For the rare moments I’m not speaking, I like my accessories to do it for me. I love the idea of items that tell a story and spark a conversation, which is why the materials are the focus of the collection. The vegetable-tanned leather is interesting because it ages with you. With more wear, it gains character and speaks for itself.
— Lindsay Rubin

New York City-based label LOU ROU makes modern accessories for a woman who appreciates quality materials but prefers simple silhouettes.  

Lindsay Rubin decided to start LOU ROU following graduation from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2013 with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. After seeing a gap in the market between low-priced, fast fashion accessories and ultra-luxe expensive goods, she decided to make a few bags for her and her friends. Shortly after, she found an overwhelming demand to produce in a larger scale, so she launched her first line of accessories on online retailer Etsy, and they were a hit. In just a few months, Rubin sold through all of her inventory.

The core focus of the label is the beautiful vegetable-tanned leather, with details of novelty materials in classic, crisp silhouettes.