about

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

Welcome!

xoElke

17 comments on “about

  1. Chris Jorgensen on said:

    What a privilege for me as your Mom to see your blog for the very first time, on Mother’s Day of all days! Elke, I can say with almost complete objectivity (!) that this is so “you” — such a personal introduction to who you are and what you love. I took that photo of you at our library table years ago; even then, you exhibited a talent for design, for gentle humor and wit in life and art. I look forward to following your blog every week and savoring all that unfolds from y our creative mind, heart and hands. Dad and I both pray God’s richest blessings upon you every step of your way!

  2. nina weber on said:

    Elke that is very exiting and i hope to see more from your new project soon.
    Can’t wait…..

  3. Robin Reid Hunt on said:

    Hi Elke!
    What a fun idea! It will be great to see what you are up to half way across the country!!
    …and Happy Mother’s Day to you too! Motherhood is what brought us together!
    xo
    R

  4. Miki BM on said:

    Hi Elke!

    This is a very cool website!!! Thanks for inviting me! …so, are you planning to add any new links or projects, or something? …what are you planning to do with this page that you created? I love your backround!! Did you create it?
    Well, hope to hear from you soon!
    Miki BM

  5. Alda Baldursdottir on said:

    Dear Elke

    Finally, finally, finally am I going to see your products :D What an exciting way to do that. I will most certainly send this website around tomorrow. I wish you all the best, “so you”, like your mom said. Love the backgrounds :D

    Go Elke!

    Love, Alda.

  6. Kristin on said:

    Oooh Elke, My mouth is watering! Love this! Can not wait to see your creations. I love the photos of your mom w/ you, Kyle and Arnie. Such beautiful pictures. Dang I wish we lived closer to you all…
    Happy Mother’s Day!!!
    xo
    Kristin

  7. Christina on said:

    So love that you are sharing your life and projects. I look forward to seeing what you are up to in Colorado. Please post pics of those awesome pillows you mentioned to me, i’d love to see them too.
    Wish you were still making the skirts, I’d buy a few for summer!
    Love the start of by Elke…it’s wonderful! Happy Mothers Day a bit belated!
    XOXO
    Christina

  8. 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.
    xo
    april

    ps – need any fabric?

  9. Jill on said:

    Elke, So happy that you are sharing your huge creative spirit with so many people! You are a great inspiration. Can’t wait to see all of your fun ideas come to life!
    Jill

  10. Kris Sustronk on said:

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

  11. Carol on said:

    Elke,
    LOVE LOVE your blog page! I especially love the photos of your mom and you kids, Kyle looks mad! Can’t wait to check in and see what you have up next.
    xoxo Carol

  12. emily on said:

    Elke,
    Talk about inspiring! You did it and I am so very proud of you.
    Your blog is absolutely beautiful and I can’t to be inspired weekly by your creations!
    Here’s to you!
    Emily

  13. sarah benavides on said:

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

  14. Cindy on said:

    Elke~
    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
    http://www.cindyroehrich.blogspot.com
    http://www.crdesigngallery.etsy.com
    http://www.buckleupbabe.etsy.com

  15. 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,
      elke

  16. 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,
    Candee

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