The process of making a 'Tiane Tenui piece begins with sourcing from only the finest leathers and materials. Christiane personally selects leathers that have unique structure and pattern, ensuring even the smallest blemish can be worked in, hidden from plain view.

Each bag is made up of leather, linen threads and bronze screws — simplicity at it’s best. With a desire to create with her hands, no machines are used in any step of the process. The designs are timeless, simple and elegant. Never in or out of fashion as they do not follow trends.



Founder and designer Christiane Smit has spent years placed firmly within the fashion industry. Beginning at an early age observing her mother making clothing and accompanying her to fabric stores creating objects became second nature. She spent many years travelling abroad and engaging with various cultures always searching for treasures; it is a vital part of who she is. Later, working in fashion with Japanese designers, she learned the importance of every last detail and why creating from the very best materials she can find is so instrumental to her ethos.

Acting from a genuine love of the quiet first steps involved in creating — placing each hand cut, edged and prepared piece one beside the next, the first pull of thread through the leather, she builds each bag, step by step, savouring the slow evolution.

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