While of course, we are huge fans of big designer brands – who doesn’t love a classic Dior, Chanel or Saint Laurent piece? – when it comes to handbags, but there’s also nothing quite like discovering a niche brand doing something different.

With that, EW has decided to round-up six handbag brands you may not know about, but should very much be on your radar.

Marie De La Roche


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Combining Italian and Portuguese Savoir-Faire, handbag brand Marie De La Roche is stylish yet timeless, with permanence being at the centre of their designs. Supporting heritage techniques from a third-generation family-owned factory, their structured handbags make a statement whilst also lasting the test of time.

Available exclusively in the UAE at Galeries Lafayette.

Kozha Numbers


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Inspired by art and architecture, the handbag designs by Kozha Numbers, a US-based brand, are simple yet striking. Keeping to a muted colour palette, glossy leather and distinct steel handles and rubber straps, the designs make a statement whilst also being suitable for an array of looks.

Available at kozhanumbers.com.

Manu Atelier


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Founded by sisters Merve and Beste Manastir whose father is one of Turkey’s oldest artisanal leather makers, Manu Atelier presents modern designs to women by also combining premium leather and bespoke and fine hand-craftmanship.

Available at Moda Operandi and manuatelier.com.



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Founded by Fatma Al-Otaiba, Dubai-based brand ODEEM was a vision she had in mind for 10 years. The luxury label which aims to focus on timeless leather goods. Combining tradition with eclecticism, the designs draw on different textures and details that are sure to turn heads. Find out more about the brand in our exclusive interview from EW‘s ‘Go Your Own Way Issue’ from April.

Available at odeem.ae. 



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Australian handbag brand X NIHILO is all about targeting the modern woman with their sophisticated designs. The brand was founded in 2016 by Jenny Hsieh, who has a passion for refined luxury.

Available at xnihilo.com.au.

Little Liffner


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“Exploring playful minimalism,” is the tagline of Stockholm-based brand Little Liffner. The stylish handbag brand combines Scandanavian functionality with Italian craftsmanship to create minimalist pieces.

Available at Moda Operandi and littleliffner.com.

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