When looking to purchase an investment handbag, everyone has their own personal preferences whether it’s silver or gold hardware, grainy or smooth leather, or monogrammed personalisation. And sometimes it’s hard to find something that ticks all your boxes.
That’s where Australian leather accessories brand Mon Purse comes in. Lana Hopkins, Mon Purse CEO and Founder, has introduced a first of its kind ‘design-your-own’ concept both online and in-store.
“From the customer side, the drive to be your own brand and an individual is propelling the customisation trend,” says Lana.
“From a retailer perspective, custom-design presents an ingenuous way to rectify the problem of holding inventory, making educated guesses, and getting caught up in the markdown and promotion cycle.
“We are no longer guessing what customers want, instead we allow them to tell us what it is they actually need — it’s a customer-centric mentality.”
Once you’ve chosen one of the six bag styles available to customise, the options are almost endless — from leather colour, texture, interior lining, premium hardware and monogramming finishes. You can either step through the process on their website monpurse.com or in one of their Myer concession stores on the roaming iPads with one of their knowledgeable staff members.
Once you’ve digitally designed your bag, your order will be whisked away to their European leather manufacturer to be tailor-made and then sent back to you within four weeks.
We met with Mon Purse Myer Adelaide store manager, Paulina, to design our very own Mon Purse bag. Once sussing out all of the options at their concession counter, we opted to go with the easy-wearing bucket bag — perfect to fit all your everyday essentials plus it comes fitted with a detachable pouch.
For the bucket bag style, Mon Purse have just introduced the option to go for a two-toned colour blocked look, and we couldn’t resist going for on-trend burgundy matched with black.
When choosing leather types, colours, hardware metals and monogramming fonts, it was very helpful being in the Myer concession space to see and touch tangible products and samples to make very important decisions! Gunmetal silver wouldn’t be a usual option for us, but seeing it in the flesh made it our hardware colour of choice. We added gunmetal monogramming both on the bag and inside pouch and all the metal features including the add on metal studs on the base for extra protection.
Now we just wait for our special order to arrive!