For Elena a bag is a shell. A shell is usually perceived as a hard and rigid boundary between exterior and interior, public and private but a handbag represents a different kind of shell: A Malleable Shell.
Elena Vandelli Stavropoulou, is a Greek Italian architect, specialized in bioclimatic architecture and sustainable design.
She has a strong passion for handcrafted objects.
In 2014, she launched the brand Elena Vandelli Bags, signing a leather and canvas bags design collection, and in 2017 she created the brand Elena Vandelli Ceramics. She uses clay as a medium to create functional wares and unique sculptural items.