by elke specializes in making one-of-a-kind or small-run handmade leather bags and accessories. We like to incorporate a story into each bag that makes it unique and is a big part of the attraction and attachment for our customers. Whether its repurposing World War II leather suspenders and horse bridles for straps or creating bags from antique fabrics and vintage military packs, each piece is made one-at-a-time with attention to the smallest details.

Having a small creative studio allows us to keep evolving with the times and the season so the line always looks fresh and contemporary while keeping the main thread of the story very classic. You never know what materials you may find that will dictate a look and lead you in a whole different direction. It’s the “not knowing” that keeps it fun and challenging



7 comments on “about

  1. april on said:

    So excited to see your workroom from afar. You are a true inspiration and talent as a mother and friend and I look forward to following your creations.

    ps – need any fabric?

  2. Kris Sustronk on said:

    You are making it happen! Fantastic! You’ll keep us guessing as to what we get to see next! Can’t wait.
    xo Kris

  3. sarah benavides on said:

    what a beautiful website shame we don’t get to see your lovely face just glossy hair and bunchies.
    Looks great good luck

  4. Cindy on said:

    Hi, stopped by to visit your blog on my friend Jill’s recommendation. It is so beautiful, LOVE your artwork and recipes. I have a blog myself and love it. Sometimes I am very active, other times not so much. You meet so many great people out here in blogland! I will check back often!
    xo Cindy

  5. It was lovely to meet you yesterday at the Boulder Fall Fest.
    Your work is beautiful and evokes a feeling of a time gone by–simply wonderful.
    I am still interested in a zippered leather pouch for my Macbook Air 11″.
    As you have time, let me know pricing of something like that.

    All the best,
    Jason Law

    • Dear Jason, So glad you like the bags- you wanted white? Let me know what color your thinking of & I’ll see what I can do as I mainly work with scraps. I’m taking a couple of days off to get organized but will be back in the office on Wednesday to sort out future projects. I can probably have one to you by end of next week- Let me know & we can start working out the details.
      all the best,

  6. candeelyons on said:

    Hi Elke,
    I just found your site and LOVE it! I am also a New Yorker, now living in Tennessee! I have been making beaded jewelry for years and now my daughter has finally taken an interest in jewelry making. I am so thrilled about this. She is 31 and has Cerebral Palsy and soooo needs a hobby. Do you sell the leather with all the holes in it? She has been sewing little beads onto leather in a pattern and the leather cuffs from the big craft stores are flimsy. A thicker leather would make it easier for her but it needs to have the long lines of holes. Thanks,

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