This year was marked as the official launch of ESPE. Our concept was to create an innovative brand that would combine fashion and function – delivering style, versatility, quality and affordability all in one package.
The first edition of handbags was made to include a variety of functions, such as a detachable inner pocket. FLORA and FAUNA were the core of our early designs and could be seen mimicked throughout our wallets and jewellery.
This was the year we introduced our first funky floral design. Paired with matching wallets and accessories, these bright patterns were a huge hit, which later on evolved to become one of ESPE's signature designs. The ESPE Design Team experimented with a variety of textures in our handbags, even featuring faux snake-skin, cowhide and sheepskin – keeping up with the latest trends while being animal-friendly!
Hardware also started to make an appearance in a selection of our handbags. Along with the bold colours, these styles made a splash in the Canadian fashion scene.
In this spring collection, the ESPE design team continued to explore the use of different textures and shapes, even incorporating metallic effects. This would be the first season where the slip-in closure was used – a feature that becomes a staple in our designs. Life-style accessories were revamped and made more available with an array of matching styles. The funky floral designs combined with whimsical handbag shapes made a hit in the New York fashion scene.
After the great response we received with our innovative slip-in wallet closures, our Fall 06 collection aimed to incorporate this item onto our handbags as well. Fashion accessories included silver jewellery adorned with fresh-water pearls and semi-precious gemstones. Our furry friends finally debuted onto the design table and went on to become an essential in the ESPE design concept. Cosmetic bags introduced to expand the accessory collection.
Taking our classic slip-in closure design, we used it as inspiration to remodel and create other innovative closure styles. More fresh and simplistic designs were made accessible alongside our trademark whimsical ones, and were equally well-received by our fans. Coin purses and compact mirrors were amongst the new lifestyle accessories used to broaden our horizons. The very first ESPE laptop bag made its debut in our signature collection, showcasing an intricate patchwork design.
2007 was a year focused primarily on travel, unveiling a bundle of travel accessories. Luggage tags and passport holders were amongst the many items that drove this concept. Our handbags were made larger with more compartments for the ease and comfort of travel. This season also featured the release of the multi-functional Groovi handbag, which would go on to be one of our most popular and innovative styles to date.
Following suit on the popularity of our furry friend designs, birds, monkeys and ladybugs soon flew in to the ESPE design table. Newer ESPE accessories included belt buckles, and laptop bags were modified to better match the rest of the collection. Staying true to our design philosophy, we drew most of our inspiration from Mother Nature and pushed the envelope, continuing to lead the way for fashion trendsetters everywhere.
Fall welcomes a new trend of backpacks for easy travelling and sleeker laptop bags. This season, ESPE ventured out to home décor by incorporating our fun designs into cushion covers! The ESPE clutch made its debut in the accessories collection and due to popular demand, lunch bags were introduced so that even carrying your snacks can be made fashionable!
With the freshness of spring in mind, ESPE started to design handbags with flowers not only in 2D… but 3D! Rose tassels adorned the sides of some of our designs to add some funk and flare, and were a hit. Waist pouches were added for the adventurous as an alternative to our totes and clutch. Trying to play our part in "staying green", all ESPE bags now came with an eco-tote that doubles as a storage dust-bag, so that our fans can not only enjoy our products, but know they're helping to save the environment as well!
This year, we have more designs than ever. Expanding on the popularity of the convertible GROOVI Handbag, we introduce WINK – a true shape-shifter with a colourful striped interior. Abstract and appliqué flowers make a comeback mixed in with elegant graphics. This season we also launch one of our most ambitious projects ever: ESPE Sport. This unisex line introduces a collection of premium bags and wallets featuring luxurious materials. A sophisticated spin from our usual whimsical designs, this collection is sure to surprise and delight all our fans!
Attempting to veer away from the expected, ESPE's fresh take on the Spring collection included the incorporation of hand-painted, watercolour designs. Playful, light, and full of colour, the BALLOON and TRAVEL designs were a hit.
2010 also marked the launch of ESPE's Silver Collection; now our ESPE designs have a silver counterpart. Not only can our fans carry the designs on their handbags and wallets, but now they can wear them for a bold fashion statement. In an assortment of bracelets, earrings and matching pendants, this collection added some new "sparkle" to the brand.
This season, the designers at ESPE thought beyond wallets and handbags, bringing forth an array of compact, grab-and-go items that fans of all ages would love to have.
Coin purses, compact mirrors, and cell phone pouches were among the many items that ESPE introduced to spice up any girl-on-the-go. Matched with the wallet styles of the Fall 2010 collection, the miniature designs on the accessories gave everyone their own small dose of fun!
Spring 2011 saw the introduction of a bold yet classy jewellery collection, done the ESPE way. Inspired by the hottest hues from the European runways, ESPE's new jewellery collection included funky pendants, rings, barrettes, and mirror compacts that combined stainless steel and polyurethane materials in an unconventional way.
Handbag charms were ESPE's Fall 2011 highlight. The funky clip-on charms beautified and embellished any handbag or backpack.
This season, a whole new collection of handbags and wallets featured ribbon and bow designs. These styles encompassed a mixture of pleats, folds, and ruffles, and were created using a combination of distinctive fabrics, unique flair, and impeccable workmanship.
This spring, ESPE introduced vegan luggage tags in eight fabulous designs. For the no-nonsense chic mom, ESPE's new diaper bag was a huge hit. Complete with a removable clutch purse, a wipeable changing pad, multiple organizing pockets, stroller attachments and more, the purse-like bag tickled every mom's fancy.
This fall, ESPE welcome a new trend of messengers for easy travelling and everyday chic. Retro-inspired with bold hues and jazzy motif, these messengers are sure to make a style statement.
For all the social butterflies, don't leave home without ESPE's oh-so-cute handbag hooks to hang your purse safely off the floor. These themed accessories are a necessity and don't forget to check out other small accessories such as key chains, handbag charms, metallic card holders and more.
This spring ESPE redefines the meaning of chic travelling. Venture in style to the exotic destinations that you long to explore and tag along one of our hand-illustrated travel totes with matching retro-inspired accessories to make a style statement. Each piece is uniquely designed in our Toronto studio using an array of innovative fabrics and materials, a blend of artistic styles, and polished talent to create this unconventional collection. Leave your style-savvy footprint wherever you go and redefine the way you travel!
This Fall, we took a trip down memory lane with our retro-inspired collection. Whatever your era is, ESPE has in place one-of-a-kind treat for your retro taste buds. Rich in texture and original in design, our distinctively stylish accessories have adopted a vintage twist. Add a dose of fun to everyday driving with our nostalgic yet chic vehicle-themed keyholders. Don't miss our retro-themed pencil cases and laptop sleeves featuring antique car, French dictionary, Eiffel Tower and more.
From the hottest purses to the snazziest accessories, ESPE's vivacious new collection will jump-start you right into spring. Our colour-blocked purses are a true attention grabber. Make a grandiose statement with our flirty lace collection. The retro pin-up flair will leave lots to imagination. And don't forget to embellish your purse with our intricately crafted handbag charms!
This Fall, ESPE is combining functionality with style and creativity. Our all-new collection of versatile purses are perfect for every girl-on-the-go! The designs allow you to change the orientation of your purse to suit any occasion – from a girl's night out to a summer stroll in the park.
This spring, ESPE's Dictionary Collection is the ideal way to invigorate your look and life style. Celebrate spring by taking a ride through time in a century of iconic bicycle designs. Portraying a weathered French dictionary behind a collage of antique bicycles, this 100% animal-friendly cyclepedia collection is a staple for style, function and eco-friendliness.
ESPE continues to push the design envelope this Fall. True to our design philosophy, we continue to offer a new array of innovative and style-saavy designs. This season, we have added meticulous artisan textures to your everyday look. From Thai bulrush handcrafts to intricate woven details, our exquisitely luxurious collection of woven-texture vegan leather purses is sure to embrace you with Boho chic and contemporary sophistication.
This spring, style yourself from hand to toe, starting with our whimsical purse collection which is designed with the vision of making a lasting statement, reflecting each individual's inner vibrancy. Stay cool, look hot, and have fun this summer!
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