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The Luxury Lifestyle List: Karen and Ellen Yates, founders of luxury bag company Taylor Yates

By LLM Reporters  |  May 26, 2021

We caught up with mother-daughter duo Karen and Ellen Yates, founders of understated luxury bag company Taylor Yates.

The brand’s abstract minimalist bags are designed in Ireland where much of the inspiration is taken by the surrounding environment of the north coast. Each bag is rooted with a personal touch and the essence of familial values. Taylor Yates prides itself on giving back, where the use of sustainable materials lies and also focuses on charity work.

My car of choice

It has to be electric, being kind to the planet is important to us, we love Tesla but the new Audi e-tron is on our list for sure.

My favourite holiday destination

We love the easy pace of life and sunshine of Europe, so it has to be living like a local in Palma or loving life in Ibiza. Sangria, sun and some heat! We can’t wait until we can get back there again.

My gadget I can’t live without

A little obvious but the iPhone is never far away, keeps us connected and allows so much flexibility and for us to keep our team updated wherever we find ourselves in the world.

My go to fashion brand

We tend to like understated, beautiful pieces, the brands change as we discover new ones, but we are currently loving Joseph and The Row. We also love finding pieces from Massimo Dutti and Cos for really great, long lasting pieces.

My airline of choice

We recently flew with British Airways for the first time in a while, their customer care and service make even a short trip feel like a treat.

My favourite watch brand

Watches have not been a huge thing for us, but we did recently buy one for my husband and opted for a beautiful Omega which we all loved.

My favourite restaurant

Where we live on the north coast of Ireland there is a group of family run restaurants called Ramore and their most recent addition is Basalt. They do amazing tapas and european inspired food with great cocktails – going there makes us feel like we’re in Palma when we can’t get there.

My guilty pleasure

We love a good Netflix binge every now and then, most recently it was the final season of How to Get Away with Murder starring Viola Davis who we absoultely love.

My favourite way to give back

We plant a tree for every handbag we sell and annually support a charity to help give women more choice. Giving back is at the heart of what we do and will always be at the forefront for us.