Sometimes we find ourselves caught between the old and the new. We use technology every day, to communicate, to work, often our lives revolve around it. We also admire the past, so many beautiful and meaningful things, overlooked, almost forgotten. Fading away because of the speed of the modern world.

Sure, the ability to get messages across to others quickly can be very convenient and helpful at times, but can online communication really compete with a personal touch?

It was a discussion about hand written letters that we found ourselves becoming rather melancholic. We reminisced about receiving Granny’s letters, opening that envelope and the feeling of excitement, seeing how many lined pages you had received. Pages full of intriguing tales and exciting news. You felt special. You were special. Someone had dedicated their time writing to you. They singled you out, with nothing expected in return. These pieces of paper become part of our journey. They’re more than just fleeting words. Their significance withstands the tests of time and are a permanent reminder of love and care.

Throughout history, envelopes have made and broken livelihoods, turned enemies into friends, and helped fan or quell the flames of war. Before emoji’s or even the typewriter existed, the persuasive skill of the writer was the only viable tool to deliver a message.

We shared personal stories of the most special letters we received in our youth, well a few of us older folk did at least, and it inspired us to create a new bag. We find the best designs come when they have a background, a story and represent something that is important to us.

So, the Elyse was born. A compact handbag reminiscent of an envelope. Thin, with a rounded flap like an envelope and a front brass clip inspired by a traditional wax seal. It sits close to the body and flexes and adjusts as you move, yet is also surprisingly spacious.

We look at the finished Elyse now and still smile about the conversations we had. We even dug out some old letters, some still with their original envelopes, those ones you hide in a box as a keep sake of an event or person whose memory you cherish.

The first model sits alongside these old letters in the corner of the office. We like to think that the bag is our way of showing our long overdue gratitude to those who spent their valuable time writing to us years ago. We have all begun writing letters again, just a few, short ones even, now appreciating the joy it can bring to others.

It’s true, there is no use denying that modern communication is efficient but does it reach something inside of us the way that handwritten letters do?