1 Per Diem is a New York-based collection of hand crafted leather accessories that are manufactured locally from top European leathers and exotic skins. Bags by 1 Per Diem are lined in suede and finished with hand stitching and nickel hardware, giving them the look of having been part of your life forever. Every bag is named after a street in New York that is of personal importance to designer Vanessa Espinosa, who moved from the Philippines to the US with two suitcases ten years ago.
The aesthetic of 1 Per Diem is based on the maxim that “form follows function.” The bags take some of the best elements of designs of the past and update them for today’s needs.
The Crosby is the ultimate multi-tasker’s satchel, and is one of our favorites. It’s perfect for everyday use as well as travel, because it has numerous compartments to keep your wallet, smart phone, keys, gloves, and other necessities organized. The Crosby is made from full-grain Italian black leather that’s designed to take on its own unique look over time. The trim is made from premium African ring-marked lizard skin.
The Bowery, made from pebbled lambskin, is a cross-body bag that’s big enough for everyday, yet sleek enough for evening too. It’s made from Italian washed lambskin that becomes more beautiful with age. It has a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap, so it goes from a shoulder bag to an evening handbag with ease.