Urban Gypsy Design was founded in 2009 by Minneapolis artist and designer Christina Hankins. Christina began her career as a fine artist in southern California creating narrative works in pastel and paint which she has exhibited throughout the United States. In 2003 she relocated her studio with her husband and children to Minnesota and began to establish herself in the upper mid-west. Several years after her relocation, Hankins began to think about combining fine art and function and started to visualize a line of artisan leather handbags. Each bag is thoughtfully designed with an artists eye while keeping wearability and function in mind. Christina creates original lino cut block prints, hand painted pieces and appliques, which she constructs her bags around. All of her bags are designed, hand cut, and sewn in her studio with the help of an assistant or two and are considered art to wear.