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Elevating Women's Luxury Work Bags to Modern Careerpieces. Made in Italy.

modern careerpieces

made in italy

The Gallery

THrough her lens:

the photographs of clarissa boneT



In an exclusive commission for Harlen, acclaimed artist Clarissa Bonet imagined cityscapes punctuated by the brand's innovative and timeless Modern Careerpieces. Forging an inimitable vision through her camera lens, Bonet overlays her signature photographic style onto two pieces from the Collection — Line and Diag — harnessing the magic of natural light and shadows cast by the waning sun against the monolithic architecture of a quintessential American city. Harlen will be showcasing Bonet's magnificent photographs of its Collection here in The Gallery and across its channels throughout the fall. And the studio image of Diag in reflection, above, that now anchors our online experience is also a Bonet photograph.

Bonet is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago's selective Photography Master of Fine Arts program, and she holds a bachelor's degree in photography from the University of Central Florida. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Aperture Foundation, Magenta Foundation, and Catherine Edelman Gallery, and published worldwide in prestigious media like The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Photo, Harper's Bazaar, and Photo District News. And Bonet's visionary take on styles of the season is featured in the Fall Fashion 2019 issue of Chicago Magazine.

Bonet's photographs grace the permanent collections of the finest institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Southeast Museum of Photography, Haggerty Museum of Art, University Club Chicago, University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection.

Harlen’s Modern Careerpieces were created for professional women on the go. Each piece is elegantly designed, achieving a high level of functionality and beauty. Thinking through the concept for the shoot, I wanted to highlight these elements, so I photographed the pieces on the streets of Chicago, depicting the professional woman on the go, commuting to and from work, with the city as her backdrop.
— clarissa bonet

Elevate your work bag to a Modern Careerpiece


the collection



diag and curve: on wheels & ready to roll


This is DIAG.

About diagonals.
The zig and the zag.
Evoking movement and direction.
Where the important details lie.
The path of progress.
An inspiring direction for a life.



Why put your office and your life on wheels?

→ → → Read the New York Times article that inspired our founder ← ← ←



This is Curve.

Of learning; possibly steep.
Dame Zaha, Queen of the.
What life may throw.
(Embrace. Endure. And move on)



Line and Arc: lightweight styles to carry


This is LINE.

Because we cross them.
Read between them.
And color outside of them.


This is ARC.

De Triomphe.
Joan of.
Whose length = 2πR(C/360).
Of characters, stories, careers.
And of the moral universe, which bends toward justice.





Extraordinary women. They don't wait for power to come to them.  They take it.  They find the yes. They aspire. No one has it all figured out. But they don't let that stop them. A set back is a reset. They reflect and create an opportunity. Then another. They lead. They decide. That road less traveled? They light it up. They invest in their future — and the future of others. And they move | move | move forward. Introducing our new series: an exhibition of excellence, a study in significance — The Portraits.
Asha Rangappa with her Harlen Modern Careerpiece - Line in Tibetan Fur - at Yale

Asha Rangappa with her Harlen Modern Careerpiece - Line in Tibetan Fur - at Yale

A Princeton University and Yale Law School graduate, Fulbright Scholar, and former Special Agent in the New York Division of the FBI, Asha is a leading public intellectual, lending sound insight to cogently unpack national politics. Asha's writing has graced the pages of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. She has appeared on NPR, the BBC, and, of course, CNN.

Asha stays organized for her television appearances on CNN and her work at Yale with Line in Tibetan fur. Because every Modern Careerpiece includes our Organized Interior, she can find exactly what she needs exactly when she needs it. Computer, keys, phone, tablet, business cards — and more. Every piece in the Collection features the same interior spaces, so whether you choose to roll or to carry, you are ready for women's work.

Explore Line in Tibetan fur below.


made in italy


At Harlen, "made in Italy" has an exacting meaning.

It means . . . handcrafted by master Italian artisans in multi-generational Italian ateliers that have been creating the world's most exquisite leather goods for over 50 years.

It means . . . Italian leathers that conform to the highest environmental standards and are specially treated to withstand scratches, stains, and spills.

It means . . . signature, custom, palladium hardware forged in five Italian cities.

It means . . . Alcantara microsuede lining — also found in the interior of a Lamborghini.

It means . . . Raccagni Super-R zippers — also chosen by Tom Ford and Givenchy.

It means . . . the finest — and most durable — materials. All made in Italy.

Refined, meet resilient.

And it means hundreds, if not thousands, of meticulous movements by artists of incomparable skill to create each unique piece.

Because the envoy for your everything should be extraordinary.


And when you own a Harlen, you invest in our collective future:
You educate a child — one girl for one school year.
Tuition, fees, books, uniforms, mentoring + more.
Together, we move opportunity forward. 

designed for women who