The London luxe leather backpack designer

The backpack journey…

The Carla mini me backpack

… so most of you know my background story I’m a handbag designer with an economics degree and a toddler boy of three.  I love vintage, cycling my HEAVY Dutch bike around the mean streets of London and enjoying the challenge of my sometimes crazy inner city life.

So for me I really need a practical ‘carrier to hold all my bits and pieces’ but not weigh me down.  The aim of this post is to provide you with some information as to what goes behind the Nariva Boutique backpack, where and how they are made and WHY.


J.T. Batchelor’s and who?

My typical day involves a trip to my local leather shop JT Batchelor’s and Co, literally around several corners from my house.  I spend perhaps half my life at J.T’s.  Catching up with Rocky and Steve, these guys have taught me everything I know about leather.  They live and breathe it.  To be perfectly honest I go there to get inspiration and check out all the new leather samples that they have. I also travel abroad to keep up to date with the world of leather, but this is not an everyday thing.

The Games of Thrones – what?

Did I tell you that everyone in the design world who is anyone hangs out here?  The other day I met the team costume designer from Games of Thrones -working directly with Michele Clapton herself … yes that right!    And we ended up comparing notes, and debating on how to make the perfect cup of tea and the beauty of hand making stuff yourself.

Handmade luxury

I have my leather samples sent off to my girl up north.  Well she is not up north, but in that other direction (north of London).  Her hands are made to work with leather.  Anything she produces turns into gold.  Occasional we hook up, but it’s not needed as she has my vision in her heart and we speak every other day.

Mason Silver Luxe Backpack

Clean straight lines, handmade, hand cut and hand painted – no raw edges unless it part of the design – and always double stitched.  That’s how I work and that’s how I think.  We are also utilising zero waste principles – so we use every piece of leather to reinforce the backpack – means its strong and made to last. Each piece is designed and handmade in the UK using traditional techniques and the finest quality fixtures and fittings. We also source vegetable tanned leather to stay true to our ethos.

Why you deserve the very best

I’m big on simplicity and high quality so that’s why my backpacks are defined as luxe leather backpacks – and why not? I think everyone should own something that has been made especially for them – Don’t we deserve it mamas?

Every piece of the backpack is hand cut so that we can bring you the perfect shape, quality, made to last piece of art.  We want you to have the best; we want to be the best, detailed and defined in everything we produce. This process usually takes up to FOUR weeks.  And we keep you posted – weekly short brief updates so you know where it’s at.

In our design process we worked up a dozen or so samples so that we could get it right.  We wanted our pieces to be designed with your back, shoulders and neck in mind.  We also wanted something pretty, bright and stream lined.

What else you get

Each backpack comes with a cotton drawstring dust bag, with a Nariva Boutique protection cloth, plus instructions on how to care for your backpacks.  Plus a handwritten personalised letter from moi – Marie-Claire.

You also get weekly Frid yay tips if you sign up to our community – we like to encourage you to use your backpack and tell us the ONE thing you hope to achieve as part of your commitment to your living life less stress or more joy.

We also share:

  • Styling tricks and snippets
  • Our monthly newsletter Tricks
  • Discounts off our hands free adventure living luxe leather backpacks.
  • An amazing community of like minded people who lovingly want more joy and less stress in their motherhood journeys

Why not join in the fun



Our Mission

We so believe in our mission and our commitment to living light and feeling free.

We see a world where the super go getting mama, whilst prancing, dancing around with her Mason backpack, doesn’t feel stressed or burnt out.  But she takes her challenges in life by the horns and rides with it… with her little ones by her side.



YOUR 10% off your first order

Come join us community. Get your 10% off our mini backpacks and if it’s not for you – you have 7 days to return it.  Read full terms here.

Leave a Comment

Yes, subscribe me!

Cart Item Removed. Undo
  • No products in the cart.