"Fashions fade, style is eternal."
-Yves Saint Laurent
Like most good things, Brynn Capella began making bags in response to a personal need and desire.
Originally from Southern California, Brynn spent most of her free time hanging out in the coves of Laguna Beach. Since her style has always been a mix of beachy boho and classic vintage, she spent just as much time at the beach, as she did shopping the thrift stores.
Fast forward to college and late 20's, she spent years in San Diego and a few in LA working in the ups and downs of the music industry. It was in-between jobs and on a tight budget, when she started making simple boho style faux fur bags as gifts for friends and family. After a few years of honing her craft via home handbag parties all over California to Las Vegas, she moved to her parents hometown of Chicago.
Her fun colored fabric and faux fur bags didn’t quite go over as well in the Midwest. When she noticed a lack of multi-functional handbags that were also fashionable. Without a fashion or business degree, she decided it was time to design outside of her comfort zone. So she started to create a variety of styles for her friends with different lifestyle needs in mind.
Being a part of the production process has always been important to Brynn, since her mission is high quality American-made goods at affordable luxury pricing. From conception to fabrication, her line has been made exclusively in Chicago since 2009, consciously engaging in ethical manufacturing practice without compromising quality.
Brynn’s style philosophy is simple; less is more, so of course her handbags reflect that. All her designs continue to blend her laidback style with her minimalist fashion sense to create a line of crossbodies and clutches that are as bohemian as they are functional.
It's been 16 years now and Brynn has truly embraced a passion for the Chicago city life that has become a home to her as much as the California beaches she grew up on.
The Handbag’s Story
Brynn Capella Inc. started in 2009 as an affordable high quality handbag company. She continues to sell her bags at boutiques across the U.S. and on BrynnCapella.com. Her Italian leather handbags are designed and handcrafted in Chicago.
Her handbag styles effortlessly transition wardrobes from day-to-night and season-to-season for everyday life. She started with a functional downtown carry-all tote but it’s her very popular convertible cross-body bag, the Lauren, that has become her signature. No detail is left undone from stylish studs to contrast stitching to leathers that get better, softer and more personal with age.
Her handbags are made local to make it easier to maintain the highest customer service and standards for each bag. She creates for the boutique shopper and wants to design for her; a bag as unique and individual as she is, without the couture price tag. And like every true artist, each piece is signed...well almost; Brynn's very own signature is her logo that is embossed into each piece.