OUR BRAND STORY-
Most people are embarrassed of their makeup bag, because they’ve never actually found the right one,” says Henry Charles Founder Candice Capps-Tate.
Handmade with intention, Henry Charles thoughtfully bridges high-end handbags and beauty accessories. Uniquely designed around the products they house, from deluxe eyeshadow palettes to professional brushes, these androgynous bags and cases unify both form and function.
Inspired by new world architecture, Japanese origami, and kitsch pop art, the FIDM graduate and private label bag designer for clients such as Anthropologie, Nordstrom and Sephora, brought her sculptural silhouettes to life by folding and taping together sticky notes during conception. Much like a fortune-telling chatterbox, she created wide open shapes for quick and easy access, coining the phrase FumbleFreeTM. “You should be able to reach into your bag effortlessly each time you grab your makeup,” advises Capps-Tate. Gender-neutral construction of soft yet durable fabrics, smooth gliding zippers and strong magnetism is luxuriated by elements of hand-painted edges, elevated hardware and bright, custom elastics. In the vast opening of the best selling, patent-pending Large Deluxe Cosmetic Clutch, spills are prevented by allowing foundation bottles and sprays to stand upright. Its design also reveals contents at a glance—no flipping or folding necessary. Redefining organization, Henry Charles vows to consolidate stockpiles while cutting time. Brand fans boast it’s “the best thing to happen to their beauty routine”.
For the brand name, Capps-Tate paired an appellation that reigns supreme with her late grandfather’s given name CHARLES, who lived life to the highest standard. Paying homage to that ideology, Henry Charles promises to source the safest materials and produce the most superior hand-crafted pieces without ever sacrificing performance. While most wouldn’t think to question the toxicity of their makeup bag, they should. Suspect compounds have been found to leach onto makeup brushes and end up on the face and body. Therefore, Henry Charles avoids culprits like PVC, a common and widely used plastic polymer, as it leaks phthalates and is toxic in all stages of its life span. Although exempt, Henry Charles adheres to standards higher than Prop 65 by extensively testing its pieces to ensure their long life cycle stays away from the throwaway society.
The brand’s eclectic mix of capsule collections are available for purchase at henrycharles.com. With a new collection slated to launch bi-annually, the brand “wants to own the beauty organization market and show that luxury makeup deserves to live in high-quality accessory pieces,” concludes Capps-Tate.
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Your handbag reflects your personal style, so your everyday makeup bag should do the same. Henry Charles bags are built using sculptural, runway- worthy techniques that showcase unique profiles, closures, and thoughtfully designed areas for you to grab your bag when you’re out the door.
A sanitary makeup bag shouldn’t have to look like a diaper bag covered in plastic, so ours won’t. We carefully source and curate our vegan materials to breathe life and texture into your beauty experience without ever putting you in harm’s way. Non-toxic durability is always non-negotiable.
It’s all in the details. Henry Charles bags are painstakingly hand-crafted down to very force you feel when opening your bag, to the very sound you hear when you put it down. Cheap makeup bags already exist. We’re here to take it next level; every stitch and painted edge matters.
Our Eco-Conscious Mission—
Henry Charles aims to avoid PVC in its products because it’s the single most toxic plastic known to all living beings and our planet, period.
We consider it our crucial responsibility to educate consumers about how PVC on most makeup bags are leaching toxic chemicals onto your skin by contact and indirect contact through your makeup. These toxic chemicals are linked to a long list of diseases. It is our mission to research, use, and promote alternative materials whenever possible.
We also test our products well beyond USA standard requirements for critical substances and performance to ensure all our bags are non-toxic and have the longest lifespan possible. This is only the beginning of our eco-mission, The more we grow, the further we’ll pave the way in the discovery of new manufacturing methods and alternatives to help the beauty and travel industry become 100% non-toxic.
- Most PVCs used for makeup bags contain a plasticizer (softener) called Phthalates, which is one of the most toxic substances known in all plastics.
- Phthalates have been provenly linked to:
- many forms of cancer
- kidney damage
- endocrine disruption
- fetal development complications
- brain function impairment
- asthma and respiratory diseases
- and more
- Skin absorption of phthalates happens in seconds, and the more PVC products we touch and come into contact with by air and water pollution, the greater our exposure
- According to the EPA, Phthalates human absorption is actually increasing at an alarming rate, with women and children absorbing the most
- The demand for PVC products and its manufacturing is increasing worldwide—ranking 3rd in overall plastic output and consumption
- Dioxins are released during the manufacturing process, which pollutes air and water and is highly hazardous to workers. Dioxins are some of the most toxic chemicals ever studied by the EPA
- A very low percentage of PVC actually gets recycled, only .1—3%.
- PVC never fully decomposes in landfills, in fact, the pieces just become smaller by granulation. Granulation takes up to 1,000 years and the pieces end up in ground water, oceans, and become consumed by wildlife—resulting in a vicious cycle of omnipresent toxicity for generations to come.
Eco-friendlier Alternative Materials—
Henry Charles is currently exploring and using alternatives such as PU (polyurethane), for its marginal toxicity and environmental impact compared to PVC. The PU industry is constantly researching and innovating new techniques to improve environmental benefit.
- PU is partly made from waste Co2, using it as a recycled raw material which helps lift a very heavy environmental burden from our planet
- In the right conditions and made with the right manufacturing techniques, PU is 100% biodegradable. Much further research and funding is needed to ensure that all PU will in fact become biodegraded through landfill conditions.
- PU is already flexible, which eliminates the need for toxic additives such phthalates
- PU is an excellent insulator, helping reduce energy consumption worldwide at an increasing rate
- PU is a wonderful leather alternative (AKA vegan leather). Leather is a known key contributor to global warming through livestock raising Co2 emissions and toxic chromium tanning that pollutes air and water systems. However, Henry Charles does recognize the benefit of leather’s long life-cycle and will continue to research the sustainability possibilities of leather.
Cotton and Polyester:
Henry Charles is currently exploring and using cotton, although still an imperfect alternative. While cotton is fully non-toxic and recyclable in its raw state from start to finish, it has a very short lifecycle for consumer use and it requires vast amounts of water to produce. That is why Henry Charles currently coats its cotton fabrics with PU, to make them longer-lasting. Alternatively, Polyester yarns are known for their ability to be created from 100% recycled ocean plastic, so we are actively using and researching polyester as an alternative to PVC.
“When it comes to materials, taking a moderate approach is key. There is no perfectly sustainable material. The goal is to be more aware of the ways in which our material decisions matter in places far beyond our closets.”—Nadine Farag, Writer for manrepeller.com