Victoria Benitz-Kelley grew up in Montreal, Canada, and now lives in Sydney with her husband and three children.
Victoria has always been interested in fashion, and loves a beautiful bag, but found that bags are often heavy, just in design, even before you put anything in them. She had been lamenting the need for a simple, elegant, everyday bag that was light, and inexpensive, so she decided to create her own range.
At Poltrona, we are passionate about creating products that you will use every day, and love. Poltrona bags are made from high quality leather and suede hides sourced in Australia from Italian, New Zealand and Australian origins. All Poltrona handbags and clothes are manufactured in Sydney by hand in small batches and come in a variety of seasonal colours.
What makes Poltrona special is the attention to detail. Victoria handpicks all the hides, making use of the full hide in order to keep Poltrona sustainable, and David, a local manufacturer, hand makes each bag.
David is of Syrian heritage, and learnt his trade in Switzerland. He has been manufacturing leather clothing and bags in Australia since 1970, and has worked for many of the Australia’s best designers.
Poltrona handbags are designed for casual elegance in the art of sustainable, ethical fashion.