it isn't exactly known as a cradle of artisanal luxury goods as are italy, france or even britain, but with the increasing appreciation of the finer things in life in recent times, things are slowly taking a different turn in the netherlands. spawning from this new mindset is ree projects, an emerging luxury brand set up by amsterdam-based designer desiree kleinen. trained as a fashion designer, kleinen has honed her skills at a number of leading brands, and this venture is the outcome of a search for a new and personal definition of luxury. the concise collection of meticulously handcrafted bags is inspired by the zen aesthetic and philosophy of japanese culture, and captured by high-quality and naturally tanned italian leather. ree projects' first collection comprises of just five models, a tote bag, a bucket bag, a shoulder bag, and both a large and small-sized clutch. each model comes in both black and camel, and is lined with leather. ree projects bags are available at select stores in the netherlands, belgium and switzerland, but if you reside elsewhere, all items can also be purchased online.