Croatian design spotlight – Danijela Bilic

I know it’s been long since I wrote a post and I am really working on getting my schedule in order so I can write (and smell) more often.
In the meantime, I want to share with you some of the Croatian designers I discovered in the last months (some even years) that I think do a wonderful job with addition that their stuff is actually affordable to most people.
I also admire them for the fact that they decided to follow their passion. I sometimes wonder if something is wrong with me that I have general interests but don’t feel so passionate about any of them (I’m blaming it all on being an Aquarius).

So today, my first choice is Danijela Bilic who creates absolutely wonderful bags. Her designs can be found on Facebook and I am posting some of my favorite designs here (those among which I cannot decide). 🙂

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The idea behind the bags is to wear a little piece of art and well, I can completely see that. The size of most of the bags is around 30 cm in diameter and they are made of artificial leather. The size seems perfect and all bags are handmade by Danijela herself.

The whole idea started with Danijela making a bag for her sister (that’s what she wrote in one of the posts on Facebook) and after receiving great feedback, a collection started to form. All this happened some 4 years ago and I’m ashamed to admit that I only found out about the bags a month ago. 🙂

Well, better late than never. 😉

So, go check out her whole collection and see if you could decide which one you like the best.


P.S.I love the look of Twilight but for a change, I’d like a bag that isn’t black so now I’m having a hard time deciding which color to choose.

There is time until my birthday yet… 😉


Pictures used with permission from Danijela (all hers).

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15 thoughts on “Croatian design spotlight – Danijela Bilic

  1. Lyubov November 28, 2014 at 11:44 Reply

    Gorgeous! I think that the purple (or Bordeaux red) is safe for black color addicts! And the blue, as well But I mostly like the green and the light violet color! I am a fan from now on! Thanks for sharing!


    • Ines November 28, 2014 at 12:23 Reply

      I think so too! 🙂
      I am leaning toward blue and that coral-orange.


  2. Tara November 28, 2014 at 12:17 Reply

    Really enjoyed going virtual shopping, Ines. These bags are stunning. Definitely wearable art. I can’t decide between Forest Star and the Andromeda in black. Love that they aren’t tiny either. I’m going to enjoy this series!


    • Ines November 28, 2014 at 12:25 Reply

      Thanks Tara. I’ll enjoy doing this series. 🙂 I already have the next 2 posts in my head.
      And who knows, maybe some of my readers decide to buy something Croatian… 😉


  3. Asali November 28, 2014 at 14:53 Reply

    The gold one- WANT!


    • Ines November 30, 2014 at 23:04 Reply

      😀 Yes, that one is great.


  4. Undina November 30, 2014 at 01:09 Reply

    I don’t like artificial leather so I wouldn’t use any of the purses, but I’d love to buy at least several of those had they been made in tiny sizes a jewelry : -)


    • Ines November 30, 2014 at 23:05 Reply

      How come you don’t like artificial leather? I’m just curious.
      Hmm, jewelry… Interesting idea as the designs are very nice. 🙂


      • Undina December 1, 2014 at 09:23 Reply

        I’m not exactly sure I understand the question so if it was a rhetorical one I’m sorry for trying to answer. The best artificial leather is never as good as good leather leather and since inmost cases it’s not a question of necessity, I do not see a point in using anything made of an artificial leather. Something like that.


        • Ines December 3, 2014 at 12:06 Reply

          No, it wasn’t rhetorical, I just wondered why. 🙂


  5. Suzanne November 30, 2014 at 19:16 Reply

    This is a great idea for a series, Ines! These bags are exquisite … I so want the Black Dahlia one!!!

    When I was decanting perfumes, I once sold a decant of Cartier L’Heure Fougueuse to a Croatian jewelry designer who now lives in NYC and who is enjoying great success with her business. I’ll have to see if I can find her site again so that I can send it to you via email. (Just so that you can see her designs because I think they would appeal to you.) Also, on another Croatia related note: last night Mark and I watched Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations episode on Croatia. It really, really made me want to visit your country (on top of the incentive of seeing you, my dear!)


    • Ines November 30, 2014 at 23:07 Reply

      I’m so glad you like the bags. I think they are exquisite too.
      And yes please, send the name of that Croatian designer. I’d love to know more.

      I keep promoting my country any way I can but obviously not as well as Anthony, but still, yes, you need to visit. 😀


  6. Vanessa December 3, 2014 at 01:32 Reply

    I was drawn to Andromeda and Dahlia, and am happy enough to have black. But oh my goodness, there is one called Royal Macaron. Has Birgit seen these?? 😉


    • Ines December 3, 2014 at 12:07 Reply

      I think not (isn’t she in NY at the moment)?
      I’m still considering which design I like the best… 🙂


  7. Linda Paulic October 31, 2022 at 20:28 Reply

    Prelipe torbice.svaka cast na ideji.


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