The Radiant Agnes Baddoo and Her Magic Leather Goods

Photographed by Nicki Sebastian

There are certain people with whom connection is immediate, a certain mutual admiration passing between you from the second you meet. That is exactly what happened when I met Agnes a few years ago through a mutual friend. Agnes is undoubtedly a force. There is a kindness deep in her eyes, and a softness in her heart that is evident in the raw honesty and way she discloses about her life - directly to the important stuff! She is known in the Los Angeles community not only for her radiant personality but also for her cult favorite bags. The simple designs, high quality material and tried and true shapes of her locally and traditionally made leather goods have captured the hearts and attention of many. She started small at the Echo Park Craft Fair, with her first season selling out within hours. I personally have a few of her pieces (The Sac 2, Belt Sac and the Canvas Foldover clutch - coming back to her website soon!), which I constantly get compliments on, and they are only getting better with time and love and wear.

We were thrilled to meet Agnes for a shoot recently at her friend’s art space (thanks for letting us use the space Kieley Kimmel!), which doubles as a showroom. With natural light flooding in through tall windows, we savored sweet goodies from Canter’s and chatted about photo 101, later laughing our way through a practice of ‘perspective’ on nearby train tracks. Each piece she wore came to life with her magic - a magic that these photographs seem to capture perfectly, every moment of eye contact with the camera lens a glimpse into the unique artist and being that is Agnes!

– MK

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Agnes wearing the Charlotte Dress in Golden Hour - pictured with her bags

Agnes wearing the Harper Top in Salt and The Salvadore Espadrilles in Sunny

Agnes wearing the Oleander Dress and Salvadore Espadrilles in Milky Way

Agnes wearing the Oleander Dress

Agnes wearing the Charlotte Dress in Golden Hour - pictured with her bags

Agnes wearing the Rose Top in Rust Ditsy Floral