CH Omakase 2017: CMPLT UNKNWN Embroidered Scorpion Pouch

Rock'n'roll luxury meets sustainability with this striking accessory

NYC-based accessories brand CMPLT UNKNWN has long been positioned at the crossroad of luxury and sustainability. Employing highly skilled artisans in Lucknow and Calcutta, India, who hand-make each piece, the incredible detail in each release is strikingly impressive. More importantly, this work means that the ancient art of hand-embroidery is kept alive in a world that places more value in fast fashion. Not only does …

KARA’s Smaller Accessories, With a Twist

The cult backpack brand sizes down to miniature wallets with modern carabiners

For sporting no brand name or logo whatsoever, KARA backpacks are incredibly easy to spot in the wild—the thick, luxurious pebble grained leather, a single Riri zipper, the tiny square shape. It’s this brazenly minimalist look that’s launched the independent NYC brand into cult-dom. With the small backpack starting at $450, however, it’s a decidedly big investment. Thankfully, designer Sarah Law has now miniaturized their …

Olympia Le-Tan’s Japanese Book Clutches

Her SS16 collection—a tribute to Tokyo's Hotel Okura—embroiders Rashomon, Hokusai and Hello Kitty onto handbags

Paris-based, self-taught fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan has been creating covetable book-shaped clutches in small editions since 2009. Recreating everything from classics like Shakepeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” and William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” to cookbooks and the more obscure and vintage, each intricately embroidered evening bag celebrates craftsmanship and literature—and brings to mind a time not-too-far-ago when people actually carried books. Most recently, Olympia …

Tiff Manuell Bags and Clutches

One-of-a-kind accessories for self expression

Tiff Manuell is a South Australian artist, illustrator, and designer of her own line of accessories. After deciding to take two days off per week (from her other job—at commercial illustration art brand Happy House, which she also co-founded), she began designing various clutches, laptop bags, and handbags, along with other accessories such as necklaces and key rings. Although Manuell’s goal is to make each …

Phlo: Architectural Wooden Clutches

Beijing-based designer Vega Zaishi Wang collaborates with woodworker Christian Melz on unique purses

Central Saint Martins alum Vega Zaishi Wang is gaining reputation as one the brightest rising stars in the Chinese design world. In the last few years, the independent fashion designer has shaped fascinating creations that merge her time in the East and West, and she has shown she’s unafraid to get experimental. (As evidenced in her electroluminescent Alpha Lyrae collection, which featured glowing blue dresses …