Matt & Nat makes gorgeous, top quality, eco-friendly vegan handbags that are not just for vegans. It was so wonderful to chat with the company’s founder Inder Bedi a couple of weeks ago. Click to read or listen to our Matt and Nat interview.
I’m so excited to bring you this product review of the Ella, one of the most sleek and sophisticaed bags from their current Fall 2012 collection.
Matt and Nat vegan handbags come in a few different kinds of materials. There’s the Dwell which has a pebble grain type finish, Vintage which has a rustic feel to it and Japanese Paper which has this crinkled crepe paper look. In our interview Inder talked about how one of their big influences is architecture, especially minimalistic Japanese architecture. You can definitely see this inspiration at work.
What I love about the Japanese Paper style especially is that it’s light as a feather. If you’re like me and you carry a lot of sh.. uh, stuff around, this is a very good thing. This is one of the things that drew me to the Ella.
Matt & Nat Ella hobo or messenger, you decide
The metallic hardware gives this bag a lot of character and functionality. It’s like in the Karate Kid, latch on, latch off. Within seconds you can turn your Ella from a hobo to a messenger. Any bag that does double duty (especially when one way is a messenger) gets high marks in my book.
While the bag is black, since it’s the Japanese Paper style, it has a subtle shine and lots of texture so when the light hits it it highlights shades of grey for added dimension. I love how this bag just sits perfectly on the body as a messenger. Did I mention that I love a good messenger bag?
The extra large flap gives this bag a lot of character. The inside lining is made of recycled plastic water bottles, showing the earth some love. There’s also some recycled cork used on the inside slip pocket – perfect for your cell phone.
To keep your things contained and compartmentalized, you have two large zipper pockets, one on the interior and the other on the outside of the bag. There’s also a zipper underneath the flap for closure (something you may or may not get in other areas of your life, so it’s nice to have it with your handbag…I digress).
The brassy hardware and half zipper detail on the end of the flap make the Ella super cool.
The quality of all Matt & Nat bags is exceptional and I can personally attest to their durability and staying power as I have now five Matt & Nat bags. In fact, my first vegan handbag that I purchased was a Matt & Nat. I still have it and it looks as good as the day I got it.
A special thank you to Inder Bedi and the whole Matt and Nat team for providing me with this product to review and another for one of you to win in our upcoming giveaway. Stay tuned!