A&O Company Spotlight: Ellington Handbags

The summer market Outdoor Retailer (OR) trade show is one of the largest domestic trade shows for the Athletic and Outdoor industry. More than 20,000 people attend and nearly 1,000 exhibitors display the latest and greatest in outdoor sports, apparel, gear and equipment.

This year, more than 50 of these exhibitors hail from Portland or Oregon. The OR Spotlight introduces just a few of the many great Portland companies and people attending the summer show.

Today’s company is Ellington Handbags

Your Name and Title:
Gary Hansen, Owner & CEO of Ellington Handbags

Company Description:
Ellington Handbags makes casual chic handbags for everyday use. Our collections offer exceptional designs featuring organizational components creatively built from the finest materials including Italian leather, award wining eco leather, and lightweight nylon.

Year Founded:

What is your hottest product at the 2013 Summer Outdoor Retailer Show?
The Heidi Collection. Ellington has been attending OR for over 40 shows. The new Heidi Collection is perfect for customers who value Ellington’s casual chic design integrated into products for active consumers. These bags feature a durable washed nylon twill body, leather trim accents, and padded compartments for your favorite tablet, iPad or iPad Mini. Stop by the booth, say hello, and enter to win one for yourself.


And coming soon…
The “G-Series”- Over the last few years we have concentrated on women’s bags. Within the next year, we look forward to releasing a Men’s line inspired by our customers and world travel.

Besides your own, what Portland company or companies do you think are doing the most exciting work/design?
Pendleton- Great work in broadening the appeal of the branded line by bringing in new customers for new product initiatives. Also, Pistil and Tanner.

What do you consider the advantages of being based in Portland, OR?
Being a privately held local company based in Portland, we value the lifestyle and culture of creativity. People appreciate things that are genuine which is consistent with our values.

Ellington Handbags Marketing & Sales Manager, Kristy Obritschkewitsch, shows off the new Carly tote