Much like Copenhagen, Georgia’s capital Tbilisi is on the rise with a hotbed of emerging fashion talent coming through thick and fast. Having already witnessed the success of George Keburia’s sunglasses designs, handbag brand 0711 Tbilisi – who borrow their native city’s historic charm – is the latest to gain traction on the global stage.

The design duo behind the brand, Nino Eliava and Ana Mokia, first entered the world of fashion after graduating university in 2012, but it wasn’t bags they were known for... it was beanies! In a bid to get the word out about their fledgeling e-commerce platform, MOREISLOVE, the Georgian natives sold hand-knitted accessories for years before debuting their woven handbags. 

Now, however, it’s their bags that steal the show. Among the designs are plexiglass and yarn styles – hailed for their innovative use of alternative materials and celebration of local Georgian artisans – of which more than 50 now work for the brand.

Ahead of their upcoming Resort 2020 collection, the brand has expanded its range once more – stepping away from their box-shape signatures to release soft leather and silk styles. Our pick of the bunch? The Nino Tote Bag – a nano sustainably-crafted style, complete with a pearl-strung handle that feels equal parts cute and classic. Let it join you as an elegant plus-one at dinner parties, but beware! This one might get all the attention...

Click here to preorder the Mini Nino Tote Bag.

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