Founded by Dania Shinkar in 2020, the namesake brand, DANIA SHINKAR, is a Saudi/ Ireland-based contemporary and sustainable bag brand with an experimental approach to design. DANIA SHINKAR was born out of a desire to create limited quantity unique statement pieces that stand out from mass-produced fashion. Our goal is to reimagine the familiar aesthetics of a bag into wearable objects d’artes with unexpected details that beg a closer look - in the most sustainable way possible.
Sustainability is central to the brand’s mission, from using eco-friendly materials to practicing waste reduction to using ethically sourced leathers, the brand endeavours to implement sustainability practices in all stages.
By merging unconventional design with quality materials and Italian craftsmanship, DANIA SHINKAR is the epitome of playful luxury. Innovation being at the heart of the brand alongside sustainability, DANIA SHINKAR offers ethically crafted unique handbags to treasure at accessible price points.
Inspiration sourced from art, architecture and vintage design is reflected in each bag. 100% made in Italy, DANIA SHINKAR bags are a modern reinterpretation of old school charm, a style that is both contemporary and nostalgic. DANIA SHINKAR presents a curated collection designed for confident, free-spirited, and forward thinking women.
MADE IN ITALY
We value artisanal craftsmanship – and that is why our bags are crafted by skilled artisans in three small family-owned factories across Italy's Tuscany, Marche, and Lombardy regions. We strive to offer you luxury pieces by sourcing high quality and top grain leathers from the finest Italian tanneries. In fact, we go above and beyond to keep our handbags 100% Italian made by sourcing all of our components, from leathers to hardware to lining, in Italy.
Our signature metal frames and cellulose acetate handles are meticulously custom designed and made to bring a precious authentic touch to each bag.
BRAND VALUE: SUSTAINABILITY
We believe nature and art are synonymous which is why sustainability is one of our core brand values. We take pride in our commitment to being environmentally responsible in the sourcing, production and packaging of our bags.
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The founder and creative director, Dania Shinkar, is a Saudi Arabian fashion designer who hails from a textile print design background. In 2017, Dania graduated with a BA specialism in Fashion Textile Print Design from London College of Fashion. She was selected to showcase her graduate collection in the BA 2017 London College of Fashion catwalk / press show. Invited by Vancouver Fashion Week, Dania has also showcased her Spring/ Summer 2018 collection on the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week in Vancouver, Canada.
In 2019, Dania completed her MA degree in Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation at London College of Fashion. Her Master’s studies inspired her to explore another realm of fashion, so she pursued a course in Bag Design also taught at London College of Fashion. It was after this course that Dania decided to merge her expertise in textiles with her newfound love for handbag design - which she has sought to share with the world by launching DANIA SHINKAR.