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Designer Dialogue: Gonzalo Fonseca of Steve Mono

May 22 2015


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No one does leather like the Spaniards, and no one does modern meets classic leather bags like contemporary Spanish brand Steve Mono. Founded and designed by Gonzalo Fonseca, the Steve Mono line combines an artisanal construction process (made entirely in-house) with a modern, utilitarian sensibility. There is a reinterpretation of the old that translates into timeless everyday accessories, made more interesting and personal through their sustainability over time. The man behind the brand reveals more what Steve Mono is all about.

Describe the Steve Mono aesthetic in one word.

Honest.

Talk to us about your brand. How did it all start?

In 2007. I worked before as a graphic designer, and I was always thinking about the kind of bags/portfolios I needed for my work and travels—that was the beginning. My first collections were just for men, but women also liked the bags, so I decided to create a women’s line with the same inspirations and concept.

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What is the most important thing you consider when designing a handbag?

Utility. I love pieces that you can use in different ways.

Which of your bags found in Roztayger's collection do you love the most and why?

The Marvin Brief, for it was like a new beginning last season. This piece was the first one of a new complete series. Clean, light, but outright.

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Who/what are your biggest design influences?

Industrial and furniture design from the ‘40s and ‘50s.

If you could pick one person, past or present, to wear your bags, who would it be?

Katherine Hepburn.

What sets your bags apart from others on the market?

Customers tell me they are very recognizable because of the leather, softness, straps and the brass snap details in some styles. I also use black and brandy vegetable leather for the men’s line and color nappas for the women’s pieces in special combinations.

What bag are you currently carrying and what's inside?

The Marvin Brief in black vegetable calfskin. Inside, there’s one James Portfolio/iPad case in black, a 07/2 wallet in brandy, a solid brass key ring and one coin case in natural leather…almost a complete samples set!

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What's next for Steve Mono the brand?

Leather sandals.

If you weren't an accessory designer, what would you be?

A Carpenter.

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What's one thing our readers would be surprised to learn about you?

I’m not Steve! My name is Gonzalo.

Shop the Steve Mono collection at Roztayger HERE.

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