One of my most favourite things during my boutique days (um, a month ago) was spotting how women styled their outfits with unique accessories. Especially in the Gastown area of Vancouver where diversity is guaranteed. One of the memorable items worn one day when I was working at Ishara was one of the gorgeous carved letter bags from Eulalee Leather. My colleague and I were stunned by bold colours, attention to detail, and quality all gathered in one glance of the custom design. We may have bombarded aforementioned bag-wearer with many questions about the locally-made bag.
The bags are the work of Joren Eulalee, who is an autodidactic leather worker based in Vancouver, and trained as a visual artist at Emily Carr. Inspired by some of my favourite movements–arts & crafts and art deco– you can see Joren’s Fall collection below. If you can’t get enough of it already, custom designs bags are also an option. I’m highly considering asking for an Art Nouveau inspired one. Be prepared to pay a higher price point, but keep in mind that these bags will age beautifully and last for years. The bag I currently carry was snagged from my mother’s closet, kind of camera bag-esque and circa 70s Aldo. It is still in relatively good shape and I wouldn’t be able to replace it with anything else!