JoAnn Marie started the company in 1994 simply by making large Christmas stockings all by hand. Eventually she ended up selling her ornate stockings to Nordstrom and the company took off from there. She started JoAnn Marie Designs from a small room in her home, then expanded into her garage, and then finally into a warehouse just big enough for one person. From that point the business evolved from stockings, to gift items, wine bags and then into a full line of bags and totes, including a line of Eco-Friendly Bags. Today we employ four large warehouses, and ship all over North America.