It all began with our mother, Hazel Della Snodgrass (HDS), pictured below on her 100th birthday. Feisty and independent, she was always well put together and extremely active until she fell and broke her hip at 99½, and everything changed.
After she moved into an assisted living facility, one of her biggest frustrations was the ugly, medicinal looking, metal walker and her inability to carry her things in a stylish purse when using it. Unable to find a walker bag that Hazel liked, we, her daughters, Carol and Sharon, took matters into our own hands.
Sharon made Mom the first of several walker bags with the style and flair worthy of her personality and taste. Her bags became the rage at the assisted living facility and soon all of Hazel's friends with walkers, scooters and power chairs were sporting Sharon's handiwork. See Sharon and Mom below with her last HDS Medallion Bag at 101.
Carol realized the bags were truly special when the ladies shared how the bags made them feel stylish and beautiful once again and how much they loved all of the compliments they received. HDS Medallion® (with the initials of our beloved mother's name) was born and these smashing bags have been lifting the spirits of women who use them on their devices ever since.
Carol and her husband, Bill, built the company and opened the e-commerce store on April 15, 2011 with our Classic Collection, primarily for walkers. They have been expanding the store ever since. Sharon continues to design all HDS Medallion Bags as an independent designer. Check out her creative designs in our catalog. To learn more about the company, Carol, and Bill, go to Our Company.
Although Mom died at 102 in 2010, we believe she would be very pleased with our name and the products she inspired and her daughters' roles.
FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS OF ALL AGES USING MOBILITY DEVICES
We've discovered many more amazing women and girls beyond seniors with other mobility devices (wheelchairs, power chairs, mobility scooters, strollers, cane chairs, etc.) who value our bags. Whether it is a 13 year old girl with cerebral palsy, a 35+ year old recovering from ankle surgery, a dying friend who used the bag to hold her GI bag, a woman paralyzed by a spinal cord injury, one with MS, or a little person who carries one of our demi-premier bags as a shoulder bag, they all found these bags to be both fabulously functional and stylish. And our friends who play golf rave about their bags' versatility going from golf cart to lunch.
Women of all ages and circumstances are sporting our bags now and loving that the bag is a great expression of their personality, style and beauty while adding great functionality to their mobility devices. We could go on and on describing the range of our wonderful customers.....all ages, all sizes, all different and all beautiful in their own unique ways.
Take a look at our Lookbook
to see the range of bags offered.
LOTS OF BAG CHOICES
We've learned a lot about the diversity of mobility devices disabled women and girls use and have designed bags to work on the vast majority of them. In 2012, we introduced our new Premier Bags
for women who use multiple devices, or are in wheelchairs, power chairs, etc. They too gain a psychological lift of being stylish while receiving great functionality. Our innovative fastening system in these bags is extremely flexible and adaptive to multiple devices. We know it works when our competition begins using the same design, but ours is based on strong metal components, while theirs are plastic.
The mechanics of this flexible, innovative bag has been carried forward to other collections. Our Demi-Premier
bags, introduced in 2013, are just perfect for small chairs, young girls or for those women who like to carry a smaller bag. Metro Bags
are larger and more secure in the big cities with zippered closures. We introduced our first waterproof bags in 2014 and have been expanding that line as we find attractive laminated cotton fabric we can use. We continue to introduce new bags, patterns, and styles regularly.
In 2016 we will introduce a new universal collection for men and women. It will have some unique features such as a band on the front of the bag that can be changed to reflect at least one additional look. We're awaiting approval to offer stunning military service medallions for these bags as well. Join our newsletter list so you'll hear about this innovative bag just when it is introduced.
So think of your loved one or friend who uses mobility devices and honor your mom, grandmother, aunt, friend, daughter or loved one with an authentic HDS Medallion Designer CarryAll Bag.
Or treat yourself!