The Bahru brand was born in 2007 when the original owner, Fliss Brophy, was living in Singapore with her husband. When Fliss realised there was a gap in the market for high-quality, everlasting leather bags that were priced for everyday women. Bahru was born. Fast forward almost 15 years and numerous designs later, Fliss was back in Australia and Bahru was a much-loved and thriving online brand with customers from all over the world.
In 2022, during one of many conversations about bags and business between Fliss and her long-time friend of 40-years Michaela Hales, the idea of passing the Bahru baton to Michaela was born. Michaela has been a loyal customer of Bahru’s over the years and we won’t mention how many bags she has collected! So when the opportunity arose to help create the next chapter for the brand she jumped at the chance.
Michaela lives in the beautiful South West of WA in her renovated 1940’s cottage home with her husband, Rhys, son Noah while eldest son Bailey has already flown the coop. She loves the simple things in life, loves time out in the garden, a round or two of golf, and has a healthy obsession with Champagne! A lover of all things travel, Michaela and her family have traveled far and wide, from the natural beauty of Broome to the heart grabbing Greek Islands and it from these that Bahru will continue to draw inspiration from to introduce you to new designs and pieces.
Our goal is to create timeless leather pieces that are beautifully practical, that look and feel amazing and are versatile and everlasting for the everyday women. Each piece in the range is named after a city or town from around the world, either from our favourite places which have inspired designs, to are places we dream of!
Take the time to explore our range and see if your favourite destination is already a member of the Bahru leather family!