It was by imagining Ella Maillart carrying the bag dedicated to her that I designed the Ella.
The key words: Travel, Adventure and Freedom.
With this bag, I wanted to honour her greatest passion: sailing.
The round shape of the Ella, with its small metal eyelets decorated with wood, is reminiscent of the rivets on a ship's porthole. But the round shape also echoes the globe, the compass and the rudder. As for the handle, it represents for me the shape of a drop of water.
It was important to me to be completely free to move around when carrying this bag.
Imagine Ella hoisting a sail or steering her sailboat...
Her ideal bag should be cross-body and stay close to her body, yet be able to adjust to her outfit and never get in her way.
OK, we've never seen anyone sailing with a handbag... But if it were to be the case, it would be with this bag!
Its wide and adjustable shoulder strap allows an optimal comfort on the shoulder and adapts easily to any outfit. Whether you're wearing a heavy mackintosh or a thin shirt in summer.
You can also wear it in front of you or on your back for even more freedom.
Finally, Ella's hyperactivity is very much like the life of today's woman. Always running around and doing a thousand and one things.
And in order not to be slowed down, choosing the right bag size is essential.
As a traveller, I think the ideal is to carry only the essentials and to favour a small size (I'm not talking about a micro or nano bag, where you only put a 1€ coin). To carry larger items, you should choose a travel bag, which is more suitable and can better support the weight.
Oh, and I forgot one more detail...
When we arrived at the port after spending the whole day at sea, Ella would have surely appreciated to go out for a bite to eat with her friend Miette. The removable strap handle allows her to change her look to suit a more formal outfit.
The Ella bag quickly becomes a wardrobe essential. Both elegant and versatile, it is the perfect representation of the free and daring woman.