Our Story

As both a mother and a teacher in a private school community, I had learned that people are proud of the schools they attend, the teams they play on, organizations they belong to, and companies they work for.

In the fall of 2004, my daughter Jill and I started making our first belts with an old sewing machine and yards of decorative grosgrain ribbon from the local textile store. Within a few short weeks, Jill was selling decorative and school-themed belts out of her backpack on campus at her nearby prep school while her brother sold them at his boarding school.

Our initial endeavor that began at our kitchen table has evolved into Merri’s Custom Designs. The original ribbon belt inspired a whole collection of custom accessories that now includes key holders, belts, headbands, luggage tags, tech cases, bags, and pet accessories. Today our customers range from school groups, sporting teams and alumni offices to corporate and capital fundraising campaigns. 
 

Merri’s mission is to deliver a creative, high quality product, start to finish. From the first phone call to the final product, we create a customized, personal experience. Ready to get started? Call Margaret at 1-413-522-2558
or email margaret@merribelts.com

Meet Our Team

Margaret Merrigan
FOUNDER, CEO
Favorite Product:
The key holder – it’s a customer favorite and I never lose my keys!

Leigh Merrigan Moore
MARKETING CONSULTANT
Favorite Product:
The wristlet – It holds just the right amount and goes from day to night.

Jill Merrigan
DESIGN ASSOCIATE
Favorite Product:
The headband – Definitely the sports headband. I always wear it when I run.

Lynn Stowe Tomb
ART DIRECTOR
Favorite Product:
I love the luggage tag! – It's durable and a great way to personalize your luggage.

Laura Eldridge
DEVELOPER
Favorite Product:
The belt – Very stylish with my jeans!

Suzanne Lewis
DIGITAL DESIGNER
Favorite Product:
The new IPhone 6 case – everyone asks where I got it!

Shirley Lilly
BUSINESS MANAGER
Favorite Product:
The tote bag –- it's my summer staple accessory!

Nala
PRODUCT TESTER
Favorite Product:
My collar! – it makes me feel like the prettiest pup.

Pierre
PRODUCT TESTER
Favorite Product:
My leash! – all the other dogs are jealous of it