Our Story


Vintage aesthetics paired with modern utilitarian features - Elyse & i is a study in contrasts. Bags and accessories are crafted with the meticulous and detailed eye of an artisan. The brand's signature leather knots and intricate patterned leatherwork are sculptural yet playful – every bag has a story behind its design and appeal to those who seek meaning behind beauty.

Founded in 2005, the award-winning British label, founded by Emily Cheetham, is cherished by the press, style doyennes and stores the world over with its accessible approach to luxury. Each piece is thoughtfully designed for the moods and needs of the Elyse & i woman – who opts for practicality over ornamental, without ever compromising style and a sense of wanderlust.

Emily’s considered approach and respect for the materials used is key to every piece in the collection. Form follows function in each Elyse & i bag, which are designed to transcend the seasons. With a focus on leather techniques such as hand-stitching, appliqué, patterning, piping, layering, even digital printing; the relief texture and tactile nature prominently feature in each atelier piece. The little details such as adjustable straps, detachable fringes, hidden pockets and magnetic closures blend seamlessly in every bag and accessory. What started as a mother’s sewing craft being passed down to her daughter, has evolved from a kitchen table enterprise to a 10-year old brand with global stockists and accolades. With the birth of Elyse, Emily’s daughter and the label’s namesake, the brand will only continue its tradition by pouring the same amount of love and dedication into each design as that very first bag. Amongst the many achievements of this independent bag brand, Elyse & i adds Best Accessory awards and nominations in London and New York; international press; collaborations with artists like Canadian Claire Desjardins; and capsule collections with UK high street heavyweights and corporates (HOBBs, Debenhams, Procter & Gamble). Elyse & i has adorned the arms of celebrities and actresses, as well as lining the shelves of global stores and boutiques including Anthropologie, Galeries Lafayette, Axara Paris, HP France, United Arrows and Tara Jarmon.