Celebrities and Fashion People Always Turn to this French Brand for Chic, Anti-Trend Handbags

Fashion people tend to fall into two camps: Those who have a Carrie Bradshaw-like obsession with shoes, and those (like me) who are devoted to handbags. Leather or raffia, micro or super-sized—I love them all. However, only a select few make my personal recommendations list. Elleme is one of those special brands. With backing from celebrities like Kelly Rutherford and Elsa Hosk along with a plethora of serious fashion names, Elleme is very much an in-the-know name that stylish people turn to for timeless handbags.

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Kelly Rutherford carries the Boomerang in Leather White/Silver Hardware (£469).

Founded in 2015, Elleme has consistently featured on the arms of stylish people, only to be recognised by those in the know. No, these aren’t bold, logo-emblazoned styles that distract with flashiness, but rather understated, beautifully designed bags without any bells and whistles, choosing instead to let the craftspersonship and unique construction do the talking. Having tapped into the appeal of "quiet luxury" long before many other brands, this is where Elleme shines.

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Ellie Delphine carries the Boomerang in Woven Leather Cognac (£495).

Each new addition to the brand's handbag family tree has an instantly recognisable shape and considered design. From adjustable straps to seamlessly embedded pockets, it's clear that the wearer is front of mind when these treasures are constructed. And whilst we can all agree an investment designer bag will go the mile, these sit at a more comfortable mid-range price point and are just as likely to be a lifelong companion as bags double (or triple) the price.

Taking influence from its French heritage, there's an effortlessness evident in all of Elleme's creations, which can be seen in their versatility—unlike bags in impractical sizes or bold shades, you'll notice these accessories accompanying stylish people for all kinds of occasions, from city strolls to beachside dinners. I could go on and on about each Elleme style, but the below five stand out to me in particular, and I think they deserve their moment in the spotlight.

Keep scrolling to explore the five Elleme bags that define anti-trend sophistication.


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Style Notes: Dressed up or dressed down, the Boomerang effortlessly adds a polished feel to any look. Featuring a metal handle and tote shape, there's a contemporary edge to this seriously practical bag. It also comes with a longer, detachable strap for various ways to wear.


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Style Notes: Finding the perfect shoulder bag can be hard, but the Papillon makes it look easy. Translating to "butterfly" in English, this bag features two symmetrical compartments and a thin strap, creating an elegant wear-everywhere piece.


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Style Notes: A long-standing Elleme icon, the Baozi has proven its timelessness over the years with its elegantly slouched shape, created by the clip closures. Thanks to the tote handle and detachable strap, it can be carried in hand or worn crossbody.


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Style Notes: With the Trousse, Elleme manages to retain a smart shape with a laid-back feel. The shape adjusts when worn and carried, with a double zip closure and adjustable strap length which allows the wearer to personalise the fit.

5. The Dimple

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Style Notes: Elsa Hosk takes off-duty chic seriously, completing her look with the classic Dimple bag (pictured above). Another hero style of the brand, the Dimple can be identified by its sleek pleating. Whilst the classic version remains a firm favourite, the Dimple has been through various reinterpretations, including the Moon and Pochette iterations, which are just as impressive.

Florrie Alexander
Acting Affiliates Editor

Florrie embarked on her fashion journey while studying French and History at university. Whilst studying in Aix-en-Provence, she began to write her dissertation on the history of fashion and the influence of Haute Couture, and landed her first role at Harper’s Bazaar. Following this, she interned for various publications including Elle, Grazia and Marie Claire before joining the fashion team at Conde Nast Traveller. There, she contributed to international photoshoots, styled pages and covers, and produced engaging digital content.

During a freelance period, Florrie honed her skills in editorial work in various digital and print publications including Vogue Italy and Departures magazine, as well as styling e-commerce photoshoots and personal shopping. Florrie actively pursues an in-depth understanding of fashion and jewellery, and after styling a jewellery cover shoot at Conde Nast Traveller chose to complete the De Beers Diamond Foundation course. Florrie first joined Who What Wear UK as a freelancer before becoming the Commerce Writer, blending both editorial and commercial content. Now, as the Acting Affiliates Editor, she monitors current trends, new-in styles, wardrobe heroes and how best to style them. In her downtime, Florrie can be found in her hometown of London, usually with a coffee in hand.