Hi! I'm Angela, the owner, designer and maker here at Misneach. Misneach (pronounced mish-noch) is Gaelic for courage. Starting your own creative business takes a lot of courage, making this the perfect name!
I am inspired by all things Scottish! For years I've been immersed in Scottish culture travelling to various Highland Games with my bagpiper husband Scott. I also have deep Scottish roots on my mother's side. I am a proud Loud MacLeod, amongst other clans! So when I decided I wanted to try my hand at making bags, they just had to be Celtic.
My Celtic inspired creations are all handmade, one at a time, by me in my home studio just outside of Maxville, Ontario. I’ve sourced Harris Tweed® and tartan directly from the weavers in Scotland. I use the highest quality leathers and fabrics in my bags as well.
I live in North Glengarry, Ontario, Canada, which is the Scottish heartland of Canada. Many Scots came to this region during the Highland Clearances. Maxville is the proud home to the North American Pipe Band Championships, which takes place every August long weekend. Our tiny village of about 800 swells to over 25,000 people from all over North America!
Although I'm a lawyer by trade, I am a creative soul at heart. I currently split my time between my bag making studio and teaching law at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Common Law.
Thanks so much for stopping by!