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Designer's Story

Product designer Nneka Onyenakala leads design at N'Damus London. Read on to learn about her background and inspiration behind creating the brand. 

Image © N'Damus Limited 2017. All rights reserved.

N'Damus ('En-Dah-Mus') meaning: 

The company takes its name from a combination between the founder's Igbo name 'Nneka' & the Latin word 'Damus'.

Nneka in Igbo translates to 'Mother is supreme...the best.' Damus = 'we give...offer'. She devised the name when remembering what she was taught as a child and through her education.  "We all have been given unique gifts and talents to help us fulfill our full potential, all of which should not be wasted or stored but rather nourished & shared."

About the designer:

Nneka spent the formative years of her life living in NY. During childhood, she attended the Metropolitan School for the Arts where she learned to play the violin, piano and clarinet. Her father was a social photographer in the 1970’s which inspired her to start photography as a hobby. She carefully keeps all of her father’s vintage camera’s due to her strong sense of family and their love of shared hobbies as well as the collection of quality & unique products which stand the test of time. Each item tells a story of her childhood and life.

Above: A family mix: Nneka's grandmother's traditional Igbo 'George' fabric & modern day 'George' fabric, Nneka's father's vintage Kodak camera.  Image © N'Damus Limited 2017. All rights reserved.

Her family’s Nigerian Igbo heritage plays a strong role in her life from traditions, strong work ethic and family values. Snippets of this can be seen in traditional materials and lining used in her early bag creations.  

Above: N'Damus London African print Abstract Rose clutch. Image taken by Nneka © 2006. All rights reserved.

Growing up in London has also galvanised her love of the mix of people and cultures seen on a daily basis. 
Travelling the world also inspires her love of bold colours & palettes, nature, fashion & design.  Key factors in the design & production of N'Damus London products.

Above: Fruit market in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Image taken by Nneka © 2007. All rights reserved.

Nneka comes from a family of medical professionals. The most influential member in this class being her mother, a Registered Nurse. Educated with a first degree in Biomedical Science illustrates the curious nature of our designer. Science tells us there is always a way to find a solution to something. The ability to find a solution to creating eye-catching & unique products for everyone was key to becoming a self-taught designer. The mind of a scientist encompasses meticulous attention to detail and getting things right. A strong ethos in the development, selection & manufacturing of N'Damus products within the N’Damus London brand. 


Image © N'Damus Limited 2017. All rights reserved.

"Our journey has been blessed, joyous and inspiring. Eternal gratitude to my older brothers whom have been my strength, backbone, cushion & guiding light. Thank you for all whom have supported us from the beginning and those whom have joined & continue to travel on our journey with us." Nneka

Above: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Image taken by Nneka © 2007. All rights reserved.

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Summer SALE

Summer SALE

Shop the SALE season of colour confidence. Save 20% off ALL BAGS with discount code: SUMMER20.

The best looks, trends, inspiration, and shopping picks for summer style. To help give you some style inspiration; here are our top 4 best selling must-have accessories this summer:

Regency Blue Travel Bag

Featured in the Financial Times 'How to Spend It' our Regency travel bag defines precision British craftsmanship and quintessential style. Handmade in a family factory in London using full grain, vegetable tanned luxury cow leather. The perfect everyday, weekend, overnight and travel carry-on bag.  Was £725.00. Now £580.00 with discount code SUMMER20.

 

Victoria Saddle Bag

Our iconic Victoria natural leather cross-body bag is a beautiful, modern take on a classic bag. Accented with brass hardware, this cross-body bag exudes the N'Damus London label's elegant aesthetic. Carry your everyday & evening essentials in style.  Was £325.00 Now £260.00 with discount code SUMMER20.

 

Classic Saddle Bag

A modern take on a classic favourite. Classically styled leather bags made in a vibrant array of colours. Perfect for picnics, brunches & festival summer days.

Handmade in London, England. Was £80.00 Now £64.00 with discount code SUMMER20.

Helena Satchel Bag

The perfectly petite bag for carrying daily essentials in style. Was £85.00 Now £68.00 with discount code SUMMER20.



 

Find your style with N'Damus London.

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The Bank Holiday Wishlist

The Bank Holiday Wishlist

This Easter, we are celebrating an excellent start to the year here at N’Damus London HQ. We have been flying the flag for British style, featuring on prime time American chat shows and gaining new customers from across the world!

We couldn't possibly thank you enough for your support in championing our quality hand-made designs. Therefore, we would love for you to treat yourself this bank holiday to a huge 20% off everything, including our new season accessories and sale items! But hurry, many of our designs are limited edition and the discount code EASTER expires at midnight on Monday.

To help give you some style inspiration; here are our top 3 must-have accessories this bank holiday:

Helena Plum Mini Satchel

Petite in size, big in wow factor, you will turn heads everywhere you go as you carry your everyday essentials in style. Was £85, Now £68 with discount code EASTER.


Victoria Blue Saddle Bag

Be bright, be bold, be blue. Stylish yet iconic, this classic design will become your go to handbag during these brighter days. Was £325 Now £260 with discount code EASTER.



iPad Mini Sleeves

Made from ethically sourced genuine leather and exotic animal skins, we guarantee you will own your business meetings with one of our stylish and unique iPad sleeves. Prices start from £60, with discount £48


Our bank holiday 20% discount code expires at midnight on Monday 17th May.


Find your style with N'Damus London.

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SLAY DAY

SLAY DAY

Saddle Bags

N’Damus LONDON is taking the world by storm! We were blown away when we saw our saddle bag feature in the popular US daytime chat show @therealdaytime

Featuring in their ‘The Real Slay Day’, our American friends are loving the iconic British style the N’Damus LONDON designs have become internationally recognised for.

Saddle Bags

Since featuring on the FOX network TV show, we have been inundated with orders for our handmade 100% leather saddle bag!

Exclusively made right here in London, our Saddle Bags are handmade from premium leather and designed to portray a modern take on an iconic favourite. Our classically styled leather bags made in a vibrant array of colours.

Find your style at ndamus.com

Saddle Bags

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The Under £100 Collection: Helena

The Under £100 Collection: Helena

New season, new handbag? Oh if you insist.

Inspired by our customers love for satchel bags and their need for versatile accessories, we are proud to present our new under £100 handbag collection - Helena.

Smaller in size yet still jam-packed with all of the exclusive handmade qualities our iconic designs are recognised for, Helena looks set to become your stylish go-to bag this season. 

As the days get warmer and nights get lighter (finally!) our newest collection has been designed to complement your changing wardrobe this Spring.

Perfectly petite to fit your day-to-day essentials, the strap can be worn either across the body for Soho street style or over the shoulder for a more subtle look.

The brass colour clasp gives the modern design a vintage chic feel. What’s not to love about this brilliantly British satchel bag?

Oh, did we mention that Helena is available in a huge rainbow of 9 different colours?!

Satchel Bag

While Helena is a typically British name; in Greek it means ‘the bright one’. We chose this name as we felt it suited her luxurious leather and hand stitched detail down to a tea.

When selecting the colour palette for this collection, we opted for a diverse variety as we wanted each colour to represent the individuality of our customers style.

From bright yellow to eye-catching orange; through to on-trend grey and classic black, we encourage you to express your true inner style with the help of our Helena satchel bag.

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Embrace the bright colours and turn your everyday outfit into an instant head turner with our super stylish micro satchel bags.

Available for just £85.00, all of our handbags are extremely limited edition due to the handmade craftsmanship created from 100% premium leather.  They will sell out quickly so don’t miss out!

Shop Helena here.

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Spring 17 Trend: Oversize.

Spring 17 Trend: Oversize.

Step into Spring with our favourite trend from London Fashion Week:

Oversize Tote Bags.

Marc Jacobs, Marni & Loewe accessorised their LFW 17 looks with oversized bags that we simply adore!

With retailers now charging for shopping bags, it’s no wonder that we are seeing Tote Bags steal the show as one of Spring's hottest bag trends.

The beauty of this particular trend is that your investment can be used as a day bag, shopping bag or even used for a weekend away! With a multitude of purposes, can you really afford not to keep on-trend this season?

If after Fashion Week you’ve been left dreaming of an endless pay check (don’t we all!) then fear not! Our on-trend Tote bags ensure you get the look for less; without compromising style or quality.

Our classic N’Damus Grey will guarantee you get that fresh off the catwalk look thanks to her 100% premium hand-made leather. Mixing this season's hottest colour - grey, with classic tan coloured detachable straps makes this one of our most popular Tote Bag designs available for just £210.00 (a fraction of the catwalk price!).

Or if you’re looking to walk straight off the catwalk and onto the wild side then The Leopard is roaring out for your attention. A showstopper, head turner, crowd pleaser, stand out from the crowd and let your oversize leopard print tote bag do the talking.

Update the fierceness of your style for just £299.99 (was £629.99!).

Stay on trend with oversize accessories and shop our Tote Bags here.

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Meet Victoria.

Meet Victoria.

Victoria Saddle Bag

The Brilliantly British Bag Guide: Victoria is our newest design and she's ready to reign your wardrobe.

As we bid farewell to the winter months and rejoice as the glimmer of sunshine hits the streets of London it can only mean one thing - it’s time to update our style!

After a successful 2016 we are proud to fly the flag for Britain as our designs and brand ethos continues to build a following on an international scale.

Our love of London and the history our city radiates has inspired our newest design suitably named after royalty, Victoria.

As the names suggest, our brand new saddle bag design represents a look of classic elegance that demands attention. Available in an array of eye-catching colours; every single design is uniquely hand-made right here in London. We ensure that our accessories are made from only the finest 100% leather to guarantee exceptional quality in a sleek and modern design.

Victoria Saddle Bag

We caught up with our designer Nneka, to find out what inspired her latest handbag designs.

“I love adding a twist on a classic design. It’s important to me that all of my accessories are simple yet functional; but always with exceptional character. From the colour I choose to the position of the strap, I am constantly inspired by the streets of London. 

VictoriaI love that I can hand-make designs that will last a lifetime in terms of style and the quality of leather. I hope that Victoria will become the style staple she was destined to be.” Nneka, N’Damus Designer & Founder

How To Wear?

The beauty of our accessories is that they have been designed for everyday use to give our N’Damus customers the greatest value for money. From stylish daywear to an important business meeting or exclusive event attendance; our versatile designs ensure exquisite & brilliantly British style can be adored at all times of the day.

Victoria Saddle Bag

Shop Victoria Here. 

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