The Tribe - Brenda and Jeannine
Brenda and Jeannine met as models in September of 1988 on a bus in Milan. Jeannine was a tall scrawny kid with a curly blond mop and Brenda had a unibrow. A solid lifelong friendship was made that fateful day and they have been inseparable ever since.
Working on a personal basis with the world's most famous designers of Haute Couture, Jeannine and Brenda had privileged access into the artistic and creative process from not one, but almost all of the greatest designers of our time...a gift they use now to make the finest bags for Tribe of Two.
About The Designer - Brenda Schad
Brenda Schad began designing for Tribe, after a long and distinguished career as a model and later general contractor and project manager. Native American by birth, Brenda was born in the US, and has lived in New York, LA, Paris, Milan and Tokyo. She is fluent in French, Italian and Japanese. Through her travels she experienced a life where seemingly opposing cultures and traditions were able to exist in harmony.
With Tribe she blends the exotic with the classic - effortlessly combining the beautiful things she saw and dreamed about. All products are made in Italy at the best factories and using the highest quality materials and standards, reflecting Brenda's obsessive eye for detail and top quality.
Brenda is passionate about ALL women having inner beauty and strength, and the ability to follow their dreams. Tribe is all about making those dreams come true.
Jeannine was stopped by a local photographer outside her dentist’s office in California, who promptly took her to meet John Casablancas at the Elite Agency.
Within her first week in Paris, armed with only 3 amateur pictures in her book, the famous French photographer Guy Bourdin confirmed her for a 6-page layout for French Vogue. Harper’s Bazaar, Marie-Claire, Elle, and countless other international magazines and their covers were soon to follow.
Yves St. Laurent was the first to book Jeannine for his Prêt-a-Porter collection and she continued to work with him for the next 10 years doing YSL shows, films, and print. At an average of 22 shows out of 25 official Haute Couture shows per season in Paris she was an established top runway model for years. She graced the runways of Ferre, Dior, Givenchy, Ungaro, Balanciaga, Lacroix, Balmain, Missoni, Trussardi, and Oscar Dela Renta to name a few.
At 15, Brenda was discovered in Japan and began modeling in Tokyo to pay for her university studies in political science. She took a semester off and went to Milan to try ‘real modeling,’ but after a month she changed her mind and decided to return to her studies in Japan. As luck would have it, her best friend Jeannine had mistakenly thrown away her student visa (printed on tissue paper in those days) and Brenda was forced to go to France to re-apply for her visa. Within months she became a full fledged "real model." Brenda was seen in every show in Paris from Galliano, Lacroix, Azzedine Alaia, Dior, to Dolce and Gabbana and Valentino in Milan. Some of Brenda’s campaigns include Wonderbra, Gucci, Dior, Garnier, Givenchy, Escada, Sonia Rykiel, Victorias Secret and Van Cleef and Arpels as well as countless editorials and covers for Elle, Vogue, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Amica, Mirabella, Tatler, and G.Q.
Sterling Victoria Laborie
Sterling Victoria Laborie is half Native American and half French. She has an Associates Degree in Behavioral Science and Liberal Arts. Currently residing in Paris, she is a very talented amateur photographer and resident Tribal Chief of Sarcasm.
Sofia Mara Maggi