Owen Barry Womens Cowhide Backpack Shoulder Bag - Mathilde

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Mathilde is the iconic Owen Barry backpack with the ingenious signature handles that quickly and simply adapt it into a stunning drawstring shoulder bag. Contemporary clever desig... Read Full Description
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Mathilde is the iconic Owen Barry backpack with the ingenious signature handles that quickly and simply adapt it into a stunning drawstring shoulder bag.

Contemporary clever design with beautifully bespoke metalwork, this cowhide and leather combination backpack style has become one of the most recognisable bags in our collection.

Fully lined with both large internal leather and massive leather edged pockets, Mathilde is absolutely perfect for busy people who need the quick change from head-turning style to handsfree convenience.

With a magdot closure tucked under the drawstring, doubly secure the Mathilde backpack is perfect for travelling, whether around the world or just back and forth to work on bike or bus.

Mathilde looks sensational in a variety of cowhide and leather combinations, if you can't see the one you fancy, check out our bespoke area and we will be thrilled to help you put together the leather and/or cowhide combinations - that are individual to you.

The cowhide version only has leather on the front, with the leather on the back, thereby reducing rub and making it more comfortable and easier to slip on (as a backpack). 

When used as a shoulder bag, the depth of handle is generous enough to fit over a winter coat - so really NO excuse, what are you waiting for?  it will be the best bag investment you ever made!

The Owen Barry insignia is tastefully placed on the handle at the base of the bag, subtle but still there showing people that you have invested in the very best of British quality, styling and handcrafting.



  • Fully lined
  • Magdot and drawstring closure
  • Multiple leather internal pockets
  • Italian components
  • Dual function
  • Internal trigger tab
  • Adjustable pull through shoulder straps easily converting to backpack
  • OB Dust Bag

Dimensions: H 36 CM x W 42 CM x D 10 CM


Classic Leather

The Owen Barry Classic Leathers are one of the most popular leathers within our handbag collection.

Classic is semi-aniline cow leather that has been developed and hand selected by OB, it's super tactile, rounded, lightweight and hardwearing (with normal usage) and performs exceptionally well within the soft unstructured styling of the Owen Barry Range.

Because it is a semi-aniline leather, which is, by definition quite naked, you will see slight variations in the characteristics of the grain and subtle natural markings with our classic leathers,  we feel this aspect enhances the beauty of our bags and enables the quality of the leather to really shine through. 

If you would like to see cuttings of any Classic Leathers to help you make your choice please visit our customisation page and send an email 




Owen Barry Cowhides are a signature part of all our collections, quite a few are limited editions developed exclusively for OB and will not be available anywhere else throughout the UK & Europe.

At this point, for the sake of clarity, we should emphasise that all our hair on products are Cowhide (not pony) and are 100% a bi-product of the food industry.

Acido is a stunning finish applied to the cowhides, each hide is individual, the hair has been removed at random, making every skin totally individual, where the hair loss occurs a finish/colour has been applied, our most popular spotting/. finishes being, Silver, Gold & Rancho Brown.

Tricolour is a description that encompasses a variety of natural cowhides, Tricolour, technically means including 3 colours, usually, shades of Browns/Tans, Whites/Beiges & Blacks to differing degrees, these markings are all natural and NO two pieces are the same.  Owen Barry, select only the prettiest of cowhides, and our cutters hand select and cut them to ensure a good variety and attractive placement within every bag. 

Printed Cowhides These are the most uniform of our cowhide, still 100% a bi-product of the food industry these skins have been selected for their uniformity (within reason, this is always a natural product) and then the screen printing finish applied - so,  standard joke,  there have been no Dalmatian puppies, Zebra's or Leopards etc. killed in the making of our bags, everything is just printed - very nicely printed, but nothing more than that.

Laser cut Cowhides The laser cutting process has been applied to the cowhides, patterns and styles can range from geometrical, thru floral and unclude things like "croc" finishes, this laser cutting adds another layer of texture and variety to our cowhides.



I bought my tri colour bag at the cavendish pavillion in Yorkshire. I’m an outdoor girl and I absolutely love this bag. The quality is amazing with beautifully lined inside pockets and the quality of the leather is fabulous. I love love love my tricolour bag and have just ordered a purse. Oh and Ive got the beautiful matching heart tricolour Keyring too. Thankyou for such a fabulous bag and accessories. X
By Linda Scott-Douglas - Dereham norfolk - 14/07/2019
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