Power of the Purse

looptworks power of the purse collaboration with CJ McCullum


Bags & packs that give back

Through April 15th, if you pre-order a Calvin pack or Moto backpack, a percentage of sales will be donated to Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest to support their programs.

Girls Inc + CJ McCollum + Looptworks


Power of the Purse is one of the most talked about fashion events in Portland. A fundraiser for Girls Inc of the Pacific Northwest, designers are teamed with "Purse-O-Nalities" to create one-of-a-kind handbags that are auctioned off to support local programs and their mission to empower girls.

We've returned for our 3rd year as a designer for the event, this time around teaming with Samantha and our purse-o-nality, Portland Trail Blazers starter CJ McCollum. 

Sam and CJ liked the idea of a backpack as CJ travels regularly as a Portland Trail Blazer, and Sam enjoys carrying a backpack over other accessories. They were both fond of our Moto pack, so we started there. Sam wanted to add some color, so we emboldened it with a splash of blue suede, utilizing boot leather sourced from Danner boots. Left over from a discontinued model, the entire pack is upcycled utilizing excess materials. 

Although we only made 3 of the blue suede edition (one for the auction and one for CJ and Sam) you can still get a moto pack of your own!

A Partnership with Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest

The original backpack was created for the annual runway-style fundraiser, The Power of the Purse. Each year, Girls Inc. pairs “Purse-onalities” with designers to create one-of-a-kind bags, which are then sold at auction. Some of these bags bring in as much as $10,000 to support Girls Inc.’s mission of giving young women the tools they need to succeed. As a way to show our support, 10% of the sale of each Calvin Backpack continues to go toward Girls Inc. programming.

The Beginning

In 2016, Looptworks collaborated with NBC Grimm's Claire Coffee and Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest to create the Calvin backpack.  

Our goal: create Claire Coffee's ideal backpack that would gel with her busy lifestyle. From the get-go, the synergies between Claire and Looptworks’ design team promised a phenomenal end result. And The Calvin is just that: A bag that is light-weight, durable, designed for one-handed use, and looks great whether you’re running errands or going out to dinner. Learn more about the design process that went into the collaboration with Claire here.