Mobile Tucson boutique expects to go places - Arizona Daily Star

Sugar Skull Design started with a $350 clutch — one that owner Gabriela Fleming reeaaaaally wanted. The graphic and Web designer was wandering around downtown Austin, Texas, on a break from a conference for young advertising professionals, when her friend pointed out the amazing little purse. “It had skulls on it, and she said, ‘It’s so you,’” recalls Fleming, a 27-year-old Tucsonan. Necessity, you see, is more than just the mother of invention — she’s also spawned some pretty cool accessories. Three years after Sugar Skull Design officially launched, Fleming has done well enough to quit her day job. She splits her time working as a freelance graphic and Web designer and running her Etsy shop full of colorful creations, inspired by a mashup of pinup and rockabilly, Mexican cultural traditions and pop culture. Prices start at under $10 for earrings and keychains and tote bags can run up to $100, while clutches cost $25 to $60. Sales have been going so well that later this month, Fleming’s Etsy shop is going mobile. But, packing and unpacking her black Dodge Ram truck for local events, like 2nd Saturdays Downtown, became such a chore that. Source: