About Us

STRUCTUREbags uniquely couples an engineer’s attention to detail with eco-friendly materials. Bags and accessories feature clean lines and fresh looks for eco-conscious, patriotic, stylish women.

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When you choose a STRUCTUREbag purse or accessory, you know you are getting a bag not only hand-crafted in the USA, but eco-friendly as well. The canvas on your bag is 100-percent organic. The vintage button on your bifold is often upcycled. The high quality, 100-percent wool fabrics are hand-felted by a one-woman-shop in South Carolina. We source our labels and printed canvases from other small businesses around the country.

STRUCTUREbags works hard to create unique bags made with great resources from great people.

About Founder and Designer, Brenda Guyader

Brenda Guyader

Before turning her attention to accessory design, Brenda spent more than 12 years as a successful structural engineer. The features customers have come to expect in a well-made, handcrafted STRUCTUREbag are rooted in Brenda’s seismic design background.

During Brenda’s tenure as a designer and manager, she learned to control the details: durability, constructability and design must come together as one. With each fabric choice, with each stitch, Brenda’s vision is brought to you with great care.

When Brenda and her husband relocated to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009, her appreciation for members and families of our military soared. Living on a military post shines light on the sacrifices and commitment of military families: deployments, circumstantial single-parenting, tragedies and volunteerism.

With the birth of their daughter in 2010, the new parenting phase became Brenda's focus. In 2011, STRUCTUREbags started as an outlet for this new mom, semi-ripped from an over-demanding career and looking to make some one-of-a-kind goods for her toddler. Baby Guyader needed some original Army gear!

Gradually, the new-mom fog lifted, and Brenda began to hear and listen to everything happening around her. West Point is many things – historic, picturesque, academically excellent – but most of all it is humbling.

From the story of the tactical officer killed in action who was laid to rest in front of standing room only crowds, to the woman brought to tears after receiving candy on Valentine’s Day from the “deployment angels,” it was clear to Brenda that her previous civilian perspective was grossly naïve.

In many ways, STRUCTUREbags reflects the lessons learned in Brenda’s years at West Point. STRUCTUREbags is about giving back: to the environment, to those who serve, to those left behind.

Learn more about what her husband, Andy Guyader, has been working on since leaving Army.