About BENE

Founder Ellie Schwing, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana who found inspiration in Italy, established BENE by introducing her first collection of chic yet funky handbags and accessories in fall 2016.

BENE celebrates the eccentric culture rooted in New Orleans and the elegance of classic Italian leather design and silk scarves. 


Each of our handbags is produced with Italian hide and lined with avant-garde fabric featuring original artwork by local female artists.

BENE's mission is to produce functional, timeless and stylish pieces that will bring a bit of Italian flare to its owners.


BENE is committed to continuing the art & craft of handmade luxury goods. 


Each handbag is a true collaboration with Italian artisans, helping to communicate the traditions & craft narratives to the next generation.