Spartina 449, an Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Company, is a Hilton Head Island based women’s handbag and accessory company. Designed locally, our high-quality linen and leather products are made to reflect the color and beauty of Daufuskie Island and the Lowcountry with a collection of handbags, accessories and jewelry.
Accessible only by boat, in a seaside cottage nestled on the small island of Daufuskie, an idea began in 2009. Inspired by the island’s character and natural beauty, company founder and CEO, Kay Stanley, imagined how linen and leather could marry with colorful patterns and timeless island stories.
The company name originates from the lush, green cordgrass that flourishes in the saltwater marshes along the Carolina coast. Its Latin name? Spartina alterniflora. And the number 449? Well, it’s the address of that cozy cottage on Daufuskie Island where the Lowcountry landscapes and creaky floorboards helped bring a novel handbag company to life.
Captivating colors, irresistible style—it was only natural that a mermaid became our insignia! The Spartina 449 mermaid is inspired by tales of sailors who, after a night of indulging in island spirits, gazed into the moonlit ocean, convinced they saw mermaids swimming nearby. More than likely, they were actually swooning over local dolphins!
For us, however, the legend is real. We incorporate an authentic Spartina mermaid into every product either as the logo charm, as a separate charm, or on the inside pocket.
The fabric that graces every Spartina 449 handbag follows the same linen tradition that began over 30,000 years ago with ancient Egyptians. It’s the same technique that has evolved into today’s French and Belgian linens, woven by specially commissioned artisans who create Spartina’s intricate signature weaves.
More durable than commonly used cotton, the exterior linen on Spartina’s handbags is additionally protected with a water and stain resistant coating. Combine this with Spartina’s eco-friendly, water-based inks, and the result is a faithfully crafted and luxurious line of stylish linen handbags and accessories.
Spartina 449 donates a portion of its proceeds to the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, scientific discovery and charity for the purpose of the preservation of the cultural heritage of Daufuskie.