Behind the Scenes – About Us

Julie Quinnan and Reina Smyth have known each other since the first week of college at the University of Southern California. They were roommates for several years during and after college. Julie graduated with an Architecture Degree and Reina with a BS in Business Administration. Now Julie lives with her husband and two sons in California and Reina lives with her husband and one son – born this month – in England as her husband is on a military assignment for a few years. How do the run the company from across the world? Three words: thank you, technology!

Julie had the idea of Flying Buttress handbags about 5 years before they started creating the company. When Reina, with her background in retail, moved nearby, Julie realized she had the perfect partner to join her venture. It was another year until they were ready to launch the website.

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Here’s the newest member of the Flying Buttress family:




About Reina Smyth

I am a fashion-loving, entrepreneurial Marine spouse that is soon moving from California to England. I love travel, photography, running, cooking and fashion. I consider myself a jack of all trades type of girl.

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