About BENE

Founder Ellie Schwing, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana established BENE with the launch of her first collection of handbags and accessories in fall 2016 while living and working in Italy, where she continues to find inspiration for her designs. 

BENE celebrates the eccentric culture rooted in New Orleans and the Italian tradition of luxury leather craftsmanship and design. 

BENE is committed to continuing the art & craft of handmade luxury goods.  Each of our handbags is produced with Italian hide and lined with custom printed fabric featuring original artwork by local female artists.

BENE's mission is to produce functional, timeless and stylish pieces that represent a true collaboration with Italian artisans and female artists.