Houston Live Stock and Rodeo Show

Rodeo time is such a large time in Texas and Laura Lee Designs, Inc. gets to take part in the biggest rodeo in not only the state itself, but also the world! How cool is that? Come visit LLD in booth #B3048!

For those of you that can’t make it down to Houston, Texas – we’d like to virtually bring it to you the best that we can. To kick things off, let’s learn about HLSR!

– Since the first show in the 1930’s, over $40 million dollars have been committed to the youth through scholarships.

– Volunteers make the organization what it is; there are over 30,000 men and women who put in countless hours.

– For many rodeo contestants, getting an opportunity to be apart of HLSR is a high point in their careers.

– The rotating stage that takes the dirt every night was once only seen at HLSR and only taken by those asked to perform.

– On an average day, there are anywhere from 60,000 – 75,000 people on the grounds at once. Record days will see over 100,000!

For some, it’s hard to imagine that many events have the potential to generate that much foot traffic on any given day, but we are here to tell you that’s the case during rodeo time in Houston, Texas.

Through the course of the next twenty days, we plan to keep you updated on all things

#RODEOHOUSTON – If you’re in town, come by and see what the big deal is! We want to see how you make the experience yours!


Ever wonder about the creator of Laura Lee Designs handbags? Meet, Laura Lee, the visionary behind the one-of-a-kind handbags! Read on about her amazing journey from the corporate world to owning her own business! 


Laura Lee did not set out to design purses. She never went to school for that.

Following graduation and degrees in hand, she headed for the corporate life where she held marketing positions with companies including Nike, Apple, American Express, and Ralph Lauren. The corporate world was her comfort zone and all she really knew.

It was at Apple that the marketing bug kicked in. She worked to develop, improve, and distribute Apple’s “Power Book” product. There she honed the skill of brand integrity. She developed an appreciation for strong branding and began to notice it everywhere.

In her spare time Laura Lee spent time running and felt particularly inspired by the Nike Just Do It philosophy… so much so that she wrote a letter to Phil Knight and Runner’s World telling them how the Nike philosophy motivated her to become a better athlete. Laura Lee’s moving letter was published by Runner’s World and Nike employed her as a wear tester. Nike sent her pre-release products, and she would wear the merchandise and report on its quality. Eventually she began working at Nike in global forecasting, a position that meant overseas travel. It was during this time that she caught the international bug.

“Don’t live the ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’ life wondering what you could have done.”

Eventually she settled in Hong Kong employed by PCCW, Asia’s leading Communications Corporation. At PCCW she was responsible for developing and implementing international marketing initiatives with companies such as Microsoft, Disney, AOL Time Warner, Hewlett Packard, and Oracle.

Laura Lee grew up in Southern California which influenced her love for athletics. An avid runner and triathlete, Laura Lee remains active and loves to get outdoors for some training. But for all she has done, her biggest influences came from her Mother and Grandmother. Her Mother always encouraged her to make the impossible possible, and her Grandmother’s quote has always stayed with her: “Don’t live the ‘coulda, woulda, shoulda’ life.” It means don’t be afraid to do something out of the ordinary.

Really, it’s quite simple: Do what you love and the rest will follow. Grandma said it best.



Welcome to Sparkling Features !
My personal sense of craving ‘all things unique’ happened while living abroad. Currently a transplant to Washington D.C., I have a curiosity that has reached all aspects of my life. From choosing color combinations of designs, leathers and beads for the collection, fun/crazy ‘one-off’ outfits, to gaining and learning insights from amazing women, thought-leaders and role models that have ‘Sparkling (Unique) Features’ of their own.
Along with Laura Lee Designs, these musings are a personal look at the way I see and appreciate the distinctive and exceptional world we live in.
And remember: Be You. Be Yourself. There really is know one else like you!
Laura Lee/LL

Fresh starts are wonderful and each and every one of us has a blank/clean slate at the beginning of every year. Instead of new years resolutions, we like to think that we are just extending what we didn’t finish from last year. Still wanting to think and be different in the forthcoming year, but to actually continue on with (new) and continued ideas, creations, processes and added-unique ways of thinking.


Are we excited for the new year, you might ask. Of course. But we don’t want to label that we are going to be completely different than what we were in 2016. As one of the iconic brands that we admire and revere had as their tag line many years ago- we’re just going to ‘think different’ while still holding onto the common core elements and values we’ve always had: quality, seamless customer service (always our #1 goal and not always achieved—but boy do we try!)


Here’s to a brand new year—may you revel in it and live up to all your visions, dreams and goals. All of us here at Laura Lee Designs is cheering you into 2017!


Sparkle on! 

LL and LLD Team