Are you a shoe person or a bag person? I am a bit of both, but I love a good quality bag that is classic, stylish and practical. A few years ago I discovered by chance this independent brand online, von Halzhausen, and I bought my first handheld handbag from their collection. The quality, the design and the price point is just simply perfect.

Launched in 2015, this Malibu-based accessories brand with a focus on design, sustainability, and quality of life offers a well-edited assortment of essential, easy to wear bags and accessories in timeless palettes, at prices that leave out the traditional retail mark–up. Vicki von Holzhausen, an award-winning designer began her career in the automotive industry, working for Audi and Mercedes–Benz in Europe. There she won numerous honours and saw many of her concepts come to life. After returning to her native Los Angeles, she created a brand combining her technical expertise with an ethical approach to consumerism in order to offer products that add value to the world.

The brand has a few designs, in multiple colours. Nothing from the brand screams “look at me I am an over-the-top designer product”. It’s precisely the subtle and minimal design that caught my attention in the first place. Versatile, light, and easy to wear, these bags are affordable investment pieces that can last for years. Often sold out, the brand is not one that follows the insane fashion calendar, trying to release a new product or design every month or so. If you are looking for a timeless leather bag that serves multiple purposes, this is a brand to watch.

What also intrigued me is the material they use. The leather bags I have from this brand is super soft and light, water and crack resistant- which is very hard to find in the market especially at this price point.  The brand uses technik–leather, a 100% animal free, intelligent material with science behind. It is meticulously designed to have the supple hand of traditional leather combined with the durability of an engineered performance fabric, making it a truly premium material. Made with the utmost concern for the environment and with care for the long-term impact on our present and future life, the manufacturing processes used to create it focuses on conservation of raw materials, toxic-free solutions, and a minimal dependency on natural resources. 99% of solvents used in processing our Technik–leather are recaptured and recycled. Talking about a brand that is truly sustainable, eco-friendly and producing great quality designs that actually appeals to customers.

The brand stays true to their core value, everything is made in the US at a fair price, leaving out the marked-up retail price most consumers are forced to pay. Looking after the environment as well as the community, the brand gives back to the society. They design for women, so they give back to women-centered charities. Working with different charity partners including Hope Gardens, located in the heart of Skid Row, the homeless center of Los Angeles, is one that focuses on helping women regain independence through long-term rehabilitation programs and support services.