byINABE was created in 2016 as an outlet for creativity. Attention to detail, textures, thoughtful designs and quality leather make up the bags that are handmade locally here in Toronto, Canada.
The designs are feminine, modern and organic. Soft lines combined with the natural textures of the leather encompass many of the bags we make. Designer Note: I am self-taught in leather-crafting and love learning about new and better techniques everyday. The goal is to create bags that are not only fashionable and functional but also long lasting and ethically made.
The leather is all locally sourced and monitored for quality and weight. It is important to note however that some scars and marks are normal and reflect the lives and stories of the animals it came from. We also do everything we can to use every part of our leather so none of it goes to waste. Designer note: I personally like leather with a soft buttery hand. Majority of our bags have a softer structure as a result. For structured bags I prefer vegetable tanned leather that is both durable and long lasting. Most of our bags are made from cow hide and is a by-product of the meat industry.
BYINABE is ultimately a self-reflection and journey. BE as in 'to be' or 'I am' and INA meaning inner. To leave the weight and burden behind and live a happier and healthier life. Key words for BYINABE include creativity, minimalism, strength, and lifestyle. Designer note: When I pick a bag to use personally, I want to carry the barest that I can. To not only clear the weight that I carry, but also have a clearer sense of what I am carrying. No matter how big or small, my bag essentials are a petite wallet, business cards, an ID, my cellphone, and a pen.
The Designer: Beverly
Beverly is a fashion designer passionate about socially conscious and ethical design, sourcing all materials and labor locally. She completed her degree for Fashion Design from Ryerson University in 2013. In 2017, Beverly started designing for BYINABE full time with a focus on making beautiful and unique one of a kind pieces.