Newly Launched TOLA Debuts Company, Line of Hand-Crafted Leather Accessories at AmericaSmart Atlanta

Exceptionally Designed, Hand-Crafted Italian and Brazilian Leather Accessories with Fashion-Forward Edge Available for the First Time from New Chicago Company

Chicago, IL - July 12, 2013 - TOLA, a newly launched design studio specializing in fine, entirely hand-crafted personal accessories, makes its debut and introduces a stunning line of one-of-a-kind leather accessories -- all designed, hand-cut, hand-sewn and hand-stitched in Chicago -- at the AmericaSmart Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market this week, July 12-14.

TOLA – which turns out to be a Sanskrit unit of measure in the gold weight standard – is a fitting acronym of the first names of its four founding partners. Last fall, Laurie Roberts, TOLA’s ‘L’ and President, sought to establish a business that would grant her and herassociates – Teresa Kuriata, Olena Petyurenko and Agnes Kula – a true, creative outlet for their talents in apparel and fashion design.

“We all have extensive apparel backgrounds,” Roberts said. “TOLA represents our collective belief in the significance of creating something just for us. Every design that comes from our studios is a reflection of our own personal style and passion for individual creativity. It’s why we’ve made a point of crafting accessories with so many handmade touches and details – TOLA is an extension of ourselves.”

Expertly created and made with an unheard-of level of hand-crafted details, TOLA’s leather accessories, made from fine Italian and Brazilian leather, include both men’s and women’s wallets and cardholders, iPhone and iPad holders, hair-on-hide and leather clutches and purses, coasters and guitar straps. TOLA also offers distinctive and customizable banded ties, made from top-quality Italian wool. All designs are cut, sewn and stitched by hand in TOLA’s Chicago showroom.

All accessories come in a large variety of colors and textures – including python and crocodile tooled patterns, and magenta, tangerine and indigo leather accents.

Cardholders and wallets are priced $40-$100. All purses, depending on design and style, range from $160-$250. Phone cases are available for $50-$80 and iPad cases can be purchased for $95-$145.

“Our level of detail is unmatched – in both design and execution,” Roberts said. “The TOLA vision lives out in the personal details of every stitch and seam, to add individuality to life’s everyday accessories.”

TOLA will be unveiling its product line, available for September delivery, at Booth 2010 in the Juried Boutique Division at the AmericaSmart Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

To view TOLA’s full line and purchase, please visit, or call (773) 525-6885.

For more information, contact:
Murphy Knott Public Relations, Inc.
(312) 867-9177

About TOLA

TOLA’s leather accessories are expertly created and made with exceptional hand-crafted details.  Using fine Italian and Brazilian leather, TOLA’s designs are all cut, sewn and stitched by hand in TOLA’s Chicago showroom. To view TOLA’s full line and purchase, please visit, or call (773) 525-6885.