Celebrating over 23 incredible years as a leader in the fashion industry Mary Frances Shaffer would like to welcome you to the incredible world of Mary Frances Accessories. Mary Frances' vision and expertise in business have driven her originally home-based business into an international, multi-million dollar corporation that employs more than 700 people.
At the core, Mary Frances' motivation is to provide objects of pure beauty at an accessible price-point. Her handmade treasures are available in over 3000 boutiques and department stores worldwide. Mary Frances Accessories has experienced exponential growth over the years – establishing the Mary Frances label as a widely recognized brand.
Based in the San Francisco-Bay Area, Mary Frances Accessories has twice been named (2005 & 2006) as one of America’s 500 fastest-growing privately owned companies by Inc. Magazine, as well as one of the largest "women owned" business' in 2010. In 2004, Mary Frances proudly received the Accessory Designer of the Year Award at the Dallas Fashion Awards and was one of 5 designers acknowledged as a ‘Star of the Show’ during Paris fashion week in 2004 & 2005.
Mary Frances is passionate about what she does and knows what her customer is looking for: unique, quality accessories that express their personality and individual style. Primarily inspired by fabrics, textures and unique combinations of materials and colors, Mary Frances integrates but is NOT defined by reviews and/or trends, in- turn creating a look that is all her own. Each design is as unique and full of life as she is… giving rise to one of Mary Frances’ favorite quips, “Life is too short to dress boring!” The fan base of the Mary Frances collection is as varied as her handbags: we’ve heard from collectors owning anywhere from 30 to more than 100 Mary Frances bags; there are Mary Frances fan clubs; and Mary Frances designs can be seen on the arms of celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Teri Hatcher, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Anniston, just to name a few.
Mary Frances is a native of California and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. She shares a rich family life with her husband and son who both support and delight her. She loves her work and believes that her business and personal life “flow through my existence together; not as two separate entities.”
It's been with a sense of gratitude and privilege that Mary Frances has spent the last 23 years providing unique and beautiful handbags for women all over the world to enjoy. Not surprisingly, she's off and running creating new looks and trends for all to enjoy!