Mary Frances' focus is not only on creating a beautiful product but on designing product that has a positive impact on the world and us. By purchasing a Mary Frances handbag you are supporting the fine craftspeople of the cottage industry movement in third world countries. This art includes hand beading and embroidery of which takes anywhere from one to three days to complete one handbag. The work is completed by women and men in cities and small villages who otherwise would have worked on construction sites, farm labor, and low wage service jobs. This work gives them dignity and a livelihood which helps supplement their family's income.