owner/director poltrona


Victoria Benitz-Kelley

Growing up in Montreal with a younger sister and older brother, my father from Argentina and my Canadian mother, I felt immersed from a young age in a world of art, culture, travel and beautiful scenery.

My parents were commercial designers and always taking us children along with them to art galleries and travelling to see new and different countries for their food, countryside, architecture and art. We would pile into a hired car and head off to a château, or some ruin in the countryside stopping along the way to buy the ingredients for lunch on the lawns of the next intriguing adventure spot.

These adventures, the literature and the art, the fine lines of the architecture all made a lasting impression on me and ultimately became the cornerstone of my brand Poltrona.

my preferred spot for a morning coffee

18 Whistler Street
Manly, NSW

Barefoot Coffee Traders on Instagram

The staff are a mix of locals and travellers stopping through because they like the family vibe and delicious coffee. The coffee is sourced locally and the chocolate used in the mocha and the waffles is Belgian and a must try.

my favourite cultural institution

Art Gallery Rd., The Domain 2000
Sydney, NSW

This is my favorite culture institution as it has variety in its steady exhibit, and variety in the curated shows, such as the Archibald (portrait paintings) which is on in May-September each year.

I think the location of the Art Gallery (sitting above the Botanical Gardens) and the beautiful galleries make for a lovely wander. Sometimes they have a string quartet playing, and champagne on offer.

here’s where I buy my books

131 Blues Point Road
McMahons Point, NSW

no website

Casually stop in and then find yourself travelling through the back jacket of one book after another as you try to decide which one to read first. The owner, Helen Baxter, personally selects each book in the shop, and her knowledge is indispensible when you are searching for a particular niche, genre or storyline in this charming treasure of a shop.

an additional local shop I support

Rialto Square
11-27 Wentworth Street
Manly, NSW

This shop is full of beautiful clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbags hand chosen from amongst Australian, New Zealand and European designers. When I buy from this shop, I know that I will have this item for good use now and into the future.

this is where I go for a simple dinner with friends

50 Esplanade East
Manly, NSW

I confess is it hard to narrow down a spot for a meal, as we are spoiled for choice. This little gem is close to my home and has a good atmosphere; warm and inviting with a selection of Middle Eastern share type meals. The platters are beautifully prepared and the ambiance easy going.


185 Elizabeth Street
Sydney, Hyde Park, NSW

This delightful little restaurant has exquisite food, and an intimate and elegant ambience. It is a mix of French and Italian gastronomy and a fine wine list. Definitely worth a visit.

here I dine when there’s something to celebrate

12 Argyle Street
The Rocks
Sydney, NSW

Go in for the Sake, stay for the nutritious and simply delicious feast of modern Japanese cuisine.

my favourite pizza spot

Manly Wharf
East Esplanade
Manly, NSW

This venture is situated with ocean vistas. The pizzas are superb and the views are outstanding.

my bar of choice

Level B1, 488 George Street
Sydney, NSW

A lively bar, often with live music in a heritage listed site.

additional things not to be missed

Check out Five Ways and Williams Street in Paddington area for the Art Galleries and Boutique shopping.

The other suggestion I have for visiting Sydney, is to make sure to do the Manly to Spit Walk, which can be done in sections and showcases the magnificent shoreline of our harbor city.

the next person I’d like to read about on creative traveller

Laura Béazley, curating a celebration of beautiful things in Toronto

POLTRONA (a shortened version of my father's nickname for me), Sydney

At Poltrona I design handbags and have them manufactured in Sydney, Australia where I live. Our materials are handpicked from local suppliers and we are committed to growing a business based on quality relationships with our suppliers, manufacturer, staff and our customers.

The premise of Poltrona is to design handbags that are light, easy, elegant and functional, in the art of sustainable, ethical fashion.

It is important to us that we grow and learn to be a sustainable business developing products that go beyond trends. We believe that connection to each other and our environment is an important part of the development of our business and our ethos, to ultimately become a part of a circular economy.

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added august 2018
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