The Bella Bag, as it’s now known, is handmade in a Fremont basement studio by Angie Bowlds. The 27-year-old seamstress is frantically churning them out and mailing them off to fans of the angsty teen-vampire romance-novel series Twilight and of the film which has grossed over $191 million domestically since its November release. The current wait time for one of Bowlds’ $175 satchels is about three weeks, though she expects it to hit a month soon. “It just snowballed,” she says.
Bowlds’ business has reaped huge benefits from the movie, set in and around the Olympic Peninsula and filmed in the Northwest as well. Now legislators in Olympia are one signature away from passing a law that will give massive tax breaks to production companies in hopes that the sequel, as well as a slew of other Hollywood films, will shoot in the state.