank you Dawn! So glad you stopped by today! Thank you for the review, we value every single one!😁 Enjoy that new purse!! Janell

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  68. Lorraine McCurdy

    Ordered my Ellie handbag on Monday & received it on Thursday after seeing your ad in Yankee magazine. Thank you for the prompt service. Love the size & the fact that the bag is USA made. And it’s beautifully made besides. Keep up the good work. A satisfied customer in Oregon.

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    • janell

      Thank you so much, Lorraine! Enjoy your new purse!

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  69. Donna Mrozowski

    My first Janell bag has just arrived and I am in love! After much deliberating over which bag and which color, I decided on the Jenna in the oceanside teal. It is beautiful. The leather is soft but not floppy so the bag stands on its own. I love the silver hardware and the length of the straps is perfect. The color works for summer and will easily go into fall and winter. But, I might have to get a different color for Christmas and maybe the soft white in the spring. Oh boy, better start saving my pennies. Thank you, Janell for your prompt and very courteous customer service. Sure beats one of those other designer bags you buy at the mall. Can you tell I love my new bag and I’ll be back🙂

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    • janell

      Thank you, Donna!!! We appreciate the time you took to write a review! Enjoy that Jenna and we will be here to help you with your next choices😊

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  70. Karl Crowell

    The Olivia Coastal Teal bag is simply beautiful. Beautiful in color, design and feel. Saw your ad in Yankee.

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    • janell

      Thanks, Karl, for the review! So glad you like the Olivia! Enjoy!

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  71. Paula

    I just bought the Ellie, and plan to buy the Jenna next.
    Beautiful , quality bags!

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    • janell

      Thank you for the review, Paula! We are happy to have another loyal customer! Janell

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      • Paula

        Does the Jenna come in black?

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        • janell

          Hi Paula! I am currently waiting for the black leather to arrive and then it will be available!

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  72. Marylee Aubry

    My husband bought me the Jenna in nautical navy for Mother’s Day. ….I absolutely LOVE my new purse……and I am pretty picky about my purse. The leather is very supple, smells wonderful, and the handles are a perfect length for it to sit on my shoulder. It has several nice sized pockets inside, and one good size pocket for my phone on the outside. Trust me when I tell you that you will love this bag!

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    • janell

      Thank you Marylee! Enjoy your new purse! Janell

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  73. Jean Erickson

    I just received the Ashley Mini in Royal Plum from my husband as a Mother’s Day gift. He saw your ad in Yankee, and went to your website – knowing my love of handbags. The fact that it is made in the USA is a big selling point to me. The color is gorgeous and the quality of the workmanship is wonderful. I plan on asking for an Olivia for my birthday – very versatile with the different strap configurations. All of your bag colors are beautiful, but any chance you may include black as an option?

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    • janell

      Hi Jean! Thank you for that! So glad you are enjoying it! Black may become one of our color lines, but at this point I can do black as a special order. Prices would be the same. 😃

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  74. Melissa

    I saw an ad for your bags and have browsed the website, but I can’t seem to dimensions for the bags anywhere. I’m sure there are other folks who would appreciate knowing this information.

    Thanks. . .and keep up the beautiful work!

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    • janell

      Hi Melissa! Thanks for checking! When you are on a product page scroll down to the description and you will see the measurements there! Let me know if I can help you with any questions! Janell 717-468-8595

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  75. Donna House

    I just received my raspberry Ashley Mini today and I love it. After seeing their ad in a magazine, checking out the website and reading reviews, I decided to give Janell Bags a try. So happy I did. We love the state of Maine, visit twice a year. I try to buy “made in the USA” products. Maine made items have that extra appeal. Thank you to all at Janell’s.

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    • janell

      Thanks for that wonderful review, Donna! We love to know what our customers think! Enjoy your Ashley Mini! Janell

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  76. Hope Snow

    I just received my Callee Fresh Salmon purse today. Excellent craftsmanship. I love the color. Personalized service and fast shipping. So glad to support American made products. I definitely will be making another purchase. Thank you for a wonderful product.

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    • janell

      Thank you for the kind words! So glad that you like your purse! We will be glad to help you with all your purse needs! Enjoy!

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  77. Gloria Heath

    Are the straps on the Callee long enough so that the bag can be used as a shoulder bag? Thanks

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    • janell

      Yes, they are made to fit perfectly for a shoulder bag! It’s actually a very comfy bag to carry😃

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  78. Karen O'Leary

    LOVING my new Jenna bag. I bought it in the Raspberry Sorbet and it is beautiful.The handles are flexible and the drop length is perfect. The inside layout and size is functional, fun and matches perfectly with the outside leather. I cannot say enough about this bag…on my way to buying my 2nd one. Thank you Janell for this offering, absolutely a wonderful purchase!

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    • janell

      Thanks Karen! Love satisfied customers!!

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  79. Virginia

    Just ordered my 2nd Janell Bag. The quality is superb and the linings are delightful. Love supporting your business!

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    • janell

      Thanks, Virginia! So glad you are pleased! Enjoy your second one!

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  80. Gloria

    Purchased my first Janell Bag, Elle – Nautical Navy. Great size for me. Many better bags on the market are either too big or too small. The strap is perfect for over the arm or shoulder. And I especially like the light pattern liner. Makes it easy for my “senior” eyes to easily find items. The leather is nice and soft and pliable. As you can see, I really like this bag. Hope to purchase more in the future. I have had several compliments on it and questions as to where I got it and have given them your website. Janell, you’re onto something with these bags. Keep up the good work.

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    • janell

      Thanks Gloria! So glad you like it and thank you for the referral! We love to hear from our customers!

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  81. Susan

    Janell is the real deal. Her bags are lovingly crafted and her customer service second to none. I can’t wait to show off my new Ellie in beautiful garnet red. I’m sure this won’t be my last purchase. Hurry–tell all your friends!

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    • janell

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I hope your new bag is a wonderful asset to you!

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  82. Betty Sylvia

    Hi, Where can I purchase them? Do retail stores carry them or only through your website? Thanks

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    • janell

      Hi, and thanks for inquiring! The Center for Maine Craft in Gardiner, Maine and also Curtis Family Shoe Store in Ellsworth, Maine has a small selection. Also then you can purchase them on our website. You are welcome to call me with any questions…..717-468-8595 Janell

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  83. Karen Sawyer

    Love, Love, Love Janell Bags!! I have purchased 3 of them so far, 2 for my mom, (she adores them) and I bought my first leather bag yesterday! It’s a better bag than any “name” brand you will find and it’s made with pride!! Love these bags… can’t wait to see what’s to come!

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    • janell

      Thanks Karen! I appreciate your input! Stick around because we have lots of new things this year!

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  84. Aaron

    I was wondering if you could estimate the number of days expected for shipping. I just purchased a bag for my wife. I would appreciate an estimate to know when to expect it. Thank you very much!

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    • janell

      Hi Aaron, I only now saw your comment…the bag shipped out yesterday so I’m not sure if it will quite make it for Christmas but should be there shortly thereafter if not! Thanks so much for your order! Janell

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  85. Kim

    I just received my bag today! I knew it would be nice, but I think I underestimated how nice……It’s GORGEOUS! I LOVE it! I bought the leather Callee. It’s a perfect size, and the quality is top notch!

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    • janell

      Thanks Kim! Luv to hear from folks! Enjoy!!

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  86. audrey

    love your bages my favorite one is the ana bag so happy i bought one

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    • janell

      Wonderful! Thanks for submitting a review! We love hearing from people! If you haven’t found us on facebook you can do so! (Janell Bags) We post new things and news on there!

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  87. Tricia

    Came across your bags at the Fall Festival in York Me. So glad I did. I purchased a lilly bag and i love it. I get many comments and have given out your name. Keep up the beautiful craftmanship. Now I need a new wallet!!!

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    • janell

      Thanks, so glad you like it! Wallets are one of the next things I am hoping to create! So check back next year! Janell

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  88. Janice

    My bag just arrived and I LOVE it! A must have for sure. I’m passing on my great find to my friends. I’d much rather buy from a talented mom doing her thing than from a store. So very happy to have come across Janell Bags. 🙂

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    • janell

      So glad you like it! We appreciate your business! Thanks Janell

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  89. Jennifer Montague

    Just bought a “Ana” bag today at the Bucksport Bay Festival and love it! Maine made is the only way to go. A great bag, great price and always excited to support a small local business. You won’t regret buying from a great family who make beautiful bags and are proud of what they make! Keep up the good work and look forward to talking to you!

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    • janell

      Thanks Jennifer! Wonderful meeting you! Thanks for the support! Enjoy your bag!

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  90. Arianna

    Wow , this is one of Maine’s best kept secrets . The Handmade quality is incredible . Great folks to do business with

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  91. Janet

    These bags are so beautiful. They are a delight to own! Very well made and the prices are great.

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    • Suzan Mac

      Where is information on the sizes of the bags? How do we discover the locations of the Faires you will be attending?

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      • janell

        Hi Suzan! The sizes are on under each style/color page if you scroll down. Also We don’t have anymore fairs this year. If you have more questions you can call me. 717-468-8595. Also you are welcome to stop by our workroom in Newport, Maine. Janell

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      • Jeanne

        Seeing the bag pictured with someone holding it would really help.

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        • janell

          HI Jeanne! We are hoping to add those soon! Meanwhile I’d be happy to email some to you if you can tell me which styles you would like to see! Janell

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