Manjerica aims to create quality pieces with a timeless appeal and functionality, inspired by the unique point of view of the designer and founder Teresa Bettencourt, greatly influenced by her homeland, the Azores islands.
We are committed to sincere quality, honest production and conscious design, producing each bag in Portugal with the finest Italian materials. Based in Lisbon, we present a new luxury concept of design and craftsmanship at a fair price, combined with responsible and sustainable practices.
Teresa Bettencourt was born in a small island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. The Azores, a magical place, surrounded by the strong blue sea, the freckled green, deep sky and volcanic lands that, inevitably left a mark.
Her childhood was spent between the countryside and the seaside, everything close and intense. All the wild and mysterious abundance of these islands is reflected on the way she expresses her art.
"I still remember the feeling of climbing the old mandarin tree up to its highest branch. A moment of deep respect, admiration and, especially, a full extension and integration with this other being. "
By navigating throughout her dearest memories from her homeland, Teresa explores the influence of Nature and her childhood life on the island, playing with vibrant colors, shapes and a laidback functional style. From her mother Amália to her grandmother Zizita, each bag has a special name of someone who is important in her life.
“Everything I create has to have a meaning and a story behind it. So when you wear a Manjerica, you are taking all these stories and memories with you, and creating your own. That's the beauty of it!"
All our bags are handmade in Portugal using traditional techniques. We source the finest quality Italian leather to produce modern classics, designed to last. We always look for certified materials with production within the EU. It takes artisans up to ten days to complete a single piece, which is a testament to their careful and skilled craftsmanship.
Our products also respond to the modern life woman, with function and aesthetic combined to add multiple ways of usage. Our mission is that you could wear your Manjerica for several years, passing down to your children a quality piece full of memories and meaning.
We believe that tradition and craft together create "something" special, able to elevate a product into a unique piece of art. Manjerica supports local artisans by keeping 100% production in Portugal and by seeking out european materials.
Sr. Fernando and his family have been producing leather bags for over 40 years and have dedicated their life and their mastery to these objects. Their knowledge and manual skills were passed down from generation to generation to provide the distinct personality of our Manjerica bags. We have worked with them since the very beginning and we are proud to continue to support and work closely with such inspiring people.
And so the Manjericas come to life in Portugal, with care and devotion, with the firm belief that all pieces should carry a special memory.
We are not bounded by the constraints of the fashion calender and seasons. And so we create and produce our Manjericas without the hurrys of fast fashion, creating a more meaningful product and that could live for itself and not for the trends, resulting in low stock wastage. We believe our pieces should travel through time, sharing beautiful memories and passing down to the next generation. Investing in quality pieces with a timeless style that speaks close to the heart, will transform any manjerica into a beloved charm.
Over the years, Manjerica have been increasing the use of Vegetable Tanned Leather wich is tanned using tannins extracted from vegetable matter, such as tree bark mills. Besides being the oldest known method, no chemicals are used in the process, making it more sustainable to the planet.
Our packaging was created not only to protect the Manjerica bag during shipping, but also to be kept after the Manjerica experience. It is a beautiful luxury box, that clients can use afterwards to store and organize their things or even to decorate their homes.
This sustainable approach to design lows the impact on the planet and mitigate the abusive consumption of things. We believe in Less Quantity and More Quality, leading the way to a new meaning of Luxury, the New Luxury.
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