Once upon a time, it was a Friday night and I was sporting a new haircut. I had no plans and da BF was on Lanai laying tile. What’s a girl with no man, no plans and a professional blowout to do? I decided to hop over to Monkeypod Wailea to chill at the bar and nosh on gnocchi while watching surf flicks. (nom nom, we’re talking fresh chard, mushrooms, tomato and chevre, I daydream about Monkeypod’s gnocchi at least once a week)
As I was heading back to my car with a tummy full of gnocchi, I decided to take a peek in Otaheite. The display table was filled with gorgeous and colorful handcrafted wallets and clutches by Cleobella.
I fell in love with the green and yellow piece and it’s now a favorite. It’s a large but light wallet so I can easily fit my iPhone and Lipfusion in it and also use it as a clutch. It has three zippered compartments, four non-zippered and a generous amount of slots for cards. The lace cuts created by hand provides for a bohemian feel, which makes me smile.
Angela and Jim created Cleobella and their collection of handmade bags, wallets, jewelry and home accessories after spending time in Bali. Cleobella is inspired by its namesake, Angela’s free spirited mother, a 70’s hippie child who loves nature.The pieces are made by artisans in Bali and Indonesia. Each item is hand dyed and embellished individually.
Their offerings include fringe bags, roomy clutches and gorgeous ikat pillows. There is an abundant feeling of texture and a global elegance throughout their collection.
If you find the stories behind companies interesting, I recommend you visit Cleobella’s site and click on “our story” (bottom middle). Our story is Angela and Jim’s share of how they began Cleobella with gorgeous shots of Bali and a bit of insight into how their products are made. I also loved the quick peek into Angela’s workspace in Bali with a simple pink desk and the shot of her sketching designs.