Our story

We make non-seasonal, minimalist bags and jewelry for modern day life. Founded in Antwerp (BE) in 2017, NONA is a brand by Anona van der Linde. Our atelier is currently based in Rotterdam (NL).

 

 

'I like it when a bag becomes an extension of my body - as if it’s part of me. That’s why I prefer a no-fuss design, just some nice details and beautiful raw leather. A bag should blend in with the rest of you, and it should be as comfortable to wear as a piece of clothing.'

The brand originated with the need for simple, good quality, no-fuss leather bags. We didn't like all the screaming logos, or over the top decorations or finishings; we just wanted some beautiful leather and a simple design. 

By starting this brand, we decided to devote our time to creating bags that are comfortable to wear; bags that are subtle and modest and that you will love for a long time to come. Our bags are consciously designed as a blank canvas, to be styled with practically anything. Over the years, as we grow, we learn more and more and we try to come to the essence of what a timeless, comfortable bag means to us and our clients. Our collection slowly evolves as we always try to improve our previous designs.

Our design process happens very organically; and in this process we try to listen to our customers needs and get them involved. We don't do seasonal collections, because we want to avoid overproduction and because we strongly believe in a timeless design. A design that will stand the test of time. 

We're continuously working on an evolving core collection of modern-day bags. Over time, these bags will be released in new, small quantity colors. New designs will be added to our core collection and old designs will be archived. Every once in a while we offer new limited edition colors; these bags are all handcrafted in our own atelier.  

Slow fashion 

We choose to work non-seasonal and only produce our bags in small quantities. We want to offer a handcrafted, good quality item - at a fair price. We feel that it’s very important and necessary for everybody to take responsibility towards a sustainable future and think about what you buy, how much you buy, where it comes from and how it’s been made. 

Working ethically is something that is on the top of our minds. We started out making all the bags in our own atelier in Antwerp; on a made to order basis. This way, we only made what was necessary and we didn't have any leftover stock. We still produce a lot of made to order/custom items in our own atelier and it's something we really love to do, because it makes the whole process so much more personal and unique. All limited edition pieces that are available in the shop, are made in our own atelier. 

Because the brand was growing we needed to outsource some of our production. We've teamed up with a small production company in Barcelona, Spain that we met through our leather supplier. They now produce all the bags in our core collection. Every single one of these bags is handcrafted in a small scale atelier, under good working conditions. We chose to settle our production in Spain, because they have a rich history in leather craft. The leather we use for our bags is also sourced in Spain. This way we can minimize transportation costs and we keep all our material sourcing and production within Europe. 

Because we create timeless items, we don't do a big sale at the end of each season. Sometimes we do a flash sale or end of summer sale on our IG Stories to offer items that will be archived at a lower price, so we can make room for new items or new color ranges. Keep an eye on our Instagram (stories) or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about any special offers. 

We don’t want any of our leather and other materials to go to waste. We try to be very conscious about this and only buy and use what is necessary. We personally prepare and pack all our items in eco-friendly paper and carton - no plastic. For packing our shipments, we also re-use paper that was used in the shipments that came from our manufacturer. It would be great if you could also recycle the paper and carton that was used for your shipment!

 

Our collection

Get to know our collection! We offer a core collection of timeless, non-seasonal bags that are here to stay. These bags are re-stocked throughout the seasons. These are mainly our bestseller items in neutral colors (for instance the Fanny Pack Black, the Box Bag Cream). All bags from our core collection are manufactured in Barcelona, Spain. These bags are made from leather that is sourced in Spain and cotton canvas that is sourced in France. 

Next to our core collection we offer limited edition bags. These bags are made in our own atelier in Holland. Our limited editions are made from small pieces of leather that are sourced in local leather shops. Because these bags are made from small (one of a kind or dead stock) pieces of leather, there are only limited quantities available and they can't always be re-stocked when sold out. If you have your eye on one of our sold out limited edition colors; you can reach out to us (info@nonahandbags.com) for a custom request and we can see if we can buy more of this particular leather.

Some of our limited edition bags are now available to order in our shop as made to order items. This means the bag will be produced after placing your order. 

Jewelry

We’re proud to announce that we have expanded NONA with handcrafted silver jewelry! Together with my sister, Ninian van der Linde, who's a professional goldsmith and who makes the pieces, we've created a collection of statement ear pieces.

We wanted to create a range of minimalist, timeless items. The pieces can be worn individually, as a pair, or mixed and matched - whatever you prefer. Clean and elegant but with a bold edge. Starting point for our designs were the same geometrical shapes that we have been using for the designs of our bags. Rectangular, circular and triangular shapes and lines.

All pieces will be made to order in our own studio in Holland. We have most items in stock, if we don't, you're jewelry will be made to order, please allow 7-10 production time. 

All our jewelry comes with a handmade leather jewelry bag. We make these little bags ourselves from leftover scraps of leather from our bag production. The jewelry bags come in different colors and will be given randomly with each order - if you prefer to receive a certain color that you've seen in our stories or posts; please send us an email with your preference! 

 

 

We hope that when you buy a NONA item, you've made a mindful decision. You know that the product has been made with love and care. 

For questions about our brand: we will be happy to answer them! Feel free to contact us: info@nonahandbags.com

 

Much love!
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NONA