Officially, the Barbara Bonner line was conceived in Ibiza in 2008 however the brand’s heritage harks back to the designer’s university days in Italy. Born with a knack for creating things with her hands, Barbara loved the luxurious leather handbags that high-end fashion designers were becoming famous for, however as a student, her budget didn’t allow such indulgences. Instead, she found factories selling buttery soft leather offcuts and she would make her own beautiful bags, quickly becoming the envy of all her friends.
The story of Barbara’s signature fringing is an homage to her mother – a woman Barbara describes as embodying classic 1970s style. As a little girl, she loved seeing her mother dress up – her wardrobe full of fringed pieces that the young Barbara would covet. Later on, this childhood fascination made its way into her handbag designs. As the new bohemian trend was on the rise in the fashion world, she became known as ‘the queen of the fringe’.
Today, Barbara takes inspiration from her nomadic lifestyle for her ultra-luxe handbag and clothing collections. Always on the move, she finds herself drawn to creative and artistic people, empowered women and anyone with a unique sense of style. The faces and the many places to which she travels influence her design aesthetic, which is constantly evolving – as Barbara herself does too – with every new twist and turn of life, yet remaining true to its high glamour, bohemian core.
Barbara Bonner bags are not seasonal. They are not fast fashion, designed to be ditched at the end of each new year. Each bag is lovingly crafted with the wearer in mind, designed to be a lifelong investment and a timeless creation that transcends trends. Where you go, your BB bag goes – a match made in heaven.