Amany has spent considerable time and energy to establish a process to create her handbags in a way that is sustainable for our planet and has the endurance to last for generations. Her step-by-step process passes through several professional ateliers using the highest standards before it finds a home on your arm. It begins with the most OG material in existence, wood. Many of the other handbags you see at your favorite designer store are often made from leather, fabric, vinyl polypropylene and even rubber. Materials like these use way more embodied energy than the processing of wood does. Wood makes a great substitute not only for longevity but also in the extremely low toxin level it affords as compared to other materials who require a larger amount of fossil fuels to produce.
Each piece is crafted exclusively in the United States from the beginning of the steam process to the packaging of the final product. Our products set themselves apart by their uncommon uniqueness along with a practical and utilitarian nature that succeeds in delivering a minimal alternative to traditional luxury accessories.
"I am devoted to creating something beautiful, eco-friendly and minimal that women from all walks of life could proudly wear to give them that unique sense of style.” - Amany Zama
The vision for AmanyZ designer bags began two decades ago in the small, West African country of Cameroon. It was there that designer Amany Zama watched and learned from her grandfather, a local carpenter. With nothing more than a few hand tools and a passion for his craft he created beautiful woodwork through a process called steam bending. Imbued with ancient history, steam bending is an eco-friendly process of bending wood that is almost as old as humanity itself, once critical to the construction of boats, dwellings, tools and weapons. This learned process, combined with Zama’s affection for creating aspiring art, education in architecture and her love for fashion, evoked in her and admiration for designer handbags. Honoring her grandfather she has brought the ancient practice of steam-bending back to life in the creation of her unique and exclusive handbags.