Military Spouses who exemplify the ‘We Can Do It’ Attitude

Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse
Co-founders of R.Riveter

Don’t miss this amazing company run by all military spouses, just like us! ~ Danya

When you hear the words, ‘It’s time to PCS again’, your mind starts to run through the laundry list of questions.  One question many military spouses ask is, ‘Will I be able to find a job at our next duty station?’  Military families are relocated approximately every 2.9 years, making it difficult for the spouse to pursue a single career or gain work experience.  Many spouses of service members need flexibility in their employment opportunities as they manage their households while their partners are deployed or out on a field exercise. It was these unique challenges that inspired Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse to create R. Riveter in 2011.

R. Riveter Clutch
Abrams Handbag

R. Riveter exists entirely to provide a flexible income to military spouses on the move.  The goal is to foster self-identity and purpose that the founders noticed were missing in their own lives and that of other military spouses when they were without a career outlet.   The company is run entirely by military spouses; from the making of the smallest purse part to the models on their advertisements. Each bag is handmade by a military spouse from old military materials like duffle bags, wool blankets, and shelter halves.  These up-cycled materials are combined with real, hand dyed leather to make each R. Riveter bag– producing a kind of character that is totally unique and full of history.  Purse parts come from all over the country, making each R. Riveter bag a symbol of the American spirit and connection to the military community.  The R. Riveter collection of handbags is the foundation of a company dedicated to serving the spouses of our service members. 

Cameron Cruse spoke about why R. Riveter is so important to her and the other R. Riveter independent contractors, “We are inspired by the women who have come before us and truly exemplify the ‘We Can Do It’ attitude. Military spouses are a special group of women who take on the challenges of daily life and have a heart to serve in their community. As a special way to honor these women, all of the bags are named after military families. Made by hand to a strict quality standard, R. Riveter hand bags are a statement of pride and support for all military spouses and families.”

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5 Replies to “Military Spouses who exemplify the ‘We Can Do It’ Attitude”

  1. Marilyn Pahl says:

    I really enjoyed watching the news about your businesses on CNN. What a wonderful idea and the moms can be with their children too. What I have to write may look simple but thought it would be an idea. There are many Americans who are reaching the golden years who yours truly has already. Many of us like to crochet and knit. The other day I bought a set of soft touch crochet hooks. The soft hooks have a larger handle. This is wonderful for many of us who have arthritis in our fingers. When buying the crochet hook set, the cases come with only 8 slots that holds the larger handle instead of 10 thats in the set. The case is very small, a 3 fold with velcross to hold it together. Velcross and yarn do not mix. But I bought the cloth case just to hold the 8 hooks and store the other 2. Knitters I’m sure have some problems storing needles. Some of these cases are cheaply made and run anywhere from $30.00 on. Many of us come from military families from World War ll on. These bags and totes are wonderful and sure wish y’all continued sucess.

  2. Hi I am [email protected] express military. Fabrication and parachute specialist, I would like to volunteer my service to help build your business. I haven’t sewn in years, but I truly respect your goal. Please feel free to contact me.

    1. Hey Vincent,

      Please shoot me an email and let me know what you have in mind. [email protected]

      Have a great day,

  3. Janet Jackson diaz says:

    Hi my name is Janet Jackson Diaz former daughter my Dad is a retired Sgt major. Married an military soldier in Germany.Worked for AAFES . I am very interested in making rivits for the purses.tags at home. Disabled and can’t work. Would like to have the chance to join your group. I lived the military life over half of my life. Savilian life is very differant.
    Thank you
    Janet Jackson Diaz
    [email protected]

    1. Hello Janet,

      Please reach out to R. Riveter here. I hope this helps!


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