Yvette van Eijndhoven is a Dutch bag designer with an incredible eye for high-fashion and modern aesthetics. The former interior designer creates bags that are defined as unique must-haves, with a timeless design. We visited her atelier in Den Bosch to talk about her background, design aesthetic and the materials she uses.
Hi Yvette. You have a background in interior architecture. What made you decide to make the switch to fashion?
I have worked at a big architecture agency for a long time. I was involved in million dollar projects and got to work with many different clients. As much as I love architecture, I missed working with my hands and seeing a project come to life. In architecture, months (sometimes years…) would go by before we could finally experience the end result. I have always had an interest in fashion and started a bag making course on the side. This is how I met Marja Baas, founder of MYOMY. She encouraged me to start making my own bags.
Are there similarities between architecture and bag making?
I like to think about functionality and what elements are truly essential to make something ‘work’. This is one of the key elements when working in architecture since spaces have to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. I approach bag making the same since my style is calm and minimal without adding too many unnecessary embellishments. Designing from a certain need is also something that you will find in both architecture and in how I design now. For example: one of the bigger challenges people have with large bags is keeping the inside organized. Therefore, adding an extra zipper on the bottom to reach your belongings is a much-needed design solution.