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 …

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 …