A combination of both the past and the future of the brand with a clear reference to the bespoke handmade nature of our handbags as well as subtle nod to hands behind each stitch.

‘TIANE / derived from the last half of the makers name, Christiane Smit,  as a reference to the hands behind the brand.

TENUI ( 手縫い ) / the Japanese word for hand—sewn.




'Tiane Tenui is a bag brand that recognizes the importance of longevity, the nuances of elegance and the power of our feelings around purchasing something so special and individual. At any given time there are only ever two bags made from the same materials and colour, as she prefers to explore the myriad of colours and textures, ensuring an authentic bespoke experience for each client.

Christiane believes that each bag should become a part of her clients daily lives, telling a personal story through the marks and impressions left over time. Before taking an order, she sends each client small leather samples so that they may experience the feeling and actual color of the leather, thus becoming a part of the creation process. She also believes in the emotional connection her clients have with their bag — the way you feel when you carry it throughout your day, revealing in it’s handmade nature, an appreciation for the energy put into this special piece. Hard to find elsewhere, she believes in the gentle notion that sometimes the best items involve some searching.

Unwrapping a package from 'Tiane Tenui is an experience. Pure excitement, the special feeling knowing that this piece was made for you and you alone – the elation of being able to call her your own. 


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 a number of years traveling 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 true 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, Christiane builds each bag, step by step, savoring the slow evolution.