About Us

Karen began her career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist working in the field of Pharmaceutical Research.

Fast forward several years and three daughters makes a family of five. Rather than returning to the work force in the same field, she decided to explore her creative side and “Karen Wilson Handbags” was born.

The Trendsetting Handbags are designed with unique textures, patterns, accents and colour- many with a Vintage-Inspired look.

Karen Wilson Handbags are Made in Canada with a focus on detail and quality. They are made in limited quantities to keep them exclusive.


Launched in the Fall of 2012 was a line of Hand Waxed Canvas and Leather Bags.

They were inspired by Karen’s maternal Grandfather-

Clair Audrey Parkinson- or “CAP” as he was called.

CAP worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway during WW ll and was stationed at Camp Borden-Many young men passed through that camp on their way Overseas- all carrying some kind of canvas bag-maybe a duffle bag or a type of backpack. Handwritten names, numbers and markings on these canvas bags told their individual stories.

In recognition of this time in our history-CAP Bags are all made from hand waxed Canvas and Leather with hand lettered names and limited edition numbers. Lined with a Black/White railway or “ticking stripe” , the Bags have a Weathered Vintage look that only improves with wear.

“Karen Wilson Handbags” is excited to add these Heritage pieces to our collection-and we think “Papa “ would be proud!