Eleven – A Family Affair To Launch ILNI Handbags

On the 16th November 2019, 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 and vegan 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. 


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. 


DJ Jill Kleinjan


Fashion model Uncle Bobe (@unclebobe)


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