When Lynn Tallerico was young, she told her mother that she wanted to have a career in fashion. She was encouraged not to. But after a long career as a certified public accountant and in the travel industry, the Kentfield mother of three young adults made her fashion dreams a reality about 15 years ago by starting herall women business that produces locally sourced and produced handbags — all named after women — and accessories, such as belts and bracelets, she designs.

By hiring local high school interns to work after-school out of her garage and Native American sewing contractors, she hopes to empower women through her business.