"In a world full of trends, simplicity is sophistication."
At the intersection of simplicity and sophistication is a timeless design. Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that the most valuable and beloved products are minimalistic and designed with intent. This is the essence of the ectu brand.
ectu’s origins date back to 2015 when two friends - Elizabeth and Connie - planned an off-the-cuff girl’s getaway. While preparing for their trip, the duo searched for a suitable carry-all to port their personal essentials for the weekend sojourn. They came up empty-handed. At that time, available options included canvas duffels, athletic gym bags, backpacks, and wheeled suitcases; feminine and elegant weekenders were off the radar.
It was this pivotal moment when these two friends decided to embark on a journey to set a new standard in how women wear their essential personal items near and far. After much research, prototyping, and various iterations (all terrific excuses to take the samples for test runs on weekend trips, by the way) – at last, a clever and clean collection of leather weekenders was born.
With a sleek, minimalist edge and supple leather build, ectu’s pieces are crafted for those who appreciate modern and contemporary aesthetics that harmonizes with their sophisticated presence. The svelte collection brings to surface the charm of classic elements and understated shapes that make each ectu bag the perfect solution to a multi-dimensional lifestyle.
Combining functionality, luxury, and heritage, ectu embodies a well-edited compilation for modern working professionals who value what is honest and true about artistry, craftsmanship, and durability.
ectu is designed for those who get out of there comfort zones – but still, want to be practical and chic. Like the few items we truly cherish, ectu is rooted in the wearer’s sense of self. In a world where so much is made for one-time use, we believe it’s important to invite those items of special significance and gravitas into our inner circle and seize timeless beauty, wherever the journey takes you.
EXCELLENCE IN QUALITY
ectu is synonymous with exceptional quality.
It wasn’t until after an exhaustive search across Europe that we identified two factories, one in Ubrique, Spain, and another in Florence, Italy that ticked all our boxes. Only once we discovered these two factories, world-renowned for their leather traditions and a treasured artisanal wellspring behind other luxury brands, did we start creating these exquisite pieces. We lean on their leather legacy cultivated over generations in the execution of each ectu weekender, from accessing and tanning the finest leather hides, to joining and stitching; ectu bags are assembled by the knowledgeable hands of a select few artisans that dedicate their know-how to our collection. Every detail, down to the last stitch of each bag has been examined and handled for excellence.
Our commitment to quality extends not only to concept and design but the materials we choose to construct each piece. We’ve searched, sampled, and tested many tanneries in order to find the best Italian leather for our luxury travel bags. All our weekenders are made from full grain Italian calfskin. Full grain leather is considered the highest quality as it comes from the most desirable part of the animal skin. The result is a lineup of timeless sophistication crafted by experts in their trade. Each piece is treated to protect against most scratches and everyday travel use and designed to be loved and endure all of life’s escapades.