Please note that the deadline for orders to arrive by the 25th has passed. Orders shipped using Express mail are the only ones that have guaranteed arrival by Christmas - please contact us if you would like to use this option. Please be in touch with any questions about your order. Thank you, and happy holidays!

SHELTER handbags are designed and made in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. We offer well-crafted, beautiful, and thoughtful designs that are elegant, rustic, and timeless. SHELTER is part of the SHELTER COLLECTIVE. We are designers and makers, from handbags to homes. Our interests lie at the intersection of art, craft, and design.

Karie Reinertson earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and has exhibited her paintings and illustrations in Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, and Portland, OR.  Prior to SHELTER, she worked for an environmental design non-profit, was a design/build intern and chef for a school in Vermont, and traveled extensively internationally, volunteering for environmental education centers.  She is currently designing and making handbags here in the US that focus on beautiful, quality and sustainable materials. She is a designer for the SHELTER COLLECTIVE studio.

Robert Maddox earned his Master of Architecture from the Tulane School of Architecture. Having worked for architectural design firms In New Orleans, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Asheville, he is currently the architectural design principal of SHELTER COLLECTIVE.  As a designer and builder he embraces all aspects of the design process. Additionally, Rob can be found teaching a Home Design Build course at The Yestermorrow Design Build School in Vermont each summer.  For inquiries please contact Rob Maddox at

Please be in touch if you would like to use any of our content or images, as all text and photos are © 2010-2014 // Karie Reinertson / SHELTER unless otherwise noted.

The SHELTER logo and “Shelter Protects You” are TM 2011