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.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Archival believes in supporting US-based apparel companies and manufacturing traditions. The finest quality materials are always utilized: US-sourced waxed fabrics, Horween leather, brass hardware, and "best in category" webbing. Achival bags are designed to be highly functional, to wear well, to be maintainable, and to last you a lifetime.
Atelier Marchal is a Belgian bag and accessory brand created in 1999 by Spanish designer Josep García-Marchal and his sister Ana (you have to love brother-sister teams!) Starting out in Barcelona as a small men’s and women’s jewelry/accessory atelier, in 2002 they launched their first handbag collection before relocating to Belgium in 2010. Atelier Marchal’s mission has always been to find the right balance between creative and commercial without compromising their brand philosophy which states aptly ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’. Josep has studied design and jewelry in Majorca, Madrid and Barcelona.
Most styles shown from the Atelier Marchal collection are available in the US exclusively at Roztayger.
The Bellroy office and team may be based in the southeast of Australia, but they work with creatives all around the world. The mission of this small and highly talented group of designers is a focused one: to improve the way we carry. More specifically, how we can carry more efficiently, provide better access, and generate better carrying experiences. Bellroy "wants to combine modern progress and insights with the joy of the craft world. Beautiful pieces that tie these two places together."
Bleu de Chauffe, a line of bags artisan-made in Aveyron, southern France, brings a little of the spirit of 20th century industry to throughly contemporary products designed with urban work (and play) foremost in mind. Clean, sharp and functional in design yet possessing a warmth not always associated with those characteristics, this well-balanced mix of qualities results from a forward-thinking design team working with natural materials and partners who share their emphasis on ethical and environmental standards.
Components and materials are sourced from as close to the production workshop as is practical, in order to reduce Bleu de Chauffe’s environmental footprint, with every last thread being traceable back to its source. Leathers meanwhile are naturally tanned throughout, using vegetable-based agents such as mimosa, chestnut and acacia, in a pollutant-free process that sees the water used being returned to the nearby river as pure as when it was extracted.
With silhouettes and product names alike (‘Reporter’, ‘Scott: The Writer’s Bag’) that conjure up a more intrepid era while being supremely suited for modern lifestyles, Bleu de Chauffe is the brand of choice for those seeking to add a dash of joie de vivre to daily life.
One final touch before a bag leaves the workshop: each and every piece is personally signed and dated by the craftsman who constructed it.
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.
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.
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 desing 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 2006, consciously engaging in ethical manufacturing practice without comprismise.
Etiquette Clothiers is committed to taking basic staples and transforming them into exceptional pieces that combine modern design with traditional craftsmanship. They start with the highest quality yarns and fabrics for extraordinary feel, while superior fit and support provide utmost comfort. Made in Italy.
The Frrry collection (pronounced FAIR - REE emphasis on REE) is all about construction. Designed and made in The Netherlands using vegetable tanned Italian leather, creator Ferry Cornelis Gerardus Meewisse founded the line in 2002 after passing exams for 3D design at the Arnhem Academy of Arts. Since the inception of Frrry the collection has received awards for Dutch design and been invited to show in museums and shows throughout Europe.
In Ferry's words the basis of the design for each product created relates to the foldings and structures of the design. He does not focus on making up new forms or following fashion trends. This is one of the many reasons I brought in his work as I feel it fits in so well with the timeless focus of the roztayger assortment. The work is more about concepts and ideas of how to make bags and finding useful ways to use construction to its fullest potential.
The collection is contemporary and has a recognizable personal style. Small series of new designs are added a few times a year but do not follow a fashion calendar. The items of each series are bonded by a concept - for example an idea about folding or how consumers use their accessories. The designs are always about presenting the idea in a simple, convincing and beautiful way. For this reason the pieces are never uselessly adorned with distracting decorations.
In Ferry's words "The moment of presentation of new designs does not necessarily coincide with the seasons. Moreover the lifespan of a design is not defined by cursory trends, but by renewal within the collection."
All styles shown from Frrry's collection are exclusive to Roztayger in the US.
Hansel from Basel is an independent legwear company based in Los Angeles, California. They produce a wide array of incredibly charming and high quality socks and totes. The synthetic knits range from a variety of polka dots combinations both stark and colorful . The socks make great gifts or personal staples for everyday feet happiness.
Inspired by the small details of everyday life, Hansel from Basel strives to create uniquely product.
Hayden’s leather stationery and travel accessories marry traditional craftsmanship with a tailored, modern sensibility and just a hint of off-kilter wit. Poised and always prepared, the Hayden customer will take notes on paper rather than a digital device, or discreetly slip a confidante a handwritten memo over the routine SMS. Less concerned with trend, and more with function, construction and beautiful materials, they know the right color when they see it.
Hayden products are crafted in what has become revered as the foremost leather bookbinder in the US, located in Melville NY, with solely Italian leather sourced from a tannery near Pisa. For Hayden’s stationery items the Melville factory employs a technique known as ‘Smyth sewing’, which allows the finished product to lay open flatter than a regularly bound book thus facilitating easier writing. Leathers meanwhile are selected with the Hayden ethos firmly in mind: that our favorite possessions are extensions of ourselves, and so should slowly develop patina as they follow us though life and travels.
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.
The Il “Bussetto” collection began in 2004. All goods are handmade in Milan, Italy using the finest leathers and all natural dyes and glues are used throughout. The Il Bussetto craftsmen use an ancient Italian technique which allows for production without using any kind of seams. Each item starts out color-less - It is then shaped by hand and hand painted with natural tinctures. The coloring is absorbed by the hide in varying shades thus giving each product its individual transparency and sheen. The Il Bussestto range offers a unique look....minimal, richly hued and of stunning quality. The color palette is rich and sumptuous - gorgeous jewel tones and natural shades.
The name "bussetto” refers to an instrument which is used by craftsmen to polish cuoio leather.
NYC’s J.Panther Luggage Co. (J.P.L.C.) builds bags and accessories that draw from the exacting standards of pre-‘60s, pre-mass production in US manufacturing. Both the inside and outside of the styles produced offer innovative functionality in tune with today’s modern day needs while never compromising beauty of form. Eschewing rapid turnover of designs in favor of focused development of just a handful of key pieces, each item undergoes up to two years of R&D (research and development ) before being hand built in Connecticut in workshops where high-end luggage has been crafted for generations.
Designed and engineered to stay with you for life, developing greater character with prolonged use, the material ingredients are key and sourced without compromise. The leather comes from Chicago’s renowned Horween tannery (est. 1905); lightly waxed 21oz canvas is imported by J.P.L.C. from a Scottish supplier who works with defense forces worldwide. Both materials are water-resistant and proven to withstand the harshest of climate conditions. Built without haste to ensure a long life, these are luxury goods that you needn’t be precious about using - they only get better with age.
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KikaNY was founded in 2009 by Kika Vliegenthart & Sabine Spanjer.
Both born in the Netherlands, Sabine was an interactive designer before moving to Brooklyn, and Kika finished her MA in Economics before becoming a leathersmith under Barbara Shaum in Manhattan. Their goal is to design high quality goods that will last a lifetime - ones with clean, simple lines that eliminate the unnecessary.
All of their products are handmade with traditional techniques passed on from legendary leathersmith Barbara Shaum. Kika trained and worked with Barbara for more than 15 years and worked along side her for designers like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karen.
To keep the the tradition alive they work with machines custom-built for their studio and tools from old-school suppliers in France and the UK. Most of our resources come from Europe as well. They use high-end leather from Portugal, Italy, and Belgium, and the solid brass hardware is hand-tooled in a family-owned foundry in Europe.
Exclusive bag and accessories label Laael was founded by Dutch fashion designer Elja Lintsen, an alumnus of Marc Jacobs, Martine Sitbon and Club Monaco, together with her brother Guido Lintsen. Designed in Amsterdam and handmade in Italy, Laael’s creations are durable, high quality products with a design sensibility that is at once distinct and timeless. Using French and Italian-sourced leather along with organic cotton for lining, Laael works solely with artisanal workshops that care for their employees and embrace sustainability.
Elja designs from a clear aesthetic standpoint, yet always with her client foremost in mind: she caters to confident women who live with a relaxed grace. Her eye for smart design, combined with a love of playing with colors and structures, makes Laael bags both keenly practical and stylishly playful. Ranging from contemporary classics to charismatic eye-catchers, cool elegance is always perfectly balanced with a playful edge.
Debuting at Première Classe Paris in 2010, Laael was quickly picked up by stores in Japan, Switzerland and London. Today the collection encompasses shoulder bags, clutches, totes and wallets in a variety of silhouettes and compositions. With each new season, new shapes are introduced while classic models such as the wrist bag and zip shoulder bag are infused with fresh fabrics and colors. Polka dots, intriguing color combinations and color blocking consistently bring a sense of powerful whimsy to the collection.
The Spring 2014 collection was inspired by a 1940s androgynous aesthetic in which boy meets girl: elegant yet relaxed tailoring is translated into simple bag silhouettes where a sharper, more graphic design direction takes precedence.
We are honored to present the Laael collection as a US exclusive at Roztayger.
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.
Founded in 2009 in New York City, Lexdray is a lifestyle and travel accessories brand recognized for its use of smart design concepts, superior craftsmanship and high quality materials. Lexdray creates timeless and functional collections inspired by old school quality and intended to complement any lifestyle—from the outdoor enthusiast to the city dweller. Produced in limited-edition runs, every product is numbered for quality control and exclusivity.
Lost Property of London is an independent accessories brand founded by Central Saint Martins graduate Katy Bell. Handcrafted in London, the collection incorporates second-hand fabrics by discerningly transforming them into beautiful yet practical totes and travel bags.
With the simple wish of extending the life expectancy of the everyday material she finds around her, together with a love for natural finishes and handmade techniques, Katy has created a range of iconic and surprising pieces that look and feel just as unique, each different from the next. By taking salvaged fabric and lovingly transforming it into stylish yet practical accessories, she achieves her signature ‘Rough Luxe’ aesthetic.
Based in New England, Lotuff Leather set out with one goal in mind: perfection. From the highest quality vegetable-tanned leather to the meticulous design process, one might say that their timeless bags, briefcases and accessories have achieved just that. Utilizing all-natural, uncorrected leather and a time-consuming cutting process, Lotuff employs maximum effort for the finest end result. From the largest carryall totes to the smallest credit card cases, Lotuff Leather spares no expense in craftsmanship and quality. With a vision that encompasses lasting value and a passion for excellence, every piece by Lotuff Leather is guaranteed to be an instant classic.
Designer Melissa Del Bono established meli melo in April 2005 in the UK and headquartered in London. Recalling her time living in Aeolian Islands, Melissa describes how her early obsession with bags began with one bag in particular - "It was a huge wicker basket and I took it everywhere. We were inseparable! I would find any excuse to take it out with me. I just wanted something pretty to carry on my arm like the ladies in the villages would do." A passion for vintage continues for Melissa as she continually looks backward for her inspiration, "The past is a great source of inspiration for me. Take the wicker basket bags for example in the past they were used as feeding bowls for horses to eat from while they were on the move."
Meli melo from the outset has developed a strong brand cache and international recognition. The mission of the brand is to create versatile, desirable, stylish yet subtle handbags, which are led by strong design. Luxury leather and the distinct shapes, sculptural yet understated, Meli Melo bags blend day and evening. Chic and practical. The first ever Meli Melo bag - the “B.B. Bag” featured a set of unique patented inverted handles which sought to revolutionize the concept of how to carry your bag. The B.B Bag evolved in ten years to become the infamous Thela Bag, which has now become a worldwide phenomenon and the most popular style.
The list of celebrities who love meli melo is extensive; from Olivia Palermo to Kate Middleton, Sienna Miller, Penelope Cruz, Margherita Missoni, Poppy Delavigne, Kate Moss, Nicole Ritchie to Danni Minogue, they have all been seen wearing meli melo. Meli melo naturally appeals to a number of different demographic groups though - not just celebrities. The Thela Bag continues to be the most popular, practical bag in the collection. It’s sleek trapeze shape - inverted handles offer the market something original and effortless for everyday.
Oyuna has deep ties to the cashmere of Mongolia, birthplace of creative director Oyuna Tserendorj who founded the label in 2002. Unique in the world of contemporary cashmere, this connection has grown stronger even as Oyuna has advanced her work through sojourns in Hungary and Paris. Now settled in London, there she works with an international team sharing the desire to truly push the boundaries of cashmere product.
A nomadic sense of adventure is present in everything Oyuna crafts, influenced as much by the restless creativity of London as it is the wild roots of Mongolian cashmere. Progressive while still mindful of the material’s natural qualities, each piece is resolutely uncompromising in its execution: softly rendered luxury forged for a hard-wearing lifestyle.
Oyuna sources almost every fiber utilized from Mongolia, one of cashmere’s most ancient provenances where for millennia it has been prized as an ultra-soft defense against some of the world’s most inhospitable terrain. At Roztayger we regard it as equally beneficial on the cold city streets.
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."
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.
Samuji is a women's clothing and accessories line designed by the namesake creative studio based in Helsinki, Finland. It was founded in 2009 by Samu-Jussi Koski, the former creative director of Marimekko textile house. The Samuji accessories collection featured at roztayger is permanent and timeless and not based on seasonal fluctuations. Samuji's ambition is to produce timeless and sustainable design that serves a purpose yet tells a story. All items are crafted from premium quality materials from European and Japanese suppliers and produced in Europe by carefully selected manufacturers who insist on the highest quality and ethicality.
Samuji graces the racks and shelves of some of the most distinguished fashion, concept and department stores from around the world, from New York to Tokyo and London and has been covered widely in leading international publications including Vogue Italia, Vogue Nippon, Monocle, WWD and Wallpaper.
Samuji's first flagship store opened in Helsinki in the summer of 2011.
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.
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.
Travelteq, founded 2008 in Amsterdam, has its origin in three friends coming together with a shared desire to create beautiful, unique travel-oriented bags and accessories. All being avid travelers they were having a hard time finding products that met their needs, and so initially set out to design the first ‘intelligent’ cabin trolley case. In their own words the Travelteq ethos became ‘to create products which are well thought out, innovative, and timeless. We’re constantly searching for good design and quality.’
Today the main Travelteq line consists of laptop-friendly leather bags (the ‘Trash’ series, fast becoming a modern classic) and a selection of small leather goods, all of which are hand-made from the finest Florentine Vacchetta leather at a workshop in Italy. Over the years the Travelteq team has forged a close relationship with the family that runs the workshop, and together they relish the process of crafting elegant leather goods. As Michiel van Ogtrop, one of Travelteq’s founding trio, succinctly puts it: ‘Our collection is for people who value comfortable, intelligent products; people who appreciate handmade quality and find luxury in the finer things in life instead of in-your-face designer brands.”
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.
V::room’s philosophy is that simplicity and substance are the most important elements in clothing. Designed for utmost comfort, each of its t-shirts is made in Japan with the highest quality materials and possesses a uniqueness that is quietly expressed through minimal details, coloring and textures.
The label’s stated mission is to create clothing where the authenticity and integrity of the brand is evident in every piece produced, and with the belief that a growing number of consumers are also seeking authenticity in apparel V::room was launched in 2004.
Using exceptionally fine textiles such as cotton-cashmere, silk-cashmere, silk-cotton and cashmere-silk, one of V:room’s distinctive features is a ‘raising’ effect to its luxurious cotton-cashmere and cotton, which is achieved by washing the fabrics after application of four-needle flat seams.