If you’re looking for a good place to shop for leather goods in Melbourne, you have a lot of options. There are shops that sell leather bags, wallets, belts, shoes, and many more. But not all of them are the best. That’s why I’ve put together a list of the top stores in the area.

Status Anxiety- Fitzroy & Armadale

Status Anxiety is a leather goods brand originating from Sydney. The company is driven by its minimalistic aesthetic. As well as producing handbags and wallets, it also designs men’s and women’s accessories.

The leather used to make Status Anxiety bags is sourced from ethically tanned custom-premium leather. These materials are then carefully inspected for imperfections before being stitched by real people. There is no use of exotic animal hair or fur.

Status Anxiety leather products are buttery soft and elegant. Their bags are also incredibly durable. They are crafted from Italian and Brazilian leather. Unlike most other brands, Status Anxiety is not mass produced. It uses premium quality materials, ensuring that every item is a masterpiece.

Status Anxiety is currently available at 600 boutiques, as well as a few key department stores and retailers. The label is planning to open more brick-and-mortar stores. But right now, Status Anxiety’s online sales account for about 30% of its overall profits.

One of the things that sets Status Anxiety apart from its competitors is that it offers simple, stylish bags that aren’t overly fussy. It also focuses on form over function.

Sans Beast – Brunswick

A new vegan leather goods brand has launched in Melbourne. Called Sans Beast, the company aims to provide luxury handbags that are both ethical and functional.

The company’s bags are designed by Cathryn Wills, who founded the label after working in the leather industry for 10 years. She realised there was a gap in the market for a quality, cruelty-free fashion label.

To date, the company has enjoyed strong sales. They use recycled polyurethane to create their luxurious bags. And since their launch, they have donated all of their gross profits to Edgars Mission, a not-for-profit animal sanctuary.

The company is also committed to transparency. Their products are made by artisans in small runs, and are environmentally approved. In addition, they have partnered with charities such as the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.

They have been spotted on fashionable people both locally and internationally. And the company donates one dollar from every bag sold to Edgars Mission. This is part of the company’s ethos, which is to promote a more thoughtful purchasing attitude.

Simetrie – Brunswick

Simetrie is a Melbourne fashion label with an eco-friendly take on the oh-so-sexy leather goods. Designed and produced by local artisans, these aren’t your bog standard mass-produced bags. They’re made with a little love and a lot of passion. From the hand-crafted card cases to the pliable kangaroo leather shoulder bag, every ounce of the good stuff is counted. For good measure, the company offers complimentary repairs for life.

Aside from their line of eco-friendly bags, you’ll find some of the most creative and interesting design gurus in the city. Using a mix of both traditional and unconventional materials, you’ll find some pretty cool creations. To round things out, the company offers free workshops where you can learn how to make a slick handbag yourself. Of course, you’ll also have to pick up some sewing skills from the likes of Sharifa. This is a great way to learn some real-world skills while kicking back with a glass of vino. Definitely check it out next time you’re in Melbourne.