Growing up in Indonesia, llora’s founder Ling Fu frequented her family’s timber mills surrounded with lush trees and forests waiting to be transformed into intricately carved chairs and commodes. Fu developed a great appreciation and respect for the artisans and their process, which later served as inspiration—along with the beauty of her beloved Indonesian woods—for her foray in furniture design. After successfully helming her own furniture business, she began exploring new creative outlets and turned her attention to handbags. Believing there was gap in the market for bags that showcased the exquisite qualities of crocodile leather, Fu founded her line llora in 2015.
To Ling Fu, llora is more than a brand name—it is a portmanteau of familial initials: L for her name, O because all the girls in her family were born in October, and RA is part of Fu’s Indonesian last name, Rahardjo. In fact, much of Fu’s inspiration stems from her family, personal experiences, and time spent in Indonesia. Her husband, architect Soo K. Chan, designed their family vacation home (and eco-resort) in Bali, surrounded by rice fields, mountainous landscapes, and black sand beaches—all serving as inspiration for the talented designer.
Practicality, beauty, form, and function have been the driving factors for llora from the start. Each style is designed by Fu and then handcrafted from ethically sourced crocodile and hand-stitched by skilled artisans. Due to the delicate nature of the exotic skin, each limited-edition llora bag takes, at minimum, half a year to produce. Paying meticulous attention to detail, Fu selects the leather based on scale, symmetry, and how evenly the dye transfers to the leather. The structured, timeless bags are then completed with minimalist high-quality embellishments including Italian highly galvanized metal hardware and her trademark semi-precious stones sourced from around the globe. Both finishing touches are selected not only for their exquisite properties, but also for the specific energies Fu believes they impart to the wearer.
Superior craftsmanship and thorough attention to detail are evident in the brand’s show-stopping styles, now available exclusively at Barneys. The line ranges from sophisticated clutches to sleek satchels and shoulder bags, all featuring clean lines and containing a matching travel mirror. Marrying form and function with high style, the Teresa Shoulder Bag is composed of luxe, glossy crocodile and designed with three pockets for maximum organization. Each Sam Satchel is embellished at the clever slip-through tab closure with a semi-precious stone set in polished palladium.
The functional details, structural form, and classic style of the artisanal bags are Fu’s way of bringing joy to the wearer. Believing “you have to look good and feel good,” Fu’s mission to achieve the perfect harmony between beauty and functionality can be seen throughout her collection.