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Article: Handbags and Wallets Inspired by Greek Architecture

Lee Coren | Handmade bags and wallets inspired by Greek architecture

Handbags and Wallets Inspired by Greek Architecture

“It takes a lifetime to discover Greece, but it only takes an instant to fall in love with her.”

— Henry Miller

Lee Coren | Vegan bags and wallets inspired by world travel

A few years back we traveled to Greece to get married. 10 days. short and sweet. Through a stroll through the alleys of ancient Athens, the streets of the new city, a road trip from town to town across Crete and an unforgettable ride through the fog of the White Mountain, I was filled with inspiration. About a year later, that inspiration matured into a complete collection of women's bags - backpacks, crossbody bags, evening bags, clutches and wallets. Vegan, of course.

From the old city of Athens, through the vibrant nightlife, hair flowing in the wind on stormy shores of late winter, the picturesque islands and the misty mountains, inspiration was everywhere. Through my camera lens I collected landscapes, buildings, textiles, elements such as gate bars, mailboxes and door handles. 

I've deconstructed these images and reassembled them into fresh, original prints,  that in turn would return to the world as hand screen printed women's handbags, backpacks and wallets.

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Elegant bags inspired by Athens

My Arches print was inspired by the new Athens architecture, with touches of the Old City. The result is reminiscent of Art Deco with its refined lines. The Arches print adorns the Dulce Bags, elegant evening bags with a fun festive touch, ready to go out to a bar in the Gazi district, or to a restaurant on the terrace in the heart of Plaka, the old neighborhood beneath the Acropolis. You can also find the minimal print on our Everything Crossbody and Clutch, that arrives with an adjustable shoulder strap that can be removed, turning it from a day bag into an evening clutch.

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Modern bags inspired by Crete

My abstract Crete design was inspired by fluttering curtains in the windows of the houses of the town of Chania, an ancient Venetian port city in Crete. The old part of the town lies among its narrow alleys cafes, bars and restaurants, artists' studios and shops, all in a rich history envelope. The picturesque town inspired the print that adorns the Minimal Wallet, a compact yet full of presence object, and of course, the Metropolitan Backpacks, women's bags for all your everyday work and errands, and the Box Crossbody Bag, that will be perfect for a quick stop at the cafe on the harbor boardwalk, of course.

Lee Coren | Women handbags inspired by the island of Crete
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I invite you to fall in love with me with the prints, shapes and the soft textures that assemble my Greece inspired women's handbags, backpacks and wallets collection.

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