Handcrafted leather bags as gorgeous as those from any big name designer

Handcrafted leather Liria Satchel from the Opelle Etsy store

I love designer bags from big names, don’t get me wrong. But there’s also just something awesome about handcrafted bags from indie designers and smaller names, especially when they are as modern, sophisticated, and hot (did I mention hot?) as the ones at Opelle Creative.

For the price of a big name mass-produced designer bag, you can get a handcrafted leather bag made to order especially for you at Opelle,  a Toronto-based label on Etsy that creates each of their gorgeous designs from original patterns. Let’s just say it’s as close to getting a bag made just for me as I’ll probably ever get. I already feel like a celebrity just thinking about it.

Handcrafted leather Lotus purse by Oppelle Creative on Etsy

Handcrafted leather Liria Duffel bag from Opelle

Personally, I’ve got my eye on the Liria satchel (at very top), with its gorgeous shape and cool brass details that make it a bag I can easily use season after season. Or look at the soft pebbled leather on the Lotus Bag purse and how beautifully it drapes into a modern hobo shape. I’m also a sucker for colorblocking, which the Liria duffel offers, with that pop of gray on the front pocket.

Opelle handcrafted leather fold-over clutch bag in Pine

And ooh, I’m totally coveting the gorgeous fold-over clutch bags with its incredible asymmetrical details, especially in the teal–or pines, as they’re calling it. I don’t even really care what they call it, I just want it. In my hand. Now.

And yes, I realize that spending this much on a bag on Etsy from a designer you’ve never heard of might make you a little wary. But given Opelle’s nearly 1000 positive reviews, I’d say there’s something special happening here. Plus, it’s not often you get to actually have a personal conversation with the person who’s making the bag you’ll basically live with every day. There’s something pretty awesome about that.

Head over to Opelle on Etsy to order one of their cool handcrafted leather bags. Each one is made to order in 2-3 weeks which is not bad at all.

Kristen is CEO/Co-Founder of Cool Mom Picks and a busy mom of four kids who lives in the Philly 'burbs. Though really, what mom isn't busy?

2 Comments

  • Reply August 7, 2014

    Jodi

    Top find Kristen! That clutch is absolutely divine. I might have to treat myself to one for my upcoming birthday, don’t you think? ;) Jodi


    We’ll go with YES.

  • Reply August 15, 2014

    AA

    I have the first bag pictured and it is fabulous.

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