About Us

Proud to be All-American each step of the way.

Not only are all Sivani products handmade in America by skilled craftspeople, we only use the finest American materials such as waxed canvas, and we only employ the most esteemed American suppliers such as Horween Leather, which has been in business for over 100 years.

In addition to the unsurpassed quality that results, this "Made in America" approach means that new jobs are created locally, thus giving the economy a boost and helping it grow for generations to come.

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Quality above all.

We manufacture our entire product line in-house as well as in a small-run sewing factory in Portland, Oregon. This allows us to oversee the complete manufacturing process and to control the quality of our products.

Because we are perfectionists by nature, my husband and I personally ensure that every product we manufacture is to the absolute highest standards.

Silvia tying product tag

"Thanks to America, we're living our dream."

Silvia sewing a dopp kit

I was born to be a designer.

My name is Silvia Nikolov and I am the founder and designer behind all Sivani 

Ever since I can remember, I've sketched designs and made things by hand. It's more than my talent or gift. It's my calling.

In other words, it's who I am.

Unfortunately, I grew up in a society that put great pressure on me to go for a "safe, practical" occupation like accounting or insurance.

Fortunately, there was also my beloved grandmother who raised me as my second mother and introduced me to handcrafting. She always encouraged me to express myself creatively and to remain true to my calling and my dreams.

Silvia and her grandmother

It even seems like I was fated for this pursuit.

Back in Bulgaria where I was born, there's a fun tradition that takes place as soon as a child can walk. She's directed to a low table with various objects on it that represent different professions.

Whatever object she picks out supposedly determines what she will become when she grows up. I made a beeline for the thread and the needle!

Later, in a first-grade drawing class, I was sketching models in fashion clothes when my teacher asked me: “So, Silvia, what will you be when you grow up?” I pointed at my drawings and without hesitation said, “A fashion designer!”

To this day, nothing is more deeply gratifying than to make a concept come to life as a physical product created by my own two hands.

Silvia monogramming a dopp kit

I came to the United States filled with hopes and dreams.

Like most immigrants, I had to work extra hard to establish myself. I held down three jobs in order to pay for design school, which, needless to say, had plenty of its own demands.

Yet I continued to create things on the side such as jewelry for women. Soon, around 2005, I launched a portfolio website and branched out to making leather and silver items.

Out of the blue, a lot of men began buying my products, so I made a shift in that direction, creating masculine jewelry and leather wallets.

Ivan working the arbor press

The birth of Sivani as you see it today.

In 2013, my husband, Ivan Nikolov, joined Sivani and together we focused on developing our collection of travel, tote and duffel bags, plus dopp kits (toiletry bags for men).

Through this evolution, Sivani was born: a design studio and workshop that hand-builds a variety of personalized, heirloom-quality leather products with special emphasis on functionality, durability, and longevity.

At Sivani, our design aesthetic draws inspiration from the past, reflecting it through the prism of what is relevant now, thus merging old-school craftsmanship with the demands of today's lifestyle.

Ivan packing a dopp kit

Why we feel so much at home in America.

We have tremendous respect for the accomplishments and traditions of American manufacturing. For many decades, American manufacturers led the entire world into an exciting new future and made life better for countless people everywhere. It's a cornerstone of America's economy.

That's why we make our heirloom-quality products according to the American model of superb craftsmanship and functional elegance.

We also personalize each item to add lasting, sentimental value. After all, these items of such high quality that they're meant to be passed down from one generation to the next.

Writing the initials of the gift receiver on the Sivani Designs box

Always happy to promote our adopted homeland!

American Made Matters LogoSivani is a proud participant in the Million American Jobs Project and a member of American Made Matters, an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying made in the USA products.

Our Vision:

To be recognized in the marketplace as a premier bags-and-luggage brand noted for our fidelity to traditional American craftsmanship in creating heirloom-quality products that truly personify functional elegance.

Our Mission:

To continue the great tradition of 100% American-style leather manufacturing, employing domestic craftspeople, using U.S. materials from U.S. suppliers only, thereby contributing to our local economy and the nation as a whole.

Thank you very much for visiting our website. We invite you to explore it fully and imagine how beautifully these products will enhance your lifestyle. 

 

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