My goal was to create designer handbags that are sustainable in every aspect – that are produced under good conditions and that are of good quality, which ensures transparency for the customers, while maintaining interesting retail prices.
The Swiss designer Julie Egli presents her first accessories collection of artisan bags and belts inspired by the functionality of antique luggage. Delicacies made of premium quality leather in a small town in Andalusia using a natural vegetable tanning technique. Having lived nearly seven years in Barcelona, leaving the production in hands of Spanish artisans was a natural decision for Julie. But also because she was convinced of the importance of using sustainably sourced quality materials and of supporting a country with a long tradition of leather crafts such as Spain, as he tells us via mail. “My goal was also to create designer handbags that are sustainable in every aspect – that are produced under good conditions and that are of good quality, which ensures transparency for the customers, while maintaining interesting retail prices.” And thus the adventure begins by mailing early sketches and ideas and long Skype videochats, until, finally, Julie went to Cadiz, where she could see the material, as well the as workshops and production conditions herself. “I always like to visit the people and places personally,” she points out.
The fruits of this first collaboration – straightforwardly and aptly named “hat bag” and “vanity bag” – are cute and small handbags, or, as the creator points out, examples of “light luggage”. “The hat bag is small … but big enough to fit a wallet, keys, make-up powder, lipstick, hand balm, mini nail polish, a small cigarette box …” all what is necessary, as we think. Here are some pictures of the look book, with the walls and streets of the Andalusian town where the bags were produced as background images, as well as a making of-collage of her trip to Spain.