In Conversation With Tyler Ellis
Tyler Ellis is on a mission to bring luxury and style ease together with her gorgeous, artisan handbags. As the daughter of legendary designer, Perry Ellis, fashion runs deep within the Los Angeles-based creative. Her bags are “defined by an array of luxe materials and intricate details that embody her worldly palette” and are adored by celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Lily James, and Busy Phillips. It’s no wonder she has such a celebrity fanbase, the bags themselves are timeless in design and meaningfully and purposefully crafted. For us, they make for the perfect rented accessory as you can easily take one on a night out as you could to a brunch the next day. Since launching to rent on HURR, we wanted to get to know Ellis a bit better and catch a glimpse behind the mind of the brand. Keep scrolling for our conversation with Tyler Ellis and to rent her bags now.
Could you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and currently reside there with my husband and puppies. I love creating unique and timeless pieces that are innately functional. I am a woman designing for women and practicality is of the utmost importance to me. Thoughtful details, like strategically placed pockets, optional cross-body straps and light-weight bags all play key roles in my design process. I also enjoy working one-on-one with clients to customise their dream bag. This exciting experience allows you to select a fabric or a skin, pick a hardware colour and personalise an embroidery on a style of your choosing. In just a few weeks, your bespoke handbag will arrive at your home directly from Italy.
What’s the inspiration behind Tyler Ellis?
One of the main reasons I started Tyler Ellis was because I found women all over the world carrying the same luxury branded handbags. This inspired me to create unique pieces with the same quality of the large houses, but with bespoke charm. You will only find my logo on the interior of my bags, as I believe my handcrafted silhouettes and top-quality materials speak for themselves.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Michael Kors once told me, as a business owner to always surround myself with the best people possible. At the time this seemed like common sense, but as my company has grown, I now truly understand the importance and difficulty of finding trustworthy, detail-oriented, forward thinking employees. You cannot go far without an A+ team.
Who are your style icons and why?
The stylist Barbara Martello. I love her slightly masculine, yet classic and sexy style. She elevates the basic jeans and tee-shirt look perfectly by accessorising with an oversized blazer, delicate heel or an animal print pop. She commands attention with understated elegance – a timeless fashion icon.
Which items do you always carry in your handbag?
Lip gloss, my Wynn card holder, business cards and keys.
Why have you chosen to collaborate with HURR?
I love the positive aspects that HURR’s sustainable platform brings to both brands and consumers. I have bags in great condition that have been slightly worn for PR, celebrity or miscellaneous events, which cannot be sold as new. Working with HURR has not only repurposed these bags, but also broadens brand awareness to a set of new consumers, who might not have previously been exposed to Tyler Ellis.
Tyler Ellis bags are available to rent online and in store at Selfridges now.