Meet Leslie Evans of Portland Based Leslie Evans Designs

It all started with a vintage featherweight Singer sewing machine, some antique ticking, and a library full of antique books, prints, vintage textiles and ephemera.

Despite the fact that she had a successful career as a graphic designer providing marketing, design and packaging for many national brands, Leslie Evans didn't feel fulfilled. Something was stirring inside her. It was time for a personal shift of her creative energies.  It was time to take a risk and try her hand at developing her own brand.

Leslie was always fascinated by textile design. If she were to shift her focus, how could she incorporate all her skills and all her collections into a look of her own? Leslie unearthed the old sewing machine her mom had given her when she turned sixteen, brushed off its dusty outer case, replaced the broken drive belt, applied a drop or two of oil and, voila!  It worked like a charm.

Leslie set up a studio-workshop in her seaside barn in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and began cutting and sewing her first products. She began with scented sachets, then added pillows, table runners, paper placemats and greeting cards. Leslie showed the line to one of her design clients who owns a home decor store in Portland, Maine and she immediately placed an order. The Leslie Evans Design collection had its first customer, and Leslie had a new business! 

Things moved quickly after that, almost too quickly! Leslie's products are now sold in kitchen, gift and home decor stores in New England and elsewhere. Not only that, but she is now happily engaged in creating a fanciful collection of textile and paper products designed in Maine. The line has now grown to include ceramic coasters, trivets and glass cutting boards with her designs. Although the Leslie Evans Design collection is new to the market, she feels as though she had been preparing to create it her entire life.