Axel Mano

Axel Mano is the design partnership of Susie Meekin and Graham Clarke who apply the same philosphy when designing bags as they do hats, using simple matrerials in an inventive yet practical way, whilst at the same time reflecting the mood of the season.

Susie comes from a design background and studied millinery in London before returning to Australia to open the ,axel mano' store in Woollahra, Sydney, with Graham, an artist and designer, in 1999. All the current bags in the range are made of industrial re-cyclable webbing, which is very hard-wearing and is used for seatbelts and other heavy weight-bearing uses, yet is soft to the touch and lightweight. The bag fittings are sourced in Italy, and every model has pockets for mobile phones and other essentials, with gorgeous linings of brightly coloured silks and cottons. Every piece is handmade in Australia.

We first discovered Axel Mano some years ago when our customers told us about these wonderful bags made of seat belts. Then we discovered the hats, which are just works of art, each one individual, hand-shaped and dyed right here in Sydney, using the very finest straws, often vintage, limited Italian straws. Over the years we have become friends with the team at Axel Mano and we are proud to stock their beautiful hats and bags in our stores.