We’ve been thinking: isn’t there a little empty space in your wardrobe that would neatly fit a new handbag? If you’re a typical mama, it’s probably been a while since you last treated yourself to something.
There’s no time like the present, so sit back and get a load of these luxurious leather handbags by Melbourne’s Elk Accessories.
Elk’s handbag collection is full of buttery soft leather pieces, big and small. Although Elk’s designers firmly position themselves as an Australian brand, the vibe of the leather collection is distinctly contemporary Scandinavian. The lines are clean, hardware sturdy and colours solid.
Most bags come in neutrals like black or tan, but then the fun begins – many bags also have colour options like bright blue, lemon yellow and mint green.
There are slouchy bucket bags ($235), functional totes ($189), cross body bags ($259) and super modern leather backpacks. Let’s pause on the backpack because we think it’s the coolest item to hit women’s accessories in a long time. The Orm Leather Backpack ($259) sits high on the back and is round and structured to stand up, almost like a basket. You can carry it on your back or in your hand from its loop, and the top unzips like a lid so that you can see everything inside.
We did say this post was about a treat for you, but when you’re a mama, you’re always thinking about your kids. Elk’s handbags are big enough to fit their various accoutrements, from nappies and wipes, to squeezy pouches of yoghurt, to the essential collection of toy lizards and magic wands.
We love Elk as much for its design aesthetic as we do for its ethical practices. The brand works with small manufacturers around the world. The traditional skills and techniques of these makers mean that Elk’s products are beautifully made, and every time Elk discovers a new maker, the designs for the season shift to something totally different.
Elk visits its manufacturers regularly throughout the year to check things like working conditions, workplace safety, workers’ rights and company ethics.
If you look in your local gift shop or contemporary clothing shop, you might find a few Elk pieces. Failing that, the leather collection, not to mention clothing and jewellery, is available online and shipping in Australia is $10.