Ela Handbags

Tan M.I.L.C.K. clutch

Ela is a new Canadian handbag line that I’ve just been introduced to. I met co-founders Ela Kowalewska and Martin Aldorsson at Dark Horse cafe where I got a chance to chat and see the line in person.  I really liked what they had to show me.

MILCK clutch in purple suede

The basis of ela is the idea of humble luxury, where refined and sophisticated silhouettes strive to showcase, rather than upstage, the wearer. From subtle asymmetry to luxe hardware and leather, every design element is infused with a high level of craftsmanship, materials and a signature aesthetic.

The collection is small but focused. The handbags are on the minimal side of things but they all share the signature Ela leather closure. The leather is lovely and there are a few different finishes to choose from.  I like the pebbled leather the best.

Clutch in pink

The MILCK clutch is a big enough for a night out that includes a camera and smartphone. It comes in a variety of colours and finishes.

Leather tote with detachable shoulder strap

Asymmetrical tote in burgundy

There are also some tote bags. I like the more masculine of the two.

Lady bag in navy chalk and brown trim

My favourite bag of the collection is the called Lady Bag. It’s a great small bag that is kicking my Manon Mini Bag by Tila March wants to the curb.

lady bag in black

Check out this crazy fur MILCK clutch for Fall Winter 2011 – 2012.  Maybe we’ll see some fun adaptations for fall 2011.

ela MILCK clutch in black rabbit fur

Ela handbags are available in Toronto at four different locations. I just saw the in Chasse Gardee this weekend.

The Narwhal
8 Prince Street, Suite 101

rac Boutique
124 Cumberland Street

Chasse Gardée
1084 Queen Street West

La Merceria
506 Adelaide Street West

images: courtesy of Ela

By Anita Clarke

Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller and the founder of the fashion blog “I want – I got.” She was one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada.


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