Anson Calder’s Handmade Leather Bags and Accessories

How tinkering with paper turned into a luxury brand with purpose

Minimalist leather goods (bags especially) are a dime a dozen, but Anson Calder‘s hand-crafted bags and accessories emphasize modularity and functionality, making them worth a second look. Much like sushi, which masks its need for good ingredients, technical skill and balance in what appears to be a simple dish of rice and fish, we’re impressed by the brand’s focus on practical solutions to everyday needs married …

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 …

Du Zen! Leather Bags

The Melbourne-based independent label releases products when they're inspired, rather than by season

Founded by former industrial and graphic designer Samantha Rogers (née Duzenman), Australian label Du Zen! handcrafts high-quality leather bags locally in Melbourne, some of which come in unusual but wearable colorways. The brand also ignores traditional industry seasons and releases products according to their own schedule. With a focus on deconstructed styles, super-simple shapes and lots of nude hues, the brand launched in 2015 after …