Vancouver based designer Larissa Stefani started her business, making belts at her dining room table. Stefani's fiercely unique style had always set her apart from the crowd before she even started her business. She had spent ten years working in the fashion business, before leaving it to start a family. After a devastating diagnosis of Lyme disease, Stefani felt she needed a distraction. She had long been obsessed with leather and felt there was a hole in the market for edgy-luxe handbags; bored with belt making, she started on handbags, and Lloyd and Wolf was born.
Says Stefani "my aesthetic is for clean streamlined design with edgy details. I prefer to let the leather be the focal point of any style, and am not interested in too many complicated details like pockets and zippers and fringe all over the place. My bags always serve a purpose for being, they are as functional and versatile as possible, yet streamlined, edgy but never fussy, and most definitely fierce." For Stefani, the idea of the ‘it bag’ is the polar opposite of what she strives for with the Lloyd and Wolf brand. “ I can’t stand standing next to someone who is wearing the same thing as I am, I really prefer to do my own thing, and so with my bags. I wanted to create exclusivity, and promote individuality, and by limiting my runs I think I’ve achieved that. “
Lloyd and Wolf is the juxtaposition between luxury and edge. Integral to the brand is the concept of not mass producing bags, keeping them precious. Stefani creates unique limited runs, and each bag is numbered like a limited edition piece of art. As well, Stefani uses only the most luxurious of leathers, the finest quality hardware, and only employs artisans, whose workmanship is excellent.
Lloyd and Wolf's bags have been seen on the arms of starlets and fashion editors, from Paris to New York, and have graced the pages of Fashion, Flare, In Style Magazine, BC Living Magazine, The Vancouver Sun, and the Province Newspaper. Described as Canada’s answer to Rebecca Minkoff by Fashion Magazine, her signature Abi bag was a top five finalist in the 2013 Independent Handbag Designer Awards in New York, and the only Canadian contender. In September of 2015, Larissa was also one of the finalists in Western Living Magazine’s Designers of the Year Awards in the Fashion Category.