We hand make leather bags in Italy. We use classic silhouettes, traditional artisanal techniques and the finest Italian leather.
AND WE DO IT SPECIFICALLY FOR THE SMART, MODERN WOMAN
Frustrated by her inability to find a well priced, chic, minimal and elegant leather bag for under $300, Monica travelled to her grandparent's native Italy on a mission to make her own and bring them back to Australia for her friends and colleagues...
This week I am thrilled to bring you my conversation with the delightful Eleanor Pendleton, who I first met when I was working in Public Relations for a luxury beauty brand and she was a beauty editor for a high end fashion magazine.
Eleanor is smart, insightful and curious and in 2013 identified two key things:
- Print media circulation and readership was dwindling with the rise of online platforms and social media
- No platform or publication was speaking to Australian women exclusively about the very best in beauty.
Taking those two insights, in 2014 she launched GRITTY PRETTY - the first and only beauty dedicated online interactive virtual magazine.
Through GRITTY PRETTY, Eleanor was able to bring content to the place women were spending most of their time - online - and provide them with interviews, images, insights and information (and all the things we love from traditional print magazines) all revolving around her (and so many other women’s) passion - beauty.
GRITTY PRETTY features interviews with Aussie and International trend makers and ground breakers, and provides intelligent insights around and interesting information about the growing developments in skincare, beauty and self care, as well as my personal favourite, a very trusty “Little Black Book” of the best beauty service providers across Australia.
But never content with the status quo, Eleanor evolved the unique business further, turning GRITTY PRETTY into an online store, where she now features a shop of "Eleanor approved" beauty products, where you can purchase the very best in beauty, in a seamless and easy online shopping experience, confident in the knowledge your purchase has been vetted and endorsed by Eleanor and her team.
Amongst all of this Eleanor is an influencer, brand ambassador, journalist, editor content creator, friend, mother, daughter and honestly just a sheer delight. I hope you enjoy our chat about bags, business, beauty, style, stress, motherhood, mental health and so much more. Enjoy!
While it’s impossible to describe any woman in one sentence, this is particularly true of the multifaceted and multitalented Leigh Campbell. But for the benefit of those who don’t know her, if we were to try, it might sound like this:
Ex-Cosmopolitan Beauty Director, Ex-Huffington Post Head of Lifestyle, Mamamia Executive Editor, Writer, Podcast Host (You Beauty, Get Me Pregnant & This Glorious Mess) mother (to beautiful baby boy Alexander and to her precious cat and constant companion Cookie), daughter, wife, friend, advisor, beauty expert (and oracle on all things skin and makeup), beauty influencer and SNACK-fluencer (more on this to come)….
Sydney’s PR Queen, Montarna launched her own Fashion PR + Communications agency “The Audience Agency” at the tender age of 23 and has represented some of Australia’s most stylish brands. A business owner, influencer and new Mum, Montarna manages to juggle multiple projects and responsibilities, support her team and grow her business, all whilst sporting a smile on her face, a wave in her hair and a chic blazer or lounge wear ensemble that would make a fashion editor jealous. Montarna is hard working, friendly and generous and we couldn’t wait to find out her favourite bag, beauty and business tips.
I have been looking for a convertible backpack that looks as amazing as a bag and works as a backpack. So great I bought a black one as well
Thank you so much. The bag is even better than I imagined. Such great quality. Thanks so much
Customer service is best level. tan Bella had to go back due to a fault in the liner, some glue from manufacture. Sent back at their expense . Preorders a Black Bella as this convertible bag is the best I’ve ever owned. Both the Black and the placement Tan I was even given the bonus bag. I don’t ever remember being so excited to receive a parcel. Thank Monica and your staff. Your bags really are as great as people say.
I love the simplicity but stylish bag that fits exactly what I need
Love love my Louisa beige bag. Beautiful quality leather and wonderful delivery service. Just loved opening my beautiful Vestirsi black box to reveal my gorgeous new bag. Thank you ❤️
I absolutely love my bags! Great quality, pure perfection
Thank you so much
I’d been on the hunt for a backpack for two years, searching in Canada (where I live), New Zealand (where I’m from), California and New York (where I’d travelled to), to no avail. Until — after listening to a podcast about Vestirsi and heading over to their website — I found the backpack of my dreams. And, the fact that it has an alter ego, converting to a classic handbag when the situation calls for such an accessory... is genius.
I was so excited to learn that these bags existed and it has not disappointed. I love the shape, it’s beautifully made, and it’s so easy to switch it between being a backpack and being a tote. I feel so stylish wearing it!
This bag is awesome, amazing quality and so practical. Not only does it fit everything you need but importantly very comfortable to wear. This is a wardrobe staple that everyone needs.
Love my new light tan Bella, can go from workplace to the gym. Love the 2 ways to wear the straps. Becoming a Vestirsi convert. Thanks Monica and design team.
This bag is stylish and functional. Would recommend, the packaging is nice and the card from Monica was a nice touch.
I love this bag.It’s sturdy and beautiful.The colour is gorgeous and it holds everything but feels strong enough for the job.I carry my whole life in my bag so it’s quite a big job.The leather is soft and supple.I am very happy with Jillian.I think we’ll get along great.
Received my gorgeous Phoebe last week - it was glorious opening up the package and smelling the beautiful leather. Lovely, lovely bag. Would love a metallic option and maybe a classic open tote shape. Will definitely purchase more in the future. Exceptional value.
Simple design, gorgeous leather, absolutely divine. LOVE.
Just when I thought my OG Claire couldn't get any better....the new colour way is the perfect addition for the warmer months. The practicality of the Claire which I adore, in a new, summery hue. The perfect duo for all year round.