A-esque, launched in 2012, is by former Mimco founder and creator, Amanda Briskin-Rettig. Unlike her former large-scale operation, A-esque focuses on the handmade process and quiet luxury of simple, useful bags and leather accessories. The bags bear minimal branding and run in limited quantities. All are handmade in Italian leather in its Melbourne workshop.
The A-esque Sydney store is on the ground floor of The Strand Arcade where handbags sit on plinths of solid oak, cork and stone, and adorn the walls alongside colourful artworks. Much like the bags themselves, the store is sleek and serious in earthy tones with hints of colour and round applique eyes playfully poking out of corners – an icon the brand has become known for.
Besides its heritage and natural charm, The Strand was chosen for the A-esque store for its community of like-minded brands (Dinosaur Designs, Dion Lee, Lover, Funkis) that have a similar dedication to their craft.