Words: Amanda O’Riordan
Photography: Courtesy of Barbara Bonner
Italian designer Barbara Bonner, the woman behind the luxury bohemian handbag range and accessories collection, is creating lots of headlines here on the White Isle. Her signature soft leather fringing is the ultimate feature of each piece, oozing that effortless boho chic Ibiza style is famous for.
Originally launching her brand in Verona, Italy, her grandmother was a travelling circus performer who rode a motorcycle in the “Circle of Death”, while her grandfather was a skilled diamond cutter who opened Verona’s first jewellery shop. With such a fascinating lineage, you could say that Barbara’s own creative path was bound to be unique.
Ibiza plays an important role in the designer’s life, who has made the White Isle her summer home and says the island is a constant source of inspiration to her, which has heavily influenced her design aesthetic. Her most famous styles include the Classic Hobo and Rebellious Bucket bags, as well as her unique take on beach holdalls. Her designs are perfect for office or beach and will allow you to carry on straight to dinner and drinks and even the dance floor.
Her fringed leather bags are completely crafted for the free-spirited Ibiza woman who wants to stand out from the Balearic crowd. To add to the collection Barbara has created a range of accessories, which includes ponchos and garments that celebrate her free spirit with a nomadic and glamorous twist. The personification of the Ibicencan lifestyle, we were thrilled to find out that her Barbara Bonner boutique is due to open on the island next Easter. Watch this space!