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RODTNES was founded in the spring of 2012 by architect and designer Mette Rodtnes.

RODTNES creates exquisite leather goods from premium natural leathers. The brand’s design philosophy is rooted in the modern, nordic design tradition; functional, minimalistic and with careful attention to detail.

The RODTNES signature is the exquisite quality of materials and designs that suggest something new but made to last far beyond fast-trend fashion.


The RODTNES collection is only available on the RODTNES webshop. This means that we are able to offer you a price on this collection that is 50% lower, than if it was also marketed by retailers.

RODTNES is born out of a frustration that by subjecting to the traditional marketing structure, it is not possible to create bags under dignified working conditions and in high quality materials, while also being able to offer attractive prices. However, when we change this structure, everything changes.

Below is an illustration of what this means. It shows what the Robin Tote would cost, if marketed traditionally, as well as the price we are able to offer you, when we only make it available on the RODTNES webshop.

Read more about the RODTNES concept here.


Mette Rodtnes is an experienced and award winning architect with an inherent passion for design, aesthetics, architecture and interior design.

Mette still works as an architect and designer within interior design, but she also uses the her design skills to develop new bags and small leather goods for RODTNES. No matter which scale she works in, the attention to detail, the understanding of proportions and the critical approach to quality is the same.

Mette constantly strives to merge the very different roles of a bag in the best possible way: the pragmatic role of being a functional container and the much more intangible role of being a style statement.

“A bag goes everywhere with you, it meets basic, daily functional needs, it offers experiences of visual beauty as well as sensouos experiences: a good leather bag smells great and is soft to the touch. Furthermore, a handbag is an ‘identity amplifier’. Whether a woman carries a canvas tote from an underground label in Berlin or a crocodile clutch from an exclusive French brand, it tells you something about her. You get a sense of who she is. Choosing a handbag that you like, is choosing a handbag that tells people who you are. For me, this is the most fascinating aspect of designing.”
Mette Rodtnes, Founder & Designer