Benah is a leather and silk accessories brand made in Australia, which reinvents our all-time basics. Brenda Briand, founder of the brand, designs luxury hand—finished handbags, scarves and shoes inspired by classic designs, which feel extremely contemporary. With her latest collection “Never Ever Forever”, an ode to the spirit of the 90s, she presents us beautiful bags, which are rich in contrasts: between glam and classic, trends and timelessness, between girl and woman.
We talked with Brenda about their cult brand that has caught the attention of online and offline tastemakers, such as Susie Bubble, Tommy Ton and Florence Welch.
How are Benah’s collections produced?
Benah’s brand philosophy is built on clean design and timeless quality. And this flows through all aspects of the business, especially production. We are a boutique brand, which offers beautiful handmade European items at a great price. And we visit our craftsmen often to ensure that the standard of workmanship is not compromised at any stage.
We love that Benah is loved by a wide range of ages with each having the commonality of loving beautiful, quality products.
Where do you draw inspiration from when it comes to the designs?
Each collection centers around an idea, a concept or a philosophy, and then I think about the type of personality that would be engaged in that idea. For example, the current collection is a reflection on my youth in the 90’s and what I was thinking about back then. I remember struggling to try and figure out what I wanted to do with my life, and how as a teenager you are made to think you need to have it all figured out. But as you get older, and wiser, you realize that it’s ok to make it up as you go along. That nothing is ever set in stone, and that you have a power to change your own destiny at any time. That things are never, ever, forever.
The collection is built on the iconic clean lines of the minimalist 90’s, but as a teenager I was channeling the 70’s, listening to the Doors and wearing long floral paisley skirts. These motifs have all found their way into the current collection.
Who are your personal style icons?
I love any person that can carry themselves with respect, dignity and confidences. Someone that radiates happiness that is infectious. That to me is true style, and that is inspiring.
Caroline de Maigret is someone I currently admire. She is a mother and a career woman and is never overdone. She seems to be comfortable in my own skin and her masculine take on woman’s fashion.
What emblematic design piece would you have liked designed?
I’m not sure about a piece, but I would have loved having invented denim. I cannot live with out it. I wear vintage denim more than anything else and have been known to double denim on more than a few occasions.