Charlie Middleton is an Australian-born leather accessories label that focuses on timeless design, functionality and quality of construction.

Handcrafted by owner Ben Thompson (former Carpenter and Menswear Designer) , and his team of designers, in a boutique studio based in Bondi, the beautifully designed bags range from coin purses and clutches, to travel bags, and of course their signature bespoke totes. The totes are made-to-order with a choice of more than 40 butterfly-soft leather colours sourced from around the world – think feminine soft blush and nude tones right through to sophisticated and practical black – four handle colours and three hardware options.

When it comes to handbags I am one of those girls who carries her whole life in her handbag (wallet, phone, snacks, emergency poncho), so I need a tote that is going to be able to withstand the weight of my very heavy life! Charlie Middleton totes have been tested to hold more than 100 kilograms and the handles are triple-stitched using a heavy German thread so you know they are going to be able to endure the weight of a heavy and full life.

The whole collection is designed with the intention of giving customers years of fashionable and trouble free use, and with every piece lovingly handmade, in the 11 years since Charlie Middleton’s inception Thompson has had an unbelievably low return rate of around 1 item in 1000.


Prices range from $35.00 for coin purses, with totes starting at around $249. Available in studio and online at


Address: 257 Bondi Rd, Bondi Beach NSW.

Open from 10am, seven days.

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