Find of the Month: Opelle

As I’ve probably noted on this blog in the past, fall is my favourite season for shopping and updating my wardrobe. Despite my antipathy toward winter as a whole, there’s something enticing about picking up some new sweaters and knit tights as we head into the slightly brisker fall weather. To that end, fall is also a super time to update your accessories wardrobe. A new pair of boots or a sleek bag can instantly update last season’s classics – and last you for many seasons to come. With that in mind, I bring you Opelle, a Canadian handbag brand based in Toronto that custom crafts each bag by hand. The designs are functional while also bringing plenty of style – and with the launch of their new fall collection, it’s the perfect time to take a peek for yourself.

Opelle Baby Ballet Bag

Baby Ballet Bag – $324

Every Fall and Spring, Opelle launches a new collection. The colours, styles and textures may shift between seasons, but there are some commonalities. For example, Opelle prides itself on hand-selecting top grain leather and lambskin hides from Italy and Germany. The hides are by-products of the food industry, and Opelle takes care to hand cut each piece to maintain their unique character. One of the standouts from this season – at least in my book – is the Baby Ballet Bag. Available in seven colours, this chic bag is a slightly more petite take on one of the brand’s signature teardrop-shaped bags, the Ballet.

Opelle Baby Bundle Bag

Opelle Baby Bundle Bag – $258

Like I mentioned, Opelle‘s collections are inspired by a particular them each season. This fall, they’ve harkened back to the Dirty 30’s; an era when design became focused on function and repurposing raw materials into something more luxurious. All of the bags this season have a slightly pared down look; free from frippery and excessive detail, they’re instead focused on striking fabrics, classic, clean cut lines, and total usability. Even something like the little Baby Bundle Bag picture above packs plenty of practicality into a cute, of-the-moment shape: sling it over your shoulder for a workday lunch (and leave your bulky tote bag behind) then slip into something a little more comfortable and don it for a night on the town with the girls.

Opelle Liria Bag

Liria Satchel – $374 each

That call to the 1930s is also represented in the brand’s minimalist, utilitarian colour scheme for the season. The palette is decidedly muted, with the deep hunter green ‘Pines’ and the pinky-cream ‘Pearl’ providing flashes of colour amongst dark blues, reds, and greys. Most of the lines’ bags – including the striking Liria Satchel, above – are available in every colour offered this season, but act fast – a shade you may like could be discontinued come spring. That’s not to say the colours are strictly seasonal (although they may appear a touch heavy against a light and bright spring wardrobe). Even the sparkling metallics sprinkled throughout the collection have a certain timeless feel to them; a purchase from Opelle is an investment in your wardrobe, a piece that will stand the test of time both in terms of durability and style.

Lotus Weekender Bag

Lotus Weekender Bag – $450

 A particularly cool feature of the brand is the way they scale their bags up and down. Like I mentioned above, they regularly scale down their bags for those ladies that don’t need buckets of space, like with the Baby Ballet bag I already highlighted, and the Liria Satchel, which comes in another smaller size. But they’ll also increase the size for different uses. For example, the Lotus Weekender Bag above is meant to be a slouchy, oversize version of their regular Lotus bag, designed for overnight sleepovers or quick jaunts out of town (heck, it could even pull double duty as a roomy diaper bag).

Opelle Mini Pochettes

Mini Pochettes – $96 each

On the opposite end of the scale, Opelle also has truly petite-sized bag options, like the adorable Mini Pochettes pictured above. These compact bags in particular make really lovely bridesmaid gifts, as they leave enough room for the essentials and can be worn again and again, with outfits both casual and formal.

Opelle Fold Over Clutch

Fold Over Clutch – $178

Another, smaller offering is the surprisingly roomy Fold Over Clutch bag, which is available in a range of this season’s new colours. With a removable strap, it can double as a lightweight shoulder bag or as a stylish, neutral evening accessory. The bag is made from oh-so-smooth buttery soft leather, which has been specially treated to really emphasize its unique texture. The result is a piece that’ll draw admiring glances all night long.

Opelle bags are wonderful gift ideas for your wife, mother, sister, or even your best friends. The investment is a little steeper – but the key word here is investment. These are bags that have been lovingly dreamed up and handcrafted from start-to-finish. The very best place to buy them is the Opelle website, as you’ll be able to see timelines, what’s in stock, and any new styles. The fact that they’re Made in Canada is the cherry on top of a very stylish sundae, and with the holidays on the horizon, now might be a good time to start dropping hints that these bags are very much what you’d like to see under the tree. Until then, I’m pleased to be giving away one of those gorgeous Fold Over Clutches – in the colour of the winner’s choice – to one very lucky reader. Want it to be you? Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:

1) Visit the Opelle website and then tell me in the comments below by September 30, 2014 – Which bag would you most love to receive as a gift (or gift to another)? Be sure to leave a link to your favourite bag!

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around October 1, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Follow Opelle on Instagram and like / leave a comment on your favourite image. Link back to said image / your comment in a separate comment below.

5) Bonus Entry #2: Like Opelle on Facebook. Leave a separate comment below telling me you’ve done so and your FB username (if it differs from your commenting name here on the CGG).

202 Responses to “Find of the Month: Opelle”
  1. skeetersden says:

    Instagram ID skeetersden this pic

  2. skeetersden says:

    liked them on FB (Debbie Bashford)

  3. Sherry K says: I love this Vanda Iron, I would trace for several days with this.

  4. Sherry K says: I followed on Instagram and like the picture of part of the store. It has clean, simple lines and looks very welcoming.

  5. janicour says:

    I love them all, but especially like LITTLE LIRIA DUFFEL LAKE


  6. Kimberley says:

    I love the Lotus bag and would love to either give it or receive it. My best friend would also love this bag.

  7. Grace F says:

    I love the Lotus bag! I would love to receive it as a gift as it looks like it could hold a lot of the stuff that I carry around with me all day.

  8. Julie G. says:

    I like the style of the Lotus Lake.
    I think I’d be keeping this one for myself!

  9. Alison K says:

    Visited the Opelle website and I would most love to receive, as a gift, their Lotus Weekender IRON Thanks

  10. Taps says:

    I love the look of the fold over bags. especially the molten one.

  11. cookie3 says:

    Love, love , love all the bags but especially the Baby Ballet Molten $324

  12. Cairine says:

    I would love to have the Fold Over Clutch in Pines.

  13. Sylvie Rozon says:

    Liked Opelle on Facebook

  14. Susan says:

    I like the Lotus Lake bag in navy blue.

  15. Patricia says:

    Really love the the Ballet bag in Iron!!

  16. Patricia says:

    Liked on FB, user name Geo Asker

  17. Juliee Fitze says:

    I would like to get the LOTUS LAKE bag

  18. Juliee Fitze says:

    Liked on FB – Juliee Fitze

  19. Donna L. says:

    Liked Opelle on Facebook as Donna Lyn

  20. Susan T. says:

    Followed on Instagram as @suekitty13 and liked and commented on

  21. Susan T. says:

    Liked on Facebook as Susan Terendy

  22. gmamaye says:

    Love the fold over clutch since its what is totally what I need when going out where someone needs to dress better for the evenings out.

  23. Veronique L says:

    Liked on FB – user name Veronique Louise

  24. Pam says:

    love the lotus weekender bag

  25. Veronique L says:

    Following on Instagram @riotronni and commented :

  26. Missy Avey says:

    I would absolutely LOVE the fold over clutch in PINES

  27. Suzanne G says:

    Instagram followed and commented and liked this picture. Instagram name–suzannegiroux

  28. Suzanne G says:

    Liked on FB and name is Suzanne Giroux

  29. Andrea says:

    Hard to pick with so many great ones! I’ve narrowed it down to the Liria Satchel:) Thanks for sharing this great company with us!

  30. Donnas says:

    I’d love to have the Botanist LAKE for myself.

  31. Monica says:

    I love this one LIRIA SATCHEL LAKE. Such beautiful bags!

  32. Joelle says:

    Liked your page on facebook. Name is Jolie Zananiri

  33. Pat B says:

    I have liked on facebook Pat Battles

  34. Edith Rennes says:

    Love “Ballet Lake” in the new arrivals

  35. Edith Rennes says:

    oops…make that the “Baby Ballet Lake”

  36. Elaan says:

    The “Ballet Lake” is just gorgeous!

  37. Elaan says:

    Liked on Facebook and my name on FB is Mize Bee!

  38. Victoria Ess says:

    Instagram entry: victoriaess2 –

  39. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d love the Baby Ballet in Iron!

  40. Valerie Gibson says:

    Liked Opelle on Facebook.

  41. Burcu says:

    Would love to receive this as a gift

    Fold Over Clutch – Shrunken Leather

  42. Renee Lacasse says:

    Would love to win this

  43. The Ballet Lake is so nice.

  44. Vicky D says:

    My fave would be LITTLE LIRIA DUFFEL IRON

  45. Bon says:

    Lotus Weekender Bag is my favourite

  46. truckerofbc says:

    My wife would love the Lotus Iron and if I was to win this I would hide it from her until Christmas.

  47. Chelsea V. says:

    I’ve liked Opelle on Facebook as well!
    FB Name: Chelsea Soleil

  48. CLC says:

    I’d love Ballet Lake. Even the name sounds great.

  49. Ashley O says:

    Fold Over Clutch – CIMENT
    Is beautiful, they ALL are!

  50. Betty S says:

    I really like the purse called Ballet Lake

  51. Betty S says:

    I have like Opelle onFacebook Facebook name Betty H Spry

  52. thomas rusinak says:

    little liria duffel lake=my fave

  53. Michelle M says:

    I have liked Opelle on Facebook (Sean Meier)

  54. Erin McSweeney says:

    i like opelle on facebook erin mcsweeney

  55. layners says:

    I would love the molten baby ballet!

  56. Stephanie says:

    I would want to have and give the Lapped clutch. I love how sleek and minimal it looks.

  57. Stephanie says:

    Also commented on instagram as stephchd

  58. Tharshi Sivapalan says:

    I like the Liria Satchel.

  59. Brigitte Tritt says:

    The Lotus Weekender suits my style but unfortunately not my pocket book. Would be awesome to win a prize of this caliber.

  60. Laura Crochetiere says:

    I love the Little Liria Duffel!

  61. beewbedard says:

    love the Lotus LAKE

  62. beewbedard says:

    Liked Opelle on Facebook: Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard

  63. Annie D says:

    I love the fold over clutch -

  64. Annie D says:

    Liked on facebook Annie Demill

  65. Jessica e says:

    liked on face book as jessica eapen

  66. Sara says: The Lotus in “iron” is stellar! For myself of course!

  67. Vicki H says:

    my daughter is always looking for a small bag, but big enough for her phone, with its clunky case. the Fold Over Clutch in Pearl looks perfect for her.

  68. diane says:

    Love these bags! I would love to receive the baby bundle in silver.

  69. Shelley N says:

    I would love the Baby Bundle in Silver since I do not have any metallic purses and I would love one

  70. Shelley N says:

    liked Opelle on FB

  71. lbosworth says:

    Liked on Facebook.

  72. Aarti Missra says:

    I’d love to receive the Liria Satchel (Pines).

  73. Aarti Missra says:

    Following Opelle on Instragram.

    View this post on Instagram

    #opelleshowroom #opellebags #storeopening

    A post shared by OPELLE Inc (@opellecreative) on

  74. Aarti Missra says:

    Liked Opelle on Facebook

  75. nancy says:

    Love the fold over clutch, goes with everything

  76. Angela @epicuremama says:

    I love the Lapped Clutch!

  77. Sahali says:

    The weekender bag would be great for me!

  78. thomas rusinak says:

    like opelle

  79. Edmond says: I love this Vanda Iron. Most luv to receive. Perfect for my niece BD gift which I can’t afford. WOW, it is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. . It is tight, fly & off the chain. . Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity

  80. laura feist says:

    I like the weekender

  81. Love the baby ballet bag.

  82. Jessica says:

    Here’s a link to a bag I absolutely LOVE! I’ve been looking for a bag like this that meets my criteria for a long time.

  83. lorna says:

    love the Lotus weekender bag

  84. Despina Heiland says:

    Liked on Facebook – username Despina Kokkinis Heiland 🙂

  85. Jessica says:

    My Facebook name is Jessica Thorkelson. 😉

  86. Love your purses and would love to win the fold over clutch. The color is great for year round.

  87. Left message on your FB page under the name Carolyn Cheek Massey

  88. Lira Satchel Pines, I love the colour

  89. Sonya says:

    I am absolutely in love with the fold over clutch! It’s so beautiful.

  90. Sonya says:

    I am absolutely in love with the fold over clutch! It’s so beautiful.

    Shared to fb!

  91. Caralyn Rubli says:

    I like the Vanda

  92. Caralyn Rubli says:

    Liked Opelle on FB, Caralyn Rubli

  93. debra says:

    would love the lotus weekender bag

  94. Pauline Wong says:

    Definitely the Baby Ballet Molten

  95. Jeannie says:

    My favorite would have to be the silver Baby Bundle Bag

  96. jasmyth says:

    I followed Opelle on Instagram as jasmyth10 and commented

  97. jasmyth says:

    I liked Opelle on Faceback as Jeannie Smyth

  98. thomas rusinak says:

    the weekender bag catches my fancy!

  99. Danielle Penney says:

    I visited the website and this one caught my eye. Looks like it may be spacious and come in handy with carrying baby items as well.

  100. Andrea Lamont says:

    liked on Facebook – Andrea Lamont

  101. Kathy Hogan says:

    The Lotus Lake

  102. ericam3 says:

    Here is the link to my instagram comment (also followed) –

  103. ericam3 says:

    Like on facebook – facebook name is: erica.morrill

  104. ericam3 says:

    I really love the Lira satchel in dark green.

  105. Maddy says:

    Omg, I would LOVE to get this purse:

    It’s gorgeous and would be perfect to take to work, or on a night out!

  106. leah leitch says: Classy — love it! Liked on facebook and commented under my name. Thanks 🙂

  107. Janet says:

    I would love to receive the Little Liria Duffel Lake-so beautiful with a suede patch detail-gorgeous-and I would use it forever!

  108. Janet says:

    Liked on Facebook-Janet Proulx

  109. Sherry K says:

    For an extra entry, I would choose the Joe Fresh jeans and they have other styles in the store that are super, too.

  110. Stephanie Anstey says:

    I love me a great Canadian fashion brand! Opelle’s leather handbags are gorgeously crafted! I especially love the Fold Over Clutch in Shrunken Leather:

  111. Stephanie Anstey says:

    Liked on facebook – stephanstey

  112. Stephanie Anstey says:

    Followed/liked/commented on instagram!

  113. I’m normally a hopeless messenger bag addict, but I love the Botanist IRON satchel. Very lady like.

  114. I’ve liked Opelle on Facebook.

  115. aly3360 says:

    I’d love to get or gift the BABY BALLET PINES

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  116. aly3360 says:

    I Like Opelle on Facebook as amber lynn young

  117. SueSueper says:

    I would like to receive the MARANTA TOTE as a gift.

  118. SueSueper says:

    I like Opelle on Facebook.

    I am SueSueper Sue on facebook

  119. I Liked Opelle on Facebook 🙂

  120. Cara W says:

    What a great find! Opelle handbags are gorgeous! I love the Fold Over Clutch in Shrunken Leather, it would be perfect to style with so many different outfits.

    I also love the clean lines of the Maranta Tote! Another versatile piece that I totally need!

    Fingers crossed for this amazing giveaway!!

  121. Cara W says:

    Liked and commented on Opelle’s Facebook page too!
    Cara Woo

  122. Erin W says:

    I like Opelle on FB (Erin Wilson)

  123. Love these bags! They look sleek and stylish and I particularly love the Lotus Weekender – lots of room to fit my life 🙂

  124. Lisa C M says:

    I like Opelle on FB: Lisa C Mallia

  125. Megan Young says:

    I’m a big fan of the Liria Satchel
    Love to get this as a gift!

  126. Maegan Morin says:

    I like Opelle on facebook (same name)

  127. Heather Arnould says:

    I love the Lotus Iron bag.

  128. The bag would I would most love to receive as a gift is the Baby Ballet PEARL!

  129. I follow Opelle on Facebook.

  130. Aimee says:

    Love the baby bullet bag. I couldn’t find a link to it on the site though

  131. Liked Opelle on FB – Jana M. Liu

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