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Luxurious, sturdy and without a lot of embellishments — that's probably the best way to describe bags from B. May. Totes, clutches and cross-body bags from leather and other animal skins made in Michigan.

"The kind of women I see carrying them?" says Barbara May, who designs the Made in America line. "Definitely fashion savvy but not necessarily a trend follower. A woman who doesn't want other people's names on her arms. She wants something that's luxurious but not overdone."