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Hot Shopping: In Conversation with Ela Co-Founder Martin Aldorsson

Ela co-founders (and husband and wife) Ela Kowalewska and Martin Aldorsson. Photo: Adam Moco.

Functional and fashionable, the new ela MILCK handbags are must-have accessories for the season.

MILCK—money, identification, lipstick, cellphone and keys—is an acronym for the essentials that every woman needs for a night out. Designed by ela power couple Ela Kowalewska and Martin Aldorsson, MILCK clutches are available in 12 different colours in suede and leather varieties including a tan, studded-leather clutch that is exclusive to Holt Renfrew.

Where sat down with ela co-founder Martin Aldorsson to talk about the new MILCK handbags and the future of ela.

Where: Tell me about where the idea for ela came from.

Aldorsson: We have been in the industry for a while. Ela was working PR for Hermes. She always had a calling for designing. She made all of these these sketches and was actually able to meet with Jimmy Choo. And he saw her sketches and they started talking. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Roots Purse Panache

Spring into the season with a bold French tote ($158) from Roots. It’s a workhorse of a bag—one large compartment fits anything and everything you need for a busy day at the office or a jam-packed weekend—but its colourful prince leather body trimmed with vegetable-tanned leather ensures a supple material that only softens over time.