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Behind the Brands

We welcome a refreshing look to the new season with a style influx from some of our favourite names.  Today we highlight our accessories edit with three new bags and the vision behind the brands.


Pioneers of stylish sustainability, Sebastien Kopp and Francois-Ghislain Morillion continue to champion their original, cutting-edge vision with the latest collection of Veja accessories.  This innovative pair has been responsible for bringing cultural change to the forefront of design since 2004 with their simple designs and tempting colour palettes.  By working with small organic farming families in Brazil, practicing fair trade principles and using only vegetable tanned leathers, Veja are making big moves in crafting fashion with a conscience and we can all tap into that satisfying way to shop.

Veja Cabas Tote Bag, £150


The Cabas tote is a favourite from last season and the latest designs don’t disappoint.  The primary colours have an earthy appeal but the contrasting purses add a freshness that is often missing in Autumn.  Whilst not strictly ‘bags’, we can’t talk about Veja without highlighting the bold collection of purses, card holders and wallets, check them out here.


Simple and honest, the origins of Sandqvist are refreshingly rudimentary with Anton Sandqvist crafting his first bag on an old sewing machine in 2004.  Soon to be joined by brother Daniel, and childhood friend Sebastien, the trio set about creating a vision for beautiful, everyday accessories.  Less than 10 years later and they have become one of the most sought-after contemporary accessory brands.

Sandqvist Reporter Bag, £265


Inspired by the mountains and lakes in the Nordic landscape, collections have a signature minimalism; uncomplicated design combined with immaculate presentation.  A new addition to The Conran Shop, Sandqvist’s Reporter satchel is a versatile shoulder bag /briefcase hybrid with both handles and an adjustable strap.  Made from thick, vegetable tanned leather with a removable white cotton canvas laptop sleeve, it’s the sort of one-size-fits-all bag that everyone should own.


When it comes to the world of design, the words ‘durable’ and ‘functional’ rarely suggest a hotbed of creativity.  However when you are talking about the work of twin brothers Dexter and Byron Peart, they have never sounded so right.  Founded in Montreal in 2006, Wants Les Essentials de la Vie was born from the understanding that travel accessories are a part of everyday life and that minimalist style can be masterful in its own right.  Influenced by mid-century design and architecture, the collections combine timeless sentiments with cutting-edge clarity.

The O’Hare Tote has a universal appeal; an androgynous style that is the perfect partner for those who like generosity in a bag.  Roomy, flexible, expertly crafted, the entire Wants Les Essentials de la Vie collection is reassuringly lacking in seasonal ‘fashionability’, favouring endurance and everyday sensibility.