Considering it’s been about an eon since we had a Q+A here, I jumped at the chance of getting to know Brooklyn-based design duo Eayrslee better when they got in touch with shots of their appetite-whetting accessories. Their range of leather and canvas accessories is delicious, and I don’t mean that in so much an opulent, over-ornate sense, but more the comforting, no-frills, belly-filling satisfaction sense.
These are accessories imbued with love and oozing Brooklyn ease – for both men and women.
^ Design duo Eayrslee (Eayrs & Lee)
MM: What is EAYRSLEE?
EAYRSLEE is the amalgamation of ideas, needs, and wants of Mimi Eayrs and Joanne Lee.
^ The Park tote
MM: How did you come to establish the brand? Do you both come from design backgrounds?
In the economic downturn of 2010, we both found ourselves out of employment and shuttling between freelance jobs. We were carrying our entire lives for the day in totes and backpacks, but finding it hard to transition from day to night without feeling and looking out of place. From this need, the Nicholson bag was born, a handsome briefcase/ backpack we don’t feel awkward taking to dinner.
^ The waxed canvas and leather Nicholson
Mimi has a fine arts degree from Parsons and has worked as a graphic designer and art director for the past 8+ years. I have a degree in psychology from UC Berkeley and a fashion design degree from FIDM, and have been designing bags and accessories for the past 9 years.
MM: What inspires you?
Stylish grandmothers, old photographs…
MM: Your designs strike me as being both beautiful and functional. What comes first for you two – form or function?
The chicken or the egg…maybe function edges out form by a millimeter. Is that the right answer?
^ The Dean tote – aimed at women according to the online store but I can definitely see some men working this as a kind of weekender?
MM: Finally, can you tell me a bit about the manufacturing process, the materials you use etc.?
We mainly use leathers sourced in Argentina and Italy, the final product is manufactured overseas at reputable factories we personally visit.
Check out Eayrslee to shop all the styles featured above and more.