Elk / Madel Bag - Black
The Madel Bag does it all, combining compact functionality with a stylish sensibility which references Scandinavian influences. The raw, unlined leather gives this design a distinct point of view, with an adjustable strap which can be removed to convert the style to a clutch, while internal card pockets are cleverly integrated within the three-pocket design, all sealed with a large, leather flap which closes with secure double magnets. Consider this style a go-to when you need a stylish solution with ample versatility for whatever the day - or night - has in store.
Leather is a natural, renewable material made from animal hides that have been preserved and softened through a tanning process. Vegetable tanning is the oldest tanning method, using natural plant tannins without the use of chromium sulphate salts. Plant extracts from roots, bark, leaves, and seeds that are rich in tannins are used to preserve and impart colour into the leather.
This tanning method takes longer, and can be more resource intensive, however it is our preferred tanning method as it uses natural and renewable raw materials. Vegetable tanned leather has a distinct aesthetic and firmer feel, that wears and ages beautifully.
Leather lasts a long time, ages well and is easy to care for and repair. Unlike many synthetic materials, leather develops patina over time and gets better with age. Buying a well-made leather product can be considered an investment and supports the slow fashion ethos of “buying less, buying better”. Leather can be recycled or upcycled, and once it reaches the end of its lifecycle it is biodegradable.
Chromium VI is not used in any tanning processes for our leathers.
BN have been a long-term supplier of ELK starting with a small collection in 2013. They are now one of our main suppliers of leather goods. All leathers are sourced from LWG tanneries which is an association that sets high industry standards and audits tanneries for environmental performance. Additionally, all products are passed by REACH standard regulations, meaning they are made with restricted levels of specific chemical substances in their goods.
They are a family business with all members of the immediate and extended family playing key roles. We visit BN at least twice a year and we have ELK agents on the ground working with them on transparency, quality and operational standards