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Canadian by design: Bags for all occasions by Nella Bella

Nella Bella handbags and accessories is a rising star in Canada's fashion scene. Founded by Canadian designer Tarek Al-Azbat in 2007, the company has labeled itself as one of the top vegan fashion brands in the country.

Al-Azbat has wanted to be a part of the fashion world for as long as he could remember."I was crazy about all aspects of fashion, how beautiful it can be and how good it can make you feel, " he said.

Metro Trends Report asked the designer about the inspiration behind his designs, as well, his recommendation on handbags for all occasions.

Trends Report: What lead you on the path of fashion design, specially handbags and accessories design?

Al-Azbat:  I discovered that fashion handbags and accessories are more than a purse to hold your belongings— they can be your best friend. Items like handbags, scarves, and wallets can be with you all day and all night, traveling with you and holding your secrets, keeping you warm and adding personality to your individual style.

Trends Report: What influences you in your handbag and accessories designs?

Al-Azhbat: People! All types and shapes. I’m influenced by lifestyles and that’s an endless source of inspiration. I look at the individual lifestyle needs and wants in a handbag or accessories and how I can make it so that it will give the desired function and look fabulous.

Trends Report: What are some interesting tidbits about Nella Bella handbags?

Al-Azhbat: Nella Bella label has established itself as one of the premium vegan brands in the country. All of our products consist of materials from the vegan world – cotton, cotton blends, canvas, PU, nylon, etc. PU stands for polyurethane and is typically used on felt or cotton bases.

Trends Report: Which Canadian fashion brands are you a fan of?

Al-Azhbat: Lululemon and Pink Tartan.


Have you been looking for that perfect clutch to accessorized with all your spring wedding outfits, or a sturdy utility tote for day-to-day tasks? Look no further. Check out the gallery of vegan Nella Bella bags, hobos, satchels, purses, and totes.

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    Spring means wedding season has begun. Add a colourful stylish clutch to complete your outfit. The Ivy Clutch Nu Moon ($49).


    Headed for a fun girl's night out? Pair your outfit with the Avalon Nu Grain ($109), or the Rose Nu Mirage ($69) to complete your look.


    Headed to a Sunday picnic in the park? Carry all your essentials in the Armoise Nu Nylon Supreme ($99).


    The Gardenia Nu Snake ($89) is a stylish bag for any occasion, from shopping to lounging.


    Looking for a stylish bag to bring on a trip? Check out The London Nu Mirage ($125).


    Some travel light and others not so much. If you've got a lot to pack, carry all your essentials in the Rumex Nu Mars by Nella Bella ($110)


    Are you a busy gal, looking for a sturdy utility bag to hold all your essentials? Nella Bella recommends the Filix Nu Mars bag ($110).


    The perfect work purse can help organize your day, but don't sacrifice style. Accessorize your work outfits with the Lilac Nu Mirage ($115) or Lily Nu Mirage ($110).

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