(SPOT.ph) A good leather bag is an investment—you can use it as your work bag or save it for your out-of-town adventures; either way, you’ll be using it for years. In case you haven’t found The One, here are 10 local shops where you can meet your soulmate in the form of a chic leather bag.
Katre's luxurious line of bags focuses on timeless—rather than trendy—designs. Established in 2009, the brand takes extra care to make sure each piece is designed and crafted to perfection. The meticulous attention to style and detail, as well as their use of high-grade leather, make them a great option for a sophisticated look. They’ve got everything from shoulder bags to backpacks, totes, belt bags, and mini pouches. Plus, they also make small leather accessories like coin purses, luggage tags, and phone cases that you can pair with your bag.
See a list of Katre stockists.
Online boutique Arasitalia uses handmade Italian leather for all their pieces. The brand focuses on putting together their classic-meets-modern aesthetic well. They’ve got laptop bags and briefcases that can also function as work bags, but we also love their stylish handbags that you can use for casual days!
For more information, visit Arasitalia's website.
Marked specializes in creating leather bags inspired by Scandinavian design. Their minimalist styles are made with the kind of passion and precision that can only be achieved by hand—particularly, by the hands of owner Mark Ngo, who makes each piece himself. Upon ordering, you’ll have to wait a little over a month for your bag, but we think a one-of-a-kind, made-just-for-you piece is totally worth the wait.
For more information, visit Marked's Facebook page.
Humi follows the "shop slow" mantra, meaning they encourage their customers to really think about their purchases and to shop with intention. This not only refers to their use of cruelty-free vegan leather, but also to their belief that everything you own should be no less than functional, fashionable, and fairly priced—a philosophy you’ll definitely notice in their products. We’re currently eyeing their reversible leather totes, which are a great bang-for-your-buck item (it's pretty much two in one!).
For more information, visit Humi's website.
Pravi uses 100% genuine cow leather for their timeless totes, all handcrafted in Manila. You’ll love their spacious, easy-to-carry bags for everyday use and especially for travel—when you might need to carry a few extra things. Plus, many of their styles come in bold colors that’ll instantly spice up any outfit.
For more information, visit Pravi's Instagram page.
If you’re looking for something extra fancy but still locally made, check out Joanna Preysler’s (founder of Tint, Carbon, Othello, and Provenance Art Gallery) line of premium leather bags made from materials like crocodile, ostrich, and python. The bags' chic patterns and textures will definitely turn heads—ladies on the go should particularly check out the brand's large, spacious totes!
Joanna Preysler is at G/F Greenbelt 3, Makati City.
With branches all over the Metro, Fino is definitely one of the most accessible and recognizable local leather options. The brand prides itself on always innovating when it comes to design and style, while remaining faithful to traditional leather crafting techniques. Frequent visits to their store will reveal a constantly shifting collection with modern designs that make use of unique colors and textures. Here, you can get everything from a tiny coin purse for everyday use or a large handbag for travel.
See a list of Fino branches.
From the Yiddish word meyvn, which means “one who understands,” leatherware brand Mayvn attempts to understand each person’s individual style by making a unique array of pieces that caters to all kinds of personalities. Each one can be personalized with an elegant monogram. Their bags are great for the fashion-forward who are always in the mood to change things up without breaking the bank. They’ve got handbags and purses as well as travel accessories like pouches, cardholders, passport holders, and more.
For more information, visit Mayvn's website.
It’s hard not to fall in love with the rustic and homey vibe of any of The Tannery’s branches. Their bags have the same feel—stylishly worn-out, durable, and timeless. The leather artisans behind the brand—whose expertise was cultivated from generations of leather makers dating back to the early 20th century—are constantly keeping up to date with the latest styles and manufacturing technology, so you know you can always rely on their expansive collection, which includes everything from wallets and accessories to messenger bags and backpacks.
The Tannery has branches at Glorietta 1, Makati City; Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, Mandaluyong City, and UP Town Center, Quezon City.
Hide and Seek
The deep tones and rugged aesthetic of Hide and Seek’s bags are perfect for adventure seekers—you’ll love bringing these sturdy, low maintenance bags with you everywhere you go. But don’t worry because the rustic, laid-back designs can be for both work and play so you can take these big-buckled, square-shaped bags anywhere from the city to the mountains.
Hide and Seek is available at The Park in Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City.