Ilham Mohamed - illicia

Finalist of the The UBM Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design

Great Britain

2018 Finalist Ilham Mohamed illicia


What was your inspiration for this bag?
The inspiration came from seeing the deep connection the modern woman has with her most trusted item in her wardrobe. So I decided to embark on creating handbags with a difference. illicia handbags have a distinctive style which is then complemented by giving the woman the option to personalise her handbag. Our Celina bag comes with interchangeable woven handles which can be removed. It was designed to add just a hint of colour to your everyday ensemble from classic to casual by simply removing the handles for another look or opting for long cross body strap. We used light gold for our customised hardware and went with a quiet logo to really shine a light on the craftsmanship and material of Celina bag.

What are the retail price-points of your line?
Currently starting at 749 and goes up to 899 UK pounds

Do you change your silhouettes and materials every season?
Yes, we do. Each of our designs have refined silhouettes and different textures. We are a season-less brand so what that means is that we create pieces that will last for years to come. With that said, we have bi-annual collections to giving women even more choice.

What other handbag designers have inspired you?
Celine for its silhouettes, Anya Hindmarch for her playfulness and Bottega Veneta for craftsmanship.

What makes your line innovative and worth of overall?
We exist to innovate. With that in mind we made it our mission to create timeless pieces that provide women the opportunity to accessorise their handbag with a handle of their choice. We are the first handbag brand to offer interchangeable handles with all of our handbags. Each of our handbags embody a casual elegant design, one where luxury and practical combined with a touch of personalisation. Ultimately, we want each handbag to be an extension of our customers' characters.Our handbags are designed in London and handcrafted by local artisans in Florence. Our handles are woven by influential female artisans who breathe life into our designs. Their story woven into our handles.

Bag Description
With its feminine silhouette and delicate blue aesthetic, the Celina Bag makes an elegant companion. Handcrafted in Italy from the finest pebble textured leather, this timeless design features interchangeable woven leather handles, a smooth cream cotton interior, zipped pockets, a classic snap closure, and our signature light gold hardware.Designed to add just a hint of colour to your everyday ensemble, this luxury handbag will take you from casual to classic with ease. Simply exchange the handles for another look, opt for the long cross-body strap, or remove completely to use as a clutch. Dimension 20 x 10 x 24 cm - $1066

Bag Description

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