Magnificent Missibaba

I would LOVE to own a designer handbag – preferably leather with a long strap (hint, hint). Anything that would be classified as a “classic” and that my daughter would be proud to inherit would be fab!

A bag brand to watch, and one that’s certainly qualifies for the criterie above, is Missibaba. Chloe Townsend is making waves with her quirky leather bag designs featuring funky colour combos and unique patterns. I’m loving her latest design collaboration – a range of hand-painted bags entitled ‘I See the Sea and the Sea Sees Me’ which encompasses three limited edition prints designed by Chloe Townsend of Missibaba, graphic designer Naomi Bossert and illustrator Mia Nolting.

Bossert and Nolting have been experimenting with fabric prints and painting for some time and when Townsend invited them to take part in the first Missibaba Kindred Spirits project they leapt at the chance. The endless blue ocean and the way it connects us all together inspired the ‘I See the Sea and the Sea Sees Me’ collection. Bossert and Nolting are both foreign, originating from Holland and America respectively, and feel a deep connection to vast oceans that tie them to their homeland.

Each designer was responsible for creating one pattern that would be produced in three existing Missibaba styles – the Giant Scarab Purse, the Cha Ching bag and the Wild West Clutch. The limited edition collection retails for between R1850 – R2850 depending on the bag style.

Chloe Townsend Collection

Mia Nolting Collection

Naomi Bossert Collection

The designers painted black dye in varying shades onto untreated, natural, locally produced leather. Townsend has found the black leather dye to be the most colourfast and all three designers agreed to stick to a monochromatic palate in order to accentuate the patterns. All of the bags were finished with a coat of varnish to prevent rapid wear although there will be slight colour fading if frequently exposed to light.

The ‘I See the Sea and the Sea Sees Me’ collection is available for purchase from the Bree Street shop or online at

Functional art. Love. Don’t you think these are just beautiful!

Images: Missibaba

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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