About me

A French girl, living and designing in Houston, Texas.

My name is Gwen. When we moved from Paris to Houston in 2011, I discovered  that I like rodeos and cowboys, but I really like leather boots and bags – usually the more fringe the better!

In December 2013 – after a few english and sewing tutorials – I founded elphile, a brand  dedicated to timeless leather accessories made for stylish girls who embrace classic look with a twist to express their individual, authentic character.

My design philosophy combines my appreciation for the tradition of beautiful leather craft in Texas with my passionate belief that the emotional dimension of a product can be revealed through the right cut and the thoughtful selection of bold, sophisticated details. The result is a collection of totes, clutches, and purses – all handmade in my Texas studio, with a French touch.


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On most days, you’ll find me in my studio, exploring new styles, working on custom orders, and collaborating with my friends ( mostly other expats), who have supported my vision by serving as my photographers, web designers, models, translators, lifestyle coaches, fashion alchemists, and – of course – elphile devotees. If I’m not there, try to catch me in Memorial Park , where I love to get in my miles with fellow runners… Whatever I ‘m doing, it is always with the aim af achieving a well- balanced life, with a piece of sea salt chocolate in both hands.

Rock it your way!