Leather Handbags - Handmade in Canada

Toronto, Canada 2208 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Leather Handbags - Handmade in Canada

Toronto, Canada | 2208 Sales

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Karen Kalashnik

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Karen Kalashnik


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About karenkalashnik

Sales 2,208
On Etsy since 2011

Self-Made Leather Handbag Designer

From a very young age Karen Kalashnik always loved to create. From clothing, to cards, to gifts, you name it, she's handmade it. This passion for creating fueled her desire to eventually open her own business making leather handbags. In early 2011 Karen finally quit the corporate world and began designing leather handbags full time.

With little sewing training, Karen bought some leather, got a heavy duty sewing machine and went to work to create her first leather handbag. With little formal sewing training, Karen taught herself how to make handbags by looking at pictures of handbags, taking the handbag pieces apart in her mind, creating her own leather pattern pieces, then putting them together to recreate the same bag. This technique has taken a while to perfect and now Karen uses only the best techniques from previous experience to create her own unique handbags.

Karen buys most of her leather at a family run store in Toronto and one in New York City. These two stores carry enough leather selection for Karen to be able to make almost any colour handbag imaginable. Most of the hardware on Karen's bags come from a few trusted stores in Asia, Toronto, and even a few stores here on Etsy. Etsy has been a great success for Karen and she believes that giving back to other stores on Etsy means passing on her good fortune to them too.

Karen has taken her business from a dream and made it reality and has no plans to slow down!

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  • Karen Kalashnik

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Running the show on all levels! Designing, cutting, sewing, shipping, customer service ❤️

Shop policies

Last updated on April 15, 2016
Thanks for coming to see my shop. I hope you love my bags as much as I love making them.

Send me a convo if you have any questions about my bags or my policies.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges

Regular items in my shop may be returned for a refund if you are not completely in love with your bag. Bags must be mailed back within 5 days of being received. I will refund the cost of the bag LESS any shipping cost, duties, or customs fees.


Custom orders may only be returned if I think they can be resold. Customs orders that aren't able to be resold may be returned for a store credit only.

Karen Kalashnik accepts credit card payments via PayPal or Etsy. Bags will be shipped to the address on file with PayPal or Etsy. Message me if you need me to ship it to another address that is not on file.


HST will be applied to purchases being shipped to an address in Canada in the following provinces: Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. No sales tax will be added to any US or other international orders.


All bags are made with the best materials and leather that are handpicked by Karen Kalashnik herself. Prices displayed do not include shipping or taxes (where applicable). If you have any questions about the prices of my bags please send me a convo.


Discount coupon codes are given to all customers who buy a bag from my shop. This entitles returning customers to 15% off all future purchases from my store. I'm so happy when customers return to buy another bag so I want them to enjoy a discount for choosing me again :)


If you change your mind and want to have your money returned before I ship the bag please message me and I will send you a refund.

All bags are shipped with a tracking number to insure they arrive in good condition and so they can be tracked along the way. The shipping cost also includes insurance in case your bag gets lost in the mail.


Bags are shipped via Canada Post only.


Standard delivery times for Canada: 2-3 business days
Standard delivery times for the US: 4-5 business days
Standard delivery times for all other international orders: 10-21 business days

** Sometimes items may be held up in customs for longer than expected and this delays expected delivery. Unfortunately I have no control over this. If you have any questions about the customs in your country you must call your national postal system not Canada Post.


All bags are sent with a tracking number. Canadian and US orders may be tracked at www.canadapost.ca

For all other international orders you can track them on the Canada Post website until they leave Canada and then after that they can be tracked on your national postal system's website. If the item is held up in customs there may be blank information for the tracking information until it is released from customs.


Customs fees differ by country. Please reseach your country's customs, import, and duty fees before buying because you may be subject to paying those fees before you can receive your item(s). The customer is responsible for paying all customs fees, import fees, and duty associated with their purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders and wholesale orders are welcome.