Here at Grafea we love bags. We really do. We love music, vintage shops, blue skies, open sea, the ocean blue. We love camera bags, the perfect shot, capturing the moment.
The story begins when our founder Hari landed in the artistic hub of Manchester, England as an aspiring musician. In her spare time she hunted for vintage accessories and clothing, some thing she had always loved. One of her earliest memories is dressing up with her mother's vintage collection of bags. It was like a treasure hunt and one requires a discerning eye to see the special amid all the junk.
Gradually buying and selling vintage items became a full time job in itself. But she found herself wanting something more. To create something special rather than just search for that one thing in the jumbles of all the unwanted. One day she found herself admiring the style, quality and workmanship of a vintage satchel and wondering why they were only in flea markets and charity shops. Was it possible to create a beautiful leather bag, that someone else could appreciate in say 60 or 70 years time? So in 2005 Hari decided to take the plunge and start a leather satchel line herself.
Wanting to capture the individuality and uniqueness of artists every where, the brand was named Grafea after the Greek translation for writer. The Grafea logo embodies this artistic creativity and was designed to replicate an ancient scroll from history, the canvas for writers to carve their art. In 2005 Grafea was born and the mission to create high quality designer bags had commenced, blending British traditional high quality craftsmanship with the best full grain leather materials. The finest colours were sourced in rich caramel, antique brown, retro white and black which would become even more gorgeous with age.
The idea was to make something that would be beautiful and durable. The designs are infused with new enthusiasm for the effortless chic, cool elegance and timeless quality that the originals inspire. Grafea is proud to be part of the renaissance leather experience and we want to carry this forward with a nod to the future of high craftsmanship and lasting quality. What Grafea is now, and what it is growing into, has its roots in the market stalls of Manchester, in boxes of black and white photographs, estate jewelry, vinyl records and old leather trunks. It's future is a piece of something special in someones hands.
Several years later Grafea is sold across the world form Hollywood and Harrods to the Far East and Australia. We continue to make leather bags from the beautiful leather, influenced by a classic British Vintage style.