One of my favourite things about working in the fashion industry is discovering up-and-coming brands. There are so many talented new designers out there, it's much more interesting to choose young labels, support new talent and wear something different instead of head-to-toe Topshop or Zara.

Grey leather Rusi Designs handbag on London fashion blogger Emma Louise Layla
doubling up with a grey and black shirt dress from British brand Lavish Alice

One of the designers I came across when I attended Pure in February was Rusi Designs, by Georgian-born, Bangkok-based British designer Rusi Hancock, who produces handmade luxury handbags, clutches and statement accessories using great quality leathers in a variety of colours, precious metals and a unique leopard motif logo. The bags are made in Thailand and exported internationally to Singapore, Paris, Mexico and London with more expansion plans lined up...

Rusi Designs grey leather Georgia cross body handbag

 Rusi kindly sent me the Georgia cross body bag in soft grey leather with silver hardware and I've received it so many compliments on it already - I love it and you'll love her bags too.