Alumnae is a collection of chic women's footwear with a refined tomboy spirit, designed by Sigerson Morrison alumnae Kari Sigerson and Eliza Alexson - Chidney. The brand offers the quintessential wardrobe of clean, understated shoes with enduring Italian Craft.
The collection presents a well-edited selection of essential pieces for those who understand that style transcends fashion and subtleties of detail and quality will stand the test of time.
A native of Detroit and now Seattle-based designer, Jessica Park was inspired to make her first bag out of sheer captivation of an "as-chance-would-have-it" material. It was the look of something conventional dying to be transformed in a truly unconventional way. Soon after, Ampersand as Apostrophe, a fashion accessories brand known for it's smart wit, eco-friendly ways and innovative approach to design, was launched.
Park graduated from Architecture School with a major in Interior Design. So it was instinctual for her to employ a feeling of paradoxical form and function. Her innate respect for utility and the structural know-how to identify good design in life's most common, yet overlooked wonders is what she believes links style and conceptual sophistication. Part rustic, part design-conscious glossy chic, her rich aesthetic take you to both ends of the spectrum and back again.
Ampersand As Apostrophe – read aloud, this phrase reveals itself as three commonly recognized symbols. In addition, equal to, and multiples of. Each defines itself as a method of transformation, the means to an end. By spelling these symbols out in full, the recognized suddenly becomes unrecognized. Their raw qualities are exposed and therefore abstracted, unveiling their honest, and undiscovered beauty.
Anne Grand-Clément stands for simple and intelligent luxury. Born in North Africa in the 1960s, she studied at Beaux-Arts de Paris in the ’80s and in the following decade went on to design for Tod's and Cacharel while simultaneously developing her own brand "ursule beaugeste”: a collection of luxurious, bohemian-esque bags with a devoted cult following. These days she divides her time between Paris, Italy and Morocco. It is in India, however, that for her new eponymous brand she collaborates with local artisans in an effort to preserve their craft while creating exquisite pouches intended to embellish everyday life.
The pouches are disarming in their simplicity. Made entirely by hand, each piece reflects the labor of one embroiderer whose singular skill has been passed down the generations. This handmade process creates tiny “accidents”, scarcely discernible to the layman, that only elevate the beauty of the pouch while rendering it truly one of a kind.
Beauvais-stitched in viscose or metallic thread, the pouches shimmer with motifs in iridescent tones. The silk satin interiors include artfully designed pockets in which to hide little secrets among loose change and credit cards. Eminently practical, the pouches are designed to slide easily into a large tote or swing arm's length for a cool couture allure. In the evening they play as micro-bags, thanks to a removable small chain.
Antonello 's personal story ties directly to his native Sardinia and is implicit and integral to his handbag collection. A large component of the Antonello story also ties to his heartfelt desire to preserve as well as advance craft skills that are at risk of disappearing due to globalization and the proliferation of mass-production.
Antonello ’s interest in luxury fashion, retail and product development dates back to his economics degree in Italy where he begun to concentrate on research for a dissertation he was doing on luxury fashion. After graduating he went on to study at the London College of Fashion where his love and fascination with hand crafted luxury collections continued to evolve. He began to research old weaving techniques and visiting Sardinian weaving workshops. He then started to develop a range of handbags insipired by the fabrics his grandmother and his mother had grown up with.
The decision to experiment with Sardinian hand-woven fabrics (produced in ethically managed factories & workshops entirely managed by women) resulted in the debut in 2012 of Antonello's exclusive 'eco luxury' line of accessories that uses sustainable yarns made from naturally dyed Sardinian wools and regenerated-recycled cotton. As you wil see the color ranges are painterly and sophisticated and the craftsmanship is outstanding. Many Intriguing details can be found from the contrasting hand woven linings and thread tassel pulls to the clever mix and play of woven arrays and patterns. Each bag is unique and made in very limited quantities.
Bonastre is a Parisian-contemporary brand that features sumptuous vegetable leather bags and accessories suitable for both men and women. This environmentally friendly collection has been handcrafted using natural, non-treated cattle hides in accordance with ancient vegetable processes. Made in Spain, Bonastre celebrates the wonder of the handmade and the contemporary reinterpretation of tradition. Its designs revel in the uniqueness of each item and reflect the desire to create products that will last and be aesthetically pleasing at the same time. The Bonastre bag is at once radical in its purity, pleasing in its effects and nonchalant in its appearance; it is elegant, timeless and essential.
Launched in 2012 by Béatrice de Crécy and Jean-Gabriel Huez, Bonne Maison is a culmination of 20 years spent within product development and brand identity work. Core values of the brand are based around finding the right yarn, using the right colors and patterns, as well as providing stylish design. Bonne Maison selects high quality Egyptian cotton which is then spun in Italy and includes being double threaded for optimal strength and longevity. The yarns are custom dyed for Bonne Maison which is key to refining their pattern development each season. Made in France.
Revered by those in the know for its pure cashmere and silk-cashmere scarves and stoles, the Botto Giuseppe story stretches back to 1876 when young textile worker with ambition Botto Giuseppe invested in a couple of looms and established a mill in northern Italy's Valle Strona region. Steadily growing to take control of its entire supply chain has enabled the company to develop proprietary handcrafting techniques giving a distinctive handle, with many items individually dyed and finished.
Botto Giuseppe's signature piece is from a collection they call "Pin 1876." It is a new line of accessories the is hand loomed, without seams and delightfully light and soft - offering the wearer numerous ways to wear. Signor Giuseppe himself may have passed in 1928, but his company remains firmly in family hands with his third and fourth generation sons and heirs proudly overseeing its continued expansion.
Launched in the Summer of 2005 by designer Noriko Machida, Chimala introduced it’s first collection for Spring/Summer 06. Based in NYC, all garments are made in Japan from Japanese fabrics. By design, the collections share a large amount of unisex styles each season, with a focus on androgyny within her women’s collections. A rarity for women’s denim lines, Noriko specifically only utilizes authentic selvedge denim woven on pre-WWII vintage selvedge looms.
This label is typically hard to find, with a limited amount of stockists worldwide. Chimala creates its look by pursuing the best fabrics of the highest quality and by obtaining the most sophisticated skills in production from the finest Japanese artisans. Only the finest, most skilled artisans are employed to create the line, and each garment is hand distressed with hand-repaired details.
Design inspirations are mostly from 50’s-70’s daily wear. Chimala is the name of an imaginary mountain in the Himalayas and also means “beauty” in Native American. Noriko collects vintage pieces to recreate and replicate the pieces, closely following vintage styles to replicate the look, color, fit, and feel of the era. Details like repair techniques, buttons, and even materials are all carried over into Chimala’s designs.
Like most well thought out products, Clare Vivier began making bags in response to a need. Working for French television and busy traveling she noticed a lack of functional laptop cases that were also stylish. She fabricated her own which quickly parlayed into her now eponymous handbag line. Since then she has collaborated with Theory, Steven Allan, Refinery 29, Commune, Wren and Jasmin Shokrian. She attributes her sense of chic simplicity to her strong connection with France, where she spends a significant amount of time every year with her son and French documentarian husband, Thierry Vivier. She marries classic French glamour and minimalist Los Angeles cool to produce a line of handbags, clutches and small goods that are as chic as they are useful. Clare Vivier's design principle is timeless but her aesthetic is bold, always taking into consideration the elegant tension between modern detail and classic shapes. While her bags are now available globally, Clare roots herself in the Los Angeles fashion community with a nod to socially conscious construction and proudly bears the moniker, locally made. From conception to fabrication her line has been made exclusively in Los Angeles since 2008, consciously engaging in ethical manufacturing practice without compomise.
Beppe Garbaccio began his fashion career in 1989 after graduating from school. After spending an 18 year career in luxury textile and fashion Beppe launched Destin in 2007. Destin can be found in over 350 of the most fashionable stores all over the world. Destin's vision is to create scarves that are both luxurious and wearable, with a unisex and unfussy beauty about them. The touch is always soft, modern but never cold. Fabrics are exceptional with highly unique detailling and texture.
Born in a family of renowned glove makers, Inès Lafarge was immersed in her childhood in a universe of fashion, noble materials and colors, influenced by the courage and tenacity of her mother. By observing, she was able to conquer Parisian fashion houses and acquire a sense of irreproachable quality, which is essential to the manufacture of the Douce Gloire designs.
Douce Gloire is also the story of an encounter. In 2006, Inès flew to Nepal in order to meet the suppliers of the glove maker's family House. Fond of traveling since an early age, Inès not only discovered a country but also the traditional savoir-faire of cashmere manufacturing; she realized the real potential behind it.
Founded in 2003, the eponymous Los Angeles-based jewelry line by Gabriela and Teresita Artigas embraces the beauty in complexity: pieces range from delicately minimalist earrings with sharp extruding tusks to boldly architectural necklaces tied with leather ribbon.
Working with fine materials such as 14 karat gold, sterling silver, precious and semi-precious stones, designer Gabriela and her sister Teresita sell their boldly minimalist jewelry to discerning boutiques around the world.
As influenced by their roots in Mexico City's the sisters are by contemporary culture (grandfather Francisco was noted modernist architect and friends range from rock musicians to restauranteurs), Gabriela Artigas creates "everyday statement jewelry" -- pieces that are remarkably easy to wear and effortlessly transition from the office to the stage, and anywhere the adventurous modern woman might go.
Gabriela Artigas’s pieces are handcrafted in California, the production is a representation not just of the sisters aesthetic and dedication to quality, but also of the way in which they live. Most of the pieces are conceived and built under the same roof; while the production numbers tend to hover in the dozen. A piece’s production cycle is rarely continued after its initial run, by keeping numbers low they are forced into perpetual reinvention. A reinvention not dictated by the fashion cycle of summer, winter and cruise collections but by a slower and thorough commitment towards craft.
Henry Cuir is a niche brand that came about from the instinct of its creator Henri Beguelin. He works by taking inspiration from everyday life and the beauty of nature as conveyed thru everyday objects.
The leathers mostly come from Tuscany and the manufacturing is done completely and exclusively in the Vigevano factory/workshop. The workshop is where Henry Cuir's bags and accessories come to life, acquire a soul and become truly unique. The skill set used - special to this way of making products, renders each piece unique in subtle ways.
The Henry Cuir collection isn't merely about fashion. It is a philosophy that came about from an approach to leather consisting of instinct, intuition and the poetry of creation. This process begins with choosing the best leather by touch and feel. The aroma of the leather pervades in a sensual and profound way. The making of the bags is truly that of handcraft. Machines do not interfere with the process. Henry and Fumiko, his partner in life and work - think, dream, live and create the entire Henry Cuir collection along with their long-serving staff. It is a straightforward collection with a familiar appearance and elegant details that are timeless. The aim is for the client to use and enjoy these pieces season after season as they become increasingly beautiful, personal and intimate.
i ro se (pronounced ‘e-ro-say’) is a small Tokyo brand, founded by designers (and brothers) Gen and Dai Takahashi, that brings together elegance and a spirit of playful creativity. This is manifest in products that charm with seemingly simple forms that come to reveal a greater complexity; always clean and deeply functional. After training as a leather craftsman Dai-san got together with his brother to begin this conceptual yet heartful label that draws both upon the pair’s singular aesthetic and their shared childhood love of origami and forging unique objects from whatever materials they could find around the parental home. These days the pair’s creations are produced by highly skilled craftsmen in Asakusa, a Tokyo district with a long artisanal tradition, and so i ro se’s ingenious designs are always underpinned by the highest quality construction.
i ro se products curated by Roztayger are exclusive to us in the US.
In 1970, eclectic soul of the brand, Wanny Di Filippo, set up his company in the workshop at Palazzo Corsini in the very heart of Florence. Over the years, the company has grown remarkably. Moving from the original artisanal laboratory in Florence, to a larger, modern factory in the countryside. The company has maintained its original style and the traditional, handmade artisanship that is its trademark. To this day, each piece is produced from start to finish in our own factory.
Il Bisonte is known for its exclusive cowhide leather, as it has always been the preferred material of the collection. Thanks to vegetable tanning, a traditional process handed down through generations of Tuscan experts, the ‘vacchetta’ cowhide is transformed into long-lasting material, acquiring unique qualities over time. Tannin is the active ingredient that is mostly found in the trunk of Chestnut trees that, when combined with our exclusive leather cream, allows the skin to become soft, resistant, and to acquire the typical leathery scent. Depending on how the Il Bisonte object is uniquely used, the natural vacchetta will darken over time and gain a highly desirable patina.
Shoe label Le Yucca's, the conception of Yucca Murase, brings this Japanese designer’s singular, overtly modern style to life via time-honored, traditional Italian manufacture in the city of Bologna, Italy. Each stage of production, from choice of material through to final finishing, is carefully considered by Yucca and her team, with particular thought given to how each element of the process may help give the shoe a unique and particular character.
Given the beauty of her designs, one may be surprised to learn that Yucca’s first experiences of shoe design, back in the early ‘80s, were in the technical field, where she worked for Nike, Dunlop and Bridgestone among others. By 1989 she had opened her own studio in Italy and was now honing her skills by working for such labels as Vivienne Westwood and Gianfranco Ferré; a stark contrast to the functional emphasis of her previous employers. Yet Yucca came to draw on all of her wide-ranging experience when she finally launched her Le Yucca ladies collection in 2000, followed by a men’s line in 2003. Both are proudly hand-crafted at Bologna's prestigious Enzo Bonafé factory.
Born in Holland but raised in Paris, Lola Ehrlich is the name behind the Lola Millinery. Creative roots: In Paris Lola and her sister were home schooled by their Bohemian parents. As a teenager she trained to dance ballet but quickly found other talents overtaking her - her ambition led her to NYC where she began her love affair with what she lovingly called the "big and ugly NYC." Starting out in knitwear design Lola then took a detour as a magazine editor where she got the chance to work with such notables as Patrick Demarchelier and Mario Testino. Going back to school at FIT during her time as an editor she learned the trade of hat making - feeling its connection with weaving and dying (both crafts she had admired and dabbled in for some time) She finally decided it was time for her own vision and opened a millinery storefront in the east village in 1989. Small and chic - a fitting place to begin Lola's millinery journey. If you ask her what inspires her uniquely quirkly yet entirely wearable creations she will tell you without pause : "It's the L line. It's a great cross section of New York's population, 100 ideas per ride."
Lola is known amongst other things for her painterly unique combinations of color in trims, stiching and/or embellishments - one of the reasons why you see her hats in so many editorial settings and in so many prestigous retail locations worldwide. What is her favorite color ? she is often asked - her reply: " None. Every color is fantastic depending on the shade it is paired with. In theory, I am not a fan of purple, but purple matched with a rich yellow or burnt orange is beautiful. A red flower is never just red. It has a black or yellow center and that is what makes it so red."
In 1792 Louis Marie Aubert du Petit Thouars was a pioneer in French botanical history. During the French revolution, he was exiled to Madagascar, La Reunion and the Mauritius islands where he discovered a vast array of plant specimens. Ten years later and bearing a collection of over 2000 plants Louis Marie was finally able to return to France where he was elected a member of the prestigious Academie des Sciences.
200 hundred years later...As a young girl, Marie du Petit Thouars grew up in Belgium making candles and experimenting with scents in her mother’s green house. With the creation of Maison Louis Marie, she has built upon the rich botanical history of her family with luxury candles and perfumes that focus on illustrious scents imbued with unique floral fragrances.
Maison Louis Marie composes delicate scents to enchant
your lifestyle; a floral tradition since 1792...
Mari Giudicelli’s eponymous line is inspired by the desire to lead a less cluttered life by focusing on the essentials. With a subtle nod to retro, her collection embodies a deep appreciation for craftsmanship, materials and details. The leathers borrow traits from a range of historical influences and are combined with modern shapes and materials. The result is a contemporary expression that offers a nostalgic connection while maintaining its overarching sense of modernity.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Mari Giudicelli is a model and footwear designer who had her work featured in respected industry publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, L’officiel, 032c, Elle, InStyle, W Magazine, Glamour, Man Repeller and WGSN.
Mari Giudicelli shoes are produced in a family-run factory in her native Brazil. They are the perfect blend of comfort, style and ease of use.
The Martiniano shoe colection is handcrafted in Italy and designed by Martiniano Lopez Crozet. Using time-honored techniques and quality materials, Italian artisans cut, skive, stitch and sew each shoe by hand. The shoes are made of 100% leather including stacked heels and soles. Fine Italian kid leather is used in a wide range of colors for the upper and insoles.
For sixteen years, Martiniano Lopez Crozet has been half of Los Super Elegantes, a collaborative performance art duo that mixed music, theater and fashion. Los Super Elegantes were included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and the 2008 Sao Paulo Biennial and have been featured in Artforum, V magazine, Interview, L’Officiel Homme, Greek Vogue, Italian Rolling Stone, Vogue Fashion Rocks and French Elle among many other international publications.
Originally from Iran, Maryam Nassir Zadeh grew up in Los Angeles, graduating from Rhode Island School of Design before moving back to LA to design her namesake ready to wear collection from 2002 to 2007. Nassir Zadeh then moved to New York to receive an associate’s degree in Fashion Studies at Parsons in 2006, before opening her designer boutique in the Lower East Side with her husband Uday Kak in 2008.
Launching her ready to wear and footwear collection in Spring 2013 Maryam Nassir Zadeh's namesake collection is based on her life as a mother and career woman. Nassir Zadeh draws inspiration from her international perspective as an Iranian born, American raised woman with family in India and Mexico and her inherent love of world travel. The origin of her vision when designing is the profound connectivity of it all. Design connects the balance of energy and patience used in the many expressive roles she takes on.
After having worked for years in the fashion industry in Paris for ISABEL MARANT, BALMAIN and more recently for MAIYET in New York, Maud Heline decided to permanently move to the US back in 2012. After studying design at l'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne and at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, she began designing her own shirts which were subsequently sold at places like Barneys New York and Colette in Paris. Her garments express her appreciation of fine craftsmanship, her careful attention to detail, and her love for pure and simple lines—always with a feminine touch. Revisiting the idea of classic poplin shirts, Maud utilizes a more modern shape using the finest Italian poplin and graphic trims from Switzerland. Her first all white poplin collection was inspired by origami artist, Jun Mitani.
Each collection is produced in New York and designed in her Brooklyn based studio.
The unique aroma of vegetable-tanned natural leather hides and the robust feel of bales of linen are among PB 0110 founder Philipp Bree’s earliest memories. In 1970, the year before he was born, his parents founded the BREE bag company with production initially took place in the family living room. In 1998 Philipp and his brother took over management of the now globally acclaimed family firm, and in 2013 he debuted his own, eponymous PB 0110 (the digits signify his birth date) line in Berlin and Paris.
Philipp Bree believes passionately in the significance of beloved objects; in things which develop character through daily use and so become essential companions over time. In keeping with this philosophy PB 0110 produces bags and accessories using materials that possess such qualities: vegetable-tanned natural leather, pure linen and brass. PB 0110‘s exquisite bags and accessories are conceived by a small team of hand-picked designers (the initials in each product name refer to the designer), then crafted by revered European manufacturers boasting generations of expertise.
"Twenty-five years ago my father gave me a travel bag of natural leather,” recalls Philipp. “I still carry it to this day and have learned to treasure it, just as one might care for a wonderful object that grows close to their hearts and accompanies them throughout the years. It is for this reason that I founded PB 0110."
Petite Maison Christiane is the culmination of Founder Christiane’s experience within the fashion industry, her deep appreciation for beautiful materials and a tactile exploration in refined simplicity. Exclusively creating custom pieces for each client—every single cut, stitch, tiny internal knot tied or seam sewn is completed by Christiane herself, one single piece at a time, taking however long is needed to create perfection. This is the definition of slow craft.
Christiane Smit has spent years placed firmly within the fashion industry. Beginning at an early age observing her mother making clothing and accompanying her to fabric stores creating objects became second nature. She spent a number of years traveling abroad and engaging with various cultures always searching for treasures; it is a vital part of who she is. Later, working in fashion with Japanese designers, she learned the importance of every last detail and why creating from the very best materials she can find is so instrumental to her ethos.
A bit of background on Porter: Kichizo Yoshida founded the company in 1918 in Tokyo and continued with bag manufacturing until he was 88 years old. Central to their identity and continuing to this day the corporate logo is “heart and soul into every stitch – We believe Japanese craftsmen’s skills are No. 1 in the world. “ Porter goods continue to be designed and made in Japan and the impeccable quality and design sense confirms this. Today Yoshida's 2nd son runs the business while the leaders of the design team Susumu Hasegawa (orginally from Comme des Garcons) and Ko Kuwhahata "continue the theme of integrity - integrating the cutting edge of the times.” The line is vast with many styles and divisions. The Tanker, Smoky, Dual and Heat collection shown here at roztayger are among those that have been the most popular over time with the Porter following.
In English, Porter means “a person employed to carry luggage and supplies”. In French, Porter is a verb, meaning “to carry” and “prêt-a-porter” means “ready-to-wear” or fashionable outfits. The synergy at such levels of its meaning makes Porter an apt name for the collection.
French designer Robert Clergerie began his eponymous footwear label in 1981 with a classic lace-up Oxford for women. His shoes quickly became sought after for their sleek design, remarkable fit, and their blend of masculine and feminine styling. In 2012 designer Roland Mouret slipped into the creative director role and continues to innovate and excite with his mastery of structure and silhouette. The collection is made in Romans-sur-Lsere using longstanding old world techniques of shoe-making. The current collection is inspired by the 40's and references Palms Springs, Miami and Cuba. It blends architectural shapes, masculine aesthetic, and high-end materials.
Born and raised in Japan but now NYC-based, Satomi Kawakita is steadily making a name for herself as a jewelry designer and diamond setter. Strongly influenced by her dressmaker mother, while growing up Satomi was fascinated by design and absorbed in creating things for herself. This passion led her Kyoto’s Saga Art College where she studied wood, metal, clay and textile design-creation. While a student she became enchanted by the art of glass blowing and after graduation worked under glass artist Takeshi Tsujino.
Subsequently she taught herself how to create glass bead-based jewelry, and in 2008 established her ‘Satomi Kawakita Jewelry’ line which was quickly taken on by stores all over Japan. Satomi’s work combines a delicate and distinctive, very organic sense of beauty with impeccable craftsmanship. She deeply appreciates the mystique and infinite beauty to be found in natural gems, minerals and metals, and resolutely aspires to turn these materials into wearable pieces of jewelry.
Born in Kuwait and raised in Oman, Sophie Anderson’s international childhood exposed her to a wealth of color, materials and traditional skills. These provided her with the taste and inspiration for sourcing, adapting and styling the unusual. It was during her time living in South America with her husband and 2 young daughters that the Sophie Anderson collection was officially born. Launched in October 2011, the collection is a fusion of vibrant colors and designs, comprised of hand woven bags, based on the traditional South American ‘mochila’ design, as well as vibrant clutches and graphic totes. Sophie sources traditional South American designs - working together with the local indigenous tribeswomen and artists, adapts the color and style according to her eclectic eye. Each piece is a combination of modern and antique designs incorporated into a variety of materials and textiles. This season she introduces a complimentary tribal inspired, Italian leather laser totes, adding an extra layer of texture to the mix.
Southern Field Industries is situated amid hills in Japan’s Saitama region, where in a small workplace husband-and-wife team Manabu and Keiko Okada, together with a few kindred spirits, design and create canvas bags and accessories that are functional, cleanly designed and plenty durable enough for the rough and tumble of both urban and outdoor life.
Throughly dedicated to the process from start to finish, natural inspiration is never in short supply as the team works with a view out over the fields that gave the label its name. Close attention is paid to even the most minute detailing, with Manabu drawing upon the expertise and craftsmanship he amassed while working for his father’s equestrian goods company prior to founding Southern Field Industries in 2008. Old faithful tools and sewing machines from his father’s former factory are now in service in the SFI workshop.
Products to cherish for the work that has gone into them and the way that they become sidekicks in daily life, for fall-winter ’14 we present our favorite SFI bags including collection staples and the new ‘PX’ line.
Steve Mono is a contemporary Spanish brand founded in 2007 with the aim of reinterpreting classic bags, accessories, and other small leather goods for a modern lifestyle. Influenced by travel, work culture, utility, movies, their own Spanish heritage and appreciation for the old, they continue to focus on designing essential items for every day and every journey. Each collection is timeless, functional and sustainable. Made in Spain with every step from tanning to packaging carried out entirely in-house, an artisanal construction process combines with the overarching design philosophy to create items that become more uniquely personal with the passage of time.
StudioSarah is a Luxury, British stationery brand, created by London-based designer Sarah Silver. Combining an enduring love of paper goods with a subtle eye for detail, StudioSarah was launched in 2013, bringing timeless, elegant stationery to the forefront.
Inspired by modern and graceful design across fashion, interiors and art, Sarah has brought these influences together to create her stylish collection of greeting cards, notebooks and stationery accessories.
Mixing fine materials with a signature gold touch, the emphasis is on quality and finish, and all StudioSarah products are FSC certified and proudly made in England.
TAMAKI is one of the few designers in the world who not only designs but also makes patterns, sews, weaves, knits and dyes. The brand was launched in 2006 by designer Tamaki Niime, as a continuous pursuit of establishing a new interpretation and furthering the development of the traditional Banshu-ori, meaning yarn-dyed textile. Japan is home to Banshu Ori - the making of ancient cotton textiles by dyeing, weaving and finishing all in one continuous production cycle. This region produces some of the finest and delicate materials for fashion and the home.
Tamaki Niime opened an atelier shop in 2008, which began to produce original shawls. Later in 2014 the label also started to grow their own organic cotton with the aim of being able to source materials with 100% traceability in the future. 2014 also saw the addition of a louët megado hand weaving loom from the well known Dutch company, plus a circular knitting machine to further develop the capabilities of the brand.
In 2016 Tamaki Niime moved to the geographical center of Japan in 2016, to work with a team of talented people, where the free exchange of ideas creates an unparalled efficiency and comaraderie. The strong selection of vintage looms and knitting machines ensures that TAMAKI is able to genuinely produce original fabrics used to create shawls and other pieces. Her commitment to this superior craftsmanship is a part of the reason we chose to stock this Japanese label in our shop.
Tsatsas equals clarity and quality in design, materials used, and the way they are treated. The German-based label takes a singular approach to luxury that is immediately perceivable; something that can be felt and seen straight away. Elegant and possessing a cutting-edge contemporary feel, the collection is modish yet stands entirely apart from fleeting trends.
Handcrafted in Germany with the greatest care and precision, each Tsatsas design serves to heighten the natural beauty and purity of leather as a material. Cut, design and proportion come together to create the clarity and simplicity of the bags, with a key focus of the design process being the search for a perfect balance of function, aesthetics and execution.
Tsatsas was established by Esther Schulze-Tsatsas and Dimitrios Tsatsas in 2012, with Dimitrios’ family having a long tradition of leather working. His father’s atelier, located in the German city of Offenbach am Main, has been producing fine leather goods for more than three decades.
Although very much influenced by traditional ways of working, Dimitrios Tsatsas soon came to find the repertoire of classical craftwork too limited. Subsequently choosing to study industrial design, he then worked as a creative director in the design field for ten years. Esther Schulze-Tsatsas studied architecture and was then, for a lengthy period, responsible for the production of major design events.
Through an intensive analysis of design, fashion and art, Esther Schulze-Tsatsas and Dimitrios Tsatsas have together developed a real feel for the design vocabulary of our times, with their designs evincing both an eye for fine detail and a sensitivity to the interaction between shape and material. With the establishment of the Tsatsas label and the decision to combine craftwork with design, the two have returned to their family roots.
Vasic is a minimalistic handbag collection, created by Kanoko Mizuo, a former editorial hairstylist who maintains one foot in Japan and one foot in NYC.
Upon arriving in NY from Japan in 2005, Kanoko quickly established herself as a creative entrepreneur. Through constant traveling while styling hair for some of the world's most prominent magazines and runways, she was first inspired to create a collection of candles and home scents so she could always feel at home. After the success of the scent collection Kanoko began to express herself by designing handbags; each are geometric and detailed yet infused with a natural ease. The bags are modern, clean and maintain classic elements, as a perfect dichotomy of Kanoko's Japanese attention to detail and her frenetic NYC life style.
Launched in 2015, Vayarta is a collection of casual footwear inspired by the beach culture of Mexico. The brand’s first release is a unisex slip-on, crafted with hand-dyed leather and handmade in Mexico. The classic silhouette was derived from a local moccasin and refashioned into a modern, sleek version. The timeless design focuses on clean lines and simplicity, featuring a round toe, center stitching, and soft leather sole. Each season the collection offers a range of unique and rich colors, influenced by the vibrance of Mexican culture, as well as the hues of the coastal scene.
Dallas-born and Los Angeles-based designer, street artist and wanderlust Paige Smith got the idea for VereVerto handbags while biking around San Francisco’s trolleyed and pockmarked streets. For five years she rode to work—laptop and designs in tote—dreaming up a solution to her bedeviled commute. Paige’s design philosophy is ever-present in this handbag collection—stripped down to its essentials, VereVerto designs celebrate detail, high quality materials and, most of all, vehement rejection of frills of any kind.
Fireball Argentine-American entrepreneur Consuelo Chozas knows the business of leather like the back of her hand. Prior to starting VereVerto, she owned a high-end women’s clothing and leather business. Polyglot and globetrotter, Consuelo has travelled the world over in search of ideal business partners: soft-spoken patriarchs of centuries-old tanneries in the Spanish Castilla region, metalworkers and designers in the Italian seaside, small boutique owners on Champs-Elysees. Her commitment to and enthusiasm for highest quality products is ingrained into VereVerto handbags.