Opelle was founded in 2010 by designer Amy Malcolm out of her need to create a handbag that was simultaneously functional and aesthetically refined. The brand is conceptualized, crafted and produced in small batches in our Toronto studio. With an emphasis on function and authenticity, every Opelle bag is thoughtful, responsible and unique.
The collection has since grown to include our Permanent Collection - Opelle classics and staples that emphasize timelessness, and our Seasonal collection, released twice yearly which showcases new styles and seasonal colours.
Toronto-Native Amy Malcolm spent her formative years studying Art, finding Zen on the dance floor and hitch hiking across the country before turning her attention to leather when she was unable to find an authentic leather bag that suited her unconventional urban mores. Her multi-disciplinary background of formal and non-formal training in Sculpture, Industrial design, Textiles & Women’s Wear is complimented by self-taught skills and techniques. Amy maintains a close working relationship with each stage of Opelle’s creative process ensuring that each piece is a true reflection of her personal vision.
Beth Nicholson Crago is a Toronto based stylist and artist. Beth began her career, after completing her studies at McGill and F.I.T, on the design side working with top designers including Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Thakoon and most recently Wes Gordon. With over a decade of experience working in NYC fashion she has built her extensive knowledge and creative strength in brand building, creative direction and styling. She brings a unique perspective, trained eye and defined aesthetic to her work.
Each Opelle handbag is individually handcrafted in small batches in our Toronto atelier. We work with an evolving production system composed of a mix of traditional & original processes developed through experimentation. By keeping our production hands-on and in-house we are able to ensure that each piece is a specimen of perfect quality, created ethically and realized exactly as intended.
Opelle pieces are handcrafted exclusively from top-grain natural leathers. We source tanneries in Italy, Germany and Spain. Where ever possible we use leathers that are tanned using low-impact processes with a minimum of chemical processing. Skins are hand-chosen for softness & quality and hand-cut to maintain their individual character. Slight variations in texture, form and colour define the unique natural elegance inherent in each piece.