Know the label The sagacious selection of neutrals at Building Block — ivory, taupe, brick, nude and black — paired with their clean, textural backgrounds when it comes to product photography tells you one thing: The good people behind the five year old LA design studio have a serious conviction for minimalism. If you've been searching for the perfect bucket bag or crossbody, count on Kimberly and Nancy Wu, the sisters behind Building Block to offer you a different persperctive to the established classics.
Know the label Born into the trade and bound by craftsmanship, sisters Beste and Merve Manastir have learnt from the very best before launching Manu Atelier in 2014. Their knowledge of handcrafted leather comes from their father, a reputed manufacturer in Turkey. For the love of simplicity, Manu Atelier focuses on just a handful of designs — most recognisable by its clean lines, corner guards and discrete logo (the glint of an arrow).
Know the label The beauty about German label Tsatsas is that its founders Esther Schulze-Tsatsas and Dimitrios Tsatsas were trained in industrial design and architecture. Their keen eye for lines is reflected in each and every design — whether forged from stiff or delicate leather — right down to the way in which a soft leather bag collapses when it's empty. Their love for quality and craftsmanship stems from Dimitrios Tsatsas' father, who's produced leather goods in Offenbach am Main, Germany for more than three decades.
Know the label Phillip Bree of PB 0110 knows his colours. User-friendly and pared-back designs aside, the Danish label purveys a mean colour palette above all. From the fiercest fire engine red to buttery ochre and the mellowest of greys, the hues in which Bree chooses for his bags truly becomes your own after use — the vegetable tanned leather reflects each owners' quirks by developing a one-of-a-kind patina. Also, PB 0110's sleek offering caters to women, men and children alike.
Know the label Sourced, designed and produced in the city of New York, Chiyome is perfect for those who adore a worthy provenance. Stitched from leathers that come from minority-owned businesses, their architectural bags are capable of more than just adding an edge to any outfit. They also represent opportunities for at-risk women in New York, through Chiyome's work programme launched in 2013 — just a year after the label was founded by designer Anna Lynett Moss who cut her teeth on fashion reality TV series, Project Runway.