Eleven – A Family Affair To Launch ILNI Handbags

On the 16th November, we launched our bags with an exhibition of 11 bag designs in cooperation with 11 photographs from Patrick Carbin, Minemice. This launch was a family affair with Carmela, ILNI’s founder sharing the limelight with her brother Patrick and his photography. 

In a fantastic space, The Mood, on the historic Koninginnegracht in the Hague, eleven designs of ILNI bags were displayed along with eleven photographs; 11 designs and 11 impressions. The effect was magical with guests mingling and sharing stories while viewing the photographs and trying the ILNI bags.

Delicious vegetarian snack platters and drinks were supplied by Room2Meet. A canopy of floral hoops hovered above the crowd artfully created by flower artist Gerwin Van Den Boogaard. DJ Jill Kleinjan, provided super chilled world music sounds to compliment the artistic intersections and two speakers, Jeffrey Grüne and Arnoud Bakhuizen, shared their vision on the theme Connect – Share – Grow. Our official photographer for the event was Anouk Kulaleen 

The event was a splendid intersection of art, design and inspiration brought together in this family affair. These eleven handbags, all made of leather-free materials highlighted the ILNI philosophy of elegance and compassion. These cruelty-free handbags prove that elegance is more than appearance and is a reflection of inner beauty, or as Carmela explains her motto is; in a world where we can be anything, let’s be elegant and kind. These handbags show what can be created with the combination of luxury and compassion. 


fashion model Uncle Bobe (@unclebobe)

Patrick Carbin AKA Minemice, is a freelance 3D artist, musician and photographer as well as the younger brother of Carmela. He has exhibited in galleries in Russia and internationally via Thought-landscape. This was his first exhibition in the Netherlands. Patrick’s photographs intertwine the nature of tranquil landscapes with urbanization in a quirky style that shows the human touch on the scene but without it being personal. 

The event was a huge success, and we are now excited to have officially launched the ILNI brand formally. 

July 2018, – But Wait, There Is More.. Our New Line

We have been working on some ideas for a new bag line the last couple of weeks. The new collection will be made of Faux Fur. As with our faux leather bags, this new line will include three different sizes and will be completely different from our first collection.

The perfect faux fur for our next collection was found a few months ago when we saw the material hanging in the meeting room of our, now, second Italian supplier. We had been meeting with two ladies from the supplier in their showroom, and while they were both out of the room gathering samples of faux leather, we browsed the three clothing racks, against the walls. All were chock full with patches of faux feather, embroidered fringing, wearable macramé, cotton, linen….AND Faux Furs which we instantly fell in love with. Each piece was labelled: Made in Italy. We were sold. We instantly knew we had to design bags with this fabulous faux fur fabric.

Our excitement and drive to get the ball rolling quickly on our new line hit a uniquely Italian snag, Ferragosto! Otherwise known as the holiday season, Ferragosto is one of the most important religious holidays in Italy and it is the time when the whole of Italy seems to close up and head to the beaches or mountains. Everyone is in holiday mode and no one is working. Not a bad thing, except when you have a brilliant new line of bags that you are dying to get started on!

Instead, we filled our schedule with media-agency meetings, mentor talks and the best of all; planning dinner evenings with family and friends!

Alla prossima – Until Next Time