ARCHITYPE was founded by Charlotte Knoop Stengel and Dena Eilers Wilson. The two combine educational and professional experience in architecture and science to create distinctive designs in leather.


ARCHITYPE is a design house, specializing in leather bags and accessories. The designs merge Form and Function to create products that are both beautiful and useful. Inspiration is drawn from architecture, science, history, and all aspects of culture, using rich and vibrantly colored leather to create a signature look.


ARCHITYPE opened its doors in April of 2008. Regular business hours in the gallery are Wednesday through Saturday, 11a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, and by appointment. Shop 24/7 online at www.architypgallery.com.


ARCHITYPE is located at 1764 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. We are proud to be a part of one of Louisville's most up and coming neighborhoods and are members of the Frankfort Avenue Business Association and Greater Louisville Inc. Our products can also be found at 21C Museum Hotel on Main Street in Greater Downtown Louisville, and are available in 21 other retailers in the United States.


ARCHITYPE strives to uphold the principles of sustainability and responsible manufacturing to create a prosperous business that also benefits the environment and economy. Leather is a renewable, durable, and biodegradable resource. We use quality leathers from the USA, and recycle end-lots that may be discarded as waste from larger projects. Some of our designs use local bison leather. We employ regional artisans to handcraft our designs.