Our darling designer brand Neva Opet, based in Atlanta, Georgia brings you modern handbags that are made to last—no matter who you are or where you go. The line is inspired by Rachel’s great-grandmother, Neva, and the ancient Egyptian Opet Festival, an event of regeneration. Much like the legends of the Egyptian Empire, these bags are made to last forever.
We are ever so proud of working with her for she also believes in fewer but better products. We hope you enjoy her handmade leather bags each named after contemporary female artists who inspire her.
Hi Rachel, in one of your interviews, you describe designing bags was a hobby turned into passion first then a project. We would like to know-how…
I was born in Louisiana. I graduated from college with a degree in Art History and considered continuing my education to become an Egyptologist. Followed by a few unfulfilling jobs after college, I went back to creating things as an outlet. Since I was a kid, I wanted to become a fashion designer. I switched fabric for leather. After falling in love with the character of leather and the bag making process, I took my hobby full-time in 2014.
A perfect bag, does it exist?
A perfect bag is what modern, ethical fashion-minded woman wants. In a world of disposable fashion, we create handmade products that last a lifetime and beyond trends.
How can we buy ethically?
I think education is vital. I always advise that people watch the documentary 'The True Cost' as a starting point. We should buy fewer but better products that we can feel proud to wear.
Art, streets, architecture, technology… What inspires you?
I am always guided by the work of contemporary female artists. I name each bag after a female artist that has made a particular impression on me like Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeoise, and Carolee Schneemann.