Our story

S&B was founded in 2015 by 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.
Just like people are getting more aware of what they put on their plate, that trend also now goes into the wardrobe. Positive side effects are that vegan materials are more sustainable, more water resistant and their weight is less than materials made from animals. At the core of Steele & Borough is our passion for designing products with a clean look. The five models we offer today, are the results of testing 150 different versions of shapes and color combinations. For us real consistent design needs to be tested and evaluated before hitting the market.
We have developed a line of bags with very classical shapes, but with an attitude showing over rugged dimensioned details that boost the design, and accentuate the wish to be inventive yet keep a refined mature style.

”I think every small detail of a product is equally important, and that they together can express something that is bigger than themselves, like a well playing orchestra” says product designer Niklas Bandobranski.

Our bags are made of a durable water repellent nylon, and well tailored vegan leather details.
All bags come with practical inside pockets, sturdy zippers with our signature zipper-pullers and elegant inside fabric with the Steele & Borough monogram pattern print.

Our material - vegan leather

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 - it's in the details

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.