Between the Seams – The People that Make Porteen Gear Possible – Danielle

Porteen Gear PeopleWe thought it would be a good idea to show you all of the people that have a hand in making all of the Porteen Gear products and are a key part of helping the business run smoothly. We will be showcasing the small family owned businesses and individuals who are part of the daily happenings at Porteen Gear. It was asked of each person to hold something that is their passion for a portrait to be taken after their interview.

Our first Between the Seams will showcase Danielle.

Danielle came aboard this past April to help with all of the miscellaneous tasks in the Porteen Gear studio. She cuts most of the pattern pieces for the camera bags, gathers all of the hardware and other parts for the weekly batches of bags to be sewn, makes all of the camera straps, and lovingly wraps and ships the orders. She is a joy to work with and brings a fun and happy personality into the studio.

The sad part of this story is that Danielle will be leaving us soon. I hired her for the summer knowing that she was married to a Marine and will be departing with her husband, Koen to Japan in August. Koen is a Marine and has been stationed in Japan since December. She was in need of a job that occupied her summer and I needed some time to think about who I would hire full time before the holiday rush in late fall. It worked out well for both of us and I will miss her dearly!

Interview with Danielle

Q. What is your passion?

A. I have always been passionate about Halloween, ever since I was a kid I loved Halloween. I love Tim Burton and I’m fascinated with special effects.

 Q. What was your favorite part of working for Porteen Gear?

A. Honestly? My boss and the atmosphere at the studio. Porteen Gear is founded and run by great people who work hard and care about putting out a great quality product.

Q. If you could jump on a plane in the next 10 minutes,  where would you go?

A. Nowhere! I am already dreading the long plane ride to Japan in a week.

Q. What was your worst job ever?

A. Without mentioning the company name, I worked at a home improvement store and had to listen to an auto-play of the company jingle all day and was forced to up-sell from a list at the check-out.

Q. What is the most exciting thing coming up in your life in the near future?

A. Most looking forward to moving to Japan, experiencing the Japanese culture and being able to travel.

Q. What is the least exciting thing coming up in your life in the near future?

A. Being away from family and the plane ride to the other side of the world.


We wish Danielle and Koen a safe and happy trip to Japan! It will be exciting to keep in touch with Danielle and hear how she is doing!

Porteen Gear Danielle

Danielle and Koen reunited in Grand Rapids after 8 months apart. He came home to Grand Rapids to bring his bride back to Japan to their home near base.


Update: Danielle agreed to model the latest size of convertible handbag in tribal fashion before she left. Here are a couple of previews.


Modeling a Porteen gear Tribal Bag

Tribal Photo Shoot


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