Our story

S&B was founded in 2015 by childhood friends Niklas Bandobranski and Catherine Nilson. The idea was to create bags for everyday use, with the combined look of classic, sporty and sophisticated. Bags that could be used for work, the gym or fine dining. All day - every day.
We wanted to add a an element that also felt innovative. We searched for a material that could reflect a new generation, people of today. Knowing that our customer's lifestyle is active and vibrant, on top of the latest trends, and living in the urban mix of career and casual athletic, vegan leather and nylon was the right fit for us. The people that choose vegan leather tend to follow the healthy, dynamic and sustainable way of life - that is it right now.


Our material


When starting Steele & Borough we both felt that the vegan direction was the future – and still is. There was something intriguing about creating classic looking bags with a more contemporary material. Above that, vegan leather has some great advantages. The most obvious is of course that no animals are harmed in the process of making it. But there is more. Our vegan leather is made out of PU, which is lightweight and water-resistant. This serves well when commuting to work on an everyday basis and don’t want to add any extra weight or worry about what pouring rain will do to your bag. It also has the practical aspect that when taking care of it you can just wipe it off with a wet cloth if it gets dirty, nothing more.


Our design


The Steele & Borough zipper-puller was sketched down in roughly 15 minutes. Initial ideas can come really fast. But after that often comes a long process of getting things it into the right size, finding the right material and testing the function etc. Sometimes 24 hours is enough, sometimes 24 days is enough. We believe in making the very best we can out of every detail, and that these details together creates a great bag that will last a long time. That is what defines the spirit behind Steele & Borough.