After years of wearing her firearm on her hip as a federal agent, Faith Kohler, 44, of Milwaukee was seeking a concealed carry handbag. So she created her own handbag company, Been & Badge, with Milwaukee-native handbag designer Jodi Been of Los Angeles, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. After getting a start by creating interest online through social media sites such as Instagram, it launched its website at beenandbadge.com last week. It offers two types of handbags: a clutch and a tote that converts to a cross-body bag.
“The industry has realized that ‘women owning handguns’ is growing,” said Brian Hugh, a retired federal officer and the Been & Badge team’s gun expert. “Their response — and you have to understand that this is pretty much all-male boardrooms — is, ‘Well, we’ll paint it pink and then they’ll buy it.'” Or companies will go to another extreme and make bags that he describes as either “cutesy” or something your grandmother might use. Been & Badge handbags are made from textured brown, black and purple leathers, and range in price from $259 to $354