Accessories design has been a part of my life since Kindergarten, when I refused to go to school without my black Mary Janes. My passion found a professional outlet years later when I took my BFA in Fashion Design and interned at Proenza Schouler. I then moved my life and education to Italy, where I worked for Missoni and attended graduate school, earning a Master’s degree in Shoe and Handbag design.
In 2008, I returned to New York with a new sense of possibility and an edge of Italianità. I designed handbags and accessories for Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Coach, Kate Spade, and Juicy Couture. Working alongside some of the most talented people in the industry, I received a first class apprenticeship in design, construction, leatherwork, and hardware.
Then one day I woke up to a call from the ER. My little sister had been hit by a car and was fighting for her life in the ICU. All I could do was hope and pray that she would make it. Paralyzed by despair, I sat by my phone and curled into myself. When I finally looked up again, my husband handed me a little black box. Inside was the most beautiful pair of earrings. My husband took my hand and said, “Even if they bring you joy for two minutes, that’s two minutes of joy you need right now.”
In a flash, I had hope again; and within hours, I had word that my sister was going to be okay. Relief and clarity flooded through me, and this low point became the springboard for my future. I couldn’t wait around doing nothing. I needed to get up, claim my dream, and find a way to use my love of design to share my two minutes of joy to inspire someone else. In the crossroads of fantasy and functionality, GG Maull was born.
Designed in New York City and produced in Italy, GG Maull is a beautifully fierce accessories brand. It incorporates Art Deco detailing into Italian leather to create timeless, statement pieces. Marked by rebellious sophistication and whimsical flair, it’s a brand for powerful women who will never sit still and wait.
My goal is to create a handbag that brings joy and makes it easier for a woman to carry around the tools she needs to conquer the world!
Gretchen Maull Berger,
Founder & Creative Director
Designed in New York City and made in Italy, GG Maull handbags are created with innovation, quality and luxury. We bring beauty and joy to our customers through our sophisticated, functional and accessible handbags.