What most people don't know is that our bags are inspired by actual, historical cultural people and places.  Our Susie KT Collection is inspired by Susie King Taylor who was born (August 6, 1848 – October 6, 1912). Taylor was the first Black nurse during the American Civil War. She served the wounded soldiers of the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment (one of the 1st colored regiment formed by General Rufus Saxton, formed by escaped slaves from South Carolina and Florida) 

Taylor also self-published her own memoirs and was the first Black woman to do so. She was the author of Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers. Not only was she a nurse, she was an educator to formerly bonded Black people in the postbellum South and opened schools throughout Georgia.

Taylor was born into slavery on a plantation owned by Valentine Grest on the Isle of Wight in Liberty County, Georgia and is recognized as a member of the Gullah People of Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.