Michelle Reine – Handbag Design Studio would like to give you an impression behind the scenes. Michelle strives for high quality products at an affordable price. One of the ways to achieve that is to continuously develop the craftsmanship and to understand the material. We only use hides of European origin (which are never exotic) that we buy at Dutch leather suppliers. Craftsmanship is Michelle’s number one factor. Making a handbag is an art form that is made with ambition and passion. Every step in the process gets individual attention to make the best handbag for you.
Where are the bags made?
Every handbag is handcrafted by Michelle Reine herself. She has a small atelier in The Hague, The Netherlands. Michelle’s vision is to make handbags of high quality in a traditional way. The real craftsmanship shows appreciation in the product and because they are handcrafted, it’s not possible to make huge quantities. This is the reason why Michelle doesn’t work seasonally.
The most important part of our bags is the leather itself. It contributes to high quality and expertise behind the handmade, artisan products.
Michelle works with different kinds of leather. Cow leather, calf leather and residual leather from big fashion brands. Michelle Reine – Handbag Design Studio only use hides of European origin. We use hides that derive from the food industry as a by-product of dairy and meat industries only. The cowhide and calf leather are mostly of Italian and Spanish origin. It complies with EU regulations, meeting the strict environmental guidelines in the industry for every aspect of the production process.
The Limited Edition bags are made of residual leather from a big fashion brands, like Prada, Hermès or Yves Saint Laurent. These pieces of leather are from older seasons or it is leather that is no longer used, leather that the industry rejects or damaged leather. The amount of leather decides how many bags Michelle could make. By using the leftovers she contributes to the prevention of waste and next to that, it is amazing leather with the best quality.
The Limited Edition is a bit more expensive because of the pieces leather from the big fashion brands. The square footage of the hides are always different and the difference in leather too. The Limited Editions are special, nobody else could have the same handbag.
The regular collection has colors and kinds of leather which are available all year round. The European hides comes from Dutch suppliers and the handbags are made with the highest quality leathers from these Dutch suppliers. It is possible to make plenty of bags and to reorder the hides and that’s why the prices are lower than the Limited Editions.
What makes a MICHELLE REINE bag so special?
Every single one of Michelle’s bags is handcrafted in her atelier. The process needs patience, focus and a lot of positive energy. The craftsmanship is the key to a product that everybody appreciates.
Good quality bags! Michelle Reine – Handbag Design Studio designs leather bags that could be worn a lot and to be loved!
The designs of Michelle are timeless and the eye catcher to your outfit!
In the backyard
A photo session with Emma. April, 2021.
Secrets beneath the waves
Secrets beneath the waves, August, 2020.
Visual Designer: Rosa Smit