Nathalie El Metni crafts handbags with creativity and a touch of glamour. Her designs are thought for modern ladies with an active lifestyle.
Jolie Lola’s story started over 10 years ago when Nathalie decided as a hobby to design beach bags and accessories for herself and her friends in Beirut. Her line was a success but she decided to flee the country like many during the 2006 war and moved back to Canada. In 2009 she found herself at a turning point and felt the need to move to a new path. She took the leap to pursue her passion and set up her brand, Jolie Lola. Nathalie is now based in Beirut where she sources her leather from Italy and works closely with local artisans to design her creations.
Nathalie’s style is urban and versatile. She revamped the classic fanny pack into an elegant ‘Belt Clutch’ that one can wear attached to the waist with a belt, on the shoulder/across bag with a chain or held in the hand. Another one of her key designs is the leather backpack with a fringed pompon, also offered in a mini version. Her collections are colorful and she plays around with leather using different types of skins: from painted prints on exotic skins to embossed patterns on calfskins. She adds unique touches from her travels like an ancient mosaic piece found at an antique dealer and also works with semi-precious stones such as tourmaline, turquoise or onyx to craft refined pieces of jewelry with an oriental vibe. Each piece comes in limited edition or can be exclusively customized, and is wrapped in a reusable eco-friendly playful canvas bag. Nathalie’s way of thinking goes with the evolving times, as she seeks to design accessories for women that sometimes have no time to change between the office, the errands and the soirées.
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