Bags that Work for You
Hi, I'm Erica Harel and I have a question for you: How many bags will you have to buy before you find the “right” one? The one that not only looks great, but also has those essential features that make you feel it was designed exclusively for you?
Over the years, I have bought countless bags that sort of suited the ‘need of the day,’ only to give them away by the end of the day because they either didn’t deliver enough functionality or enough chic.
Then, a few years ago, I had that proverbial “Aha!” moment. I understood that if I wanted a bag to suit my requirements, I’d simply have to design one myself. Of course, it would be a backpack … my favorite type of bag.
My design inspiration for the Downtown Backpack was the challenge of combining the chic trendiness of couture bags with the “ready for anything” efficiency of trekker backpacks. While I wanted the stylishness of the first, I wasn’t willing to sacrifice the functionality of the latter.
Within one year, I began producing other silhouettes – bucket bags, shoulder bags, totes, and clutches – all designed according to my perception of what a good bag should be: one that doesn’t sacrifice functionality for the ‘look,’ or vice versa. To my way of thinking, a bag that only looks good is only half good.
The Beauty of Social Responsibility
Erica Harel bags and accessories are masterfully hand-crafted in Jaffa and Hebron by Israelis and Palestinians – Jews, Moslems, and Christians – who combine their artistry to create beautiful products in an environment of teamwork and mutual respect.
“A good bag is one that suits your style. A great bag is one that suits your lifestyle.” Erica Harel