About the Brand
Esin Akan launched her eponymous London-based label in 2012 after forming a wealth of knowledge within the handbag and luxury leather goods; working at some of the world’s most reputable fashion houses including Burberry and Anya Hindmarch. Whilst at Burberry, Akan specialized in sourcing leather goods and handbags, developing strong links with the top leather manufacturers in Europe.
A graduate of Central Saint Martins and the London Business School, Akan founded her label after establishing a gap in the market for handbags that offered a stylish solution for busy working women. Esin has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 at London Business School.
Akan describes her design ambition as “helping busy women achieve their highest potential by looking stylish and confident in every situation; from the office to weekends with friends, nights out, and even the gym”. Akan creates bags that seamlessly transition from day to night, work to events and remain timeless.
Esin is inspired by independent women who like to live their life to the fullest and do not want to compromise on style. While the handbag shapes are influenced by Scandinavian minimalism and practicality, the leathers are inspired by her travels to Italy and France.
Awards and Accolades
In 2012, Akan was awarded ‘Top Business Opportunity’ by London Business School and selected as one of the five LBS incubators, enabling her to turn her concept into a real business. The brand was selected as a finalist for the Vogue Designer Fashion Fund award by British Fashion Council in 2013 and has also been sponsored by Deloitte Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Landor/WPP.
Esin Akan collection offers an exclusive range of luxury handbags designed for the modern woman. Playing on our fascination of combining versatile multi-functional elements with luxury craftsmanship and style we bring you our most distinguished collection to date.
Inspired by the busy lifestyle of independent, modern woman the new collection offers stylish handbags designed to be both elegant and highly functional; bags that help women effortlessly transition between the office, gym, evening events and even weekends away – helping women to ‘do it all
Crafted in Europe using the highest quality bespoke calf and exotic leathers our bags are built to be timeless. Focusing on our core values of high quality and sustainable style we have incorporated innovative design elements into each bag allowing them to be reborn or regenerated throughout the day, a new season and years to come…style and quality that lasts a lifetime.
Most of our key pieces have been designed in collaboration with Umran Aysan, graduate of Istituto Marangoni. She has been the smart woman behind our clever designs.
At the centre of the collection lies the hero ‘City Bag’, a versatile and stylish tote with a unique pocket front that detaches to become a separate clutch or shoulder bag. The ‘City Bag’ is three bags in one, with internal compartments for all business essentials, from smartphones to laptops; the perfect work accessory which allows you to effortlessly adapt your look from day to evening. A selection of over 20 different clutch designs in varied colours, leathers and textures allows you add a personal touch, mixing and matching to seamlessly adapt to different settings and seasons.
New styles including the 3-in-1 Mayfair bag which perfectly captures our versatile design ethos. Featuring an innovative leather overlay that can be positioned over the front or back of the bag to create three completely different looks; turning an elegant black shoulder bag into a flame red cross body in one simple move.
Additional new styles include Notting Hill-the ultimate bucket bag and Little Venice-the smart phone clutch; both designed to be used in multiple ways, to adapt to different settings, season and years.