November 06 2013
Fernando Bonastre of Bonastre
In an exciting new series exclusive to roztayger, we're kicking off a dialogue with our favorite emerging and established designers. We'll dig into artistic inspiration, creative process, up and coming products, and so much more. Premiering Designer Dialogue is Fernando Bonastre of Bonastre. Bonastre is a Parisian brand featuring sumptuous vegetable leather bags and accessories suitable for both men and women. The environmentally friendly collection is handcrafted in Spain using natural hides. We love Bonastre for its radical purity and contemporary reinterpretation of tradition. Below, meet the man behind the design, and be sure to check back every two weeks for new interviews!
roztayger: What inspired you to start a bag collection versus another design category?
Fernando Bonastre: I was going to meet a super important headhunter in New York, and I couldn't find the right laptop case. It just struck me as evidence that I had to design my own! This is how it started and is when I fell in love with the vegetable leather's texture, smell and natural character that take a wonderful patina over time.
How did you pick your brand name?
My brand name is actually my surname, and it also means "good star!"
What's your favorite bag of the season and why?
The Saco Pouch: a radical purity, voluptuous volumes and nonchalance. This is actually the one I carry on a daily basis.
If you could have one person, past or present, use your designs, who would it be and why?
Paul Newman...elegant without knowing it.
What's currently on your playlist?
Radiohead, Pink Floyd, M.I.A.
What's been the most defining moment for you as a designer thus far?
The day when I realized that I had to create my own brand...and more recently, the opening of my first shop in Paris.
What career would you pursue if you weren't an accessories designer?
An architect, for sure!
Left: Fernando Bonastre, Right: Inside his Saco Pouch.
Business Bag by Bonastre
Large Portfolio by Bonastre
Like this interview? Check out our entire Bonastre collection.
Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods made of quality materials.