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.
Anchor Bridge is a leather studio from Asakusa, Tokyo, founded by Mr. Murahashi Yoshihiro (Designer and Shoemaker) and Miss Sakai Noe (Leather Goods Designer). After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback, they established their own leather goods brand in 2012.
Anchor Bridge sources their leathers from Europe and around the world, utilizing exotic and rustic leathers which lends a strong European flair to their products. The way Anchor Bridge integrates the original characteristics of leather with their unique take on design is part of what sets them apart from their competitors. Often blending innovative thinking with new possibilities in leather, the brand replicates the original look of leather and beautifully showcases it on its final products.
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.
A perfect example of the very Japanese approach of doing just one thing but doing it perfectly, Tokyo brand Anonymous Ism uses rare, 1970s vintage machines to unhurriedly produce small quantities of thick, durable socks that artfully combine vintage inspiration with a heady imagination rarely seen in this simple but indispensable staple.
Distinct patterning, bold colors and some beautiful textures, in natural materials woven into the highest quality yarns, draw upon workwear, military, marine and outdoor gear influences to form some of the most comfortable winter socks we’ve experienced. Luxury with longevity: Anonymous Ism strives to create unique, enduring classics that are anything but throwaway.
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.
In February 2012, designer Anthony Thomas Melillo debuted his most personal and passionate endeavor yet: ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo. He knew he had to break into a heavily saturated market in a unique way; consumers and retailers alike were hungry for something new, special and more personal. They wanted to connect to what they were buying and Tony knew from experience that the market typically shifts after a decade, creating opportunities for the next guard. Melillo launched his namesake label with the perfect t-shirt in 2012 and the brand has since evolved into a full lifestyle collection of luxurious sportswear for men and women.
Manufactured in Peru using the finest fabrics from the purest Peruvian cotton to the softest cashmere and most luxurious silk, the collection embodies a modern ease that is reflective of the ATM lifestyle. "I spent months and months with the factory perfecting the weight and the fit and the drape of each of these fabrications in all of the core ATM styles," Melillo says. "Now I go there four times a year to review production and meet with everyone."
Known industry-wide for his fresh, innovative approach to design, Tony's aesthetic is reflected in each garment's detail. Melillo's initials, tattooed on his right arm since his youth, are printed under the right arm of every ATM tee in the exact same location as his tattoo. "It's important to have those little extras that make it feel personal," says Melillo. "I want people to see it as a full lifestyle brand through the labeling, the presentation and experience."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Martiniano shoe colection is handcrafted in Argentina and designed by Martiniano Lopez Crozet. Using time-honored techniques and quality materials, Buenos Aires 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.
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 have been known to carry 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, 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.
Mismo is the ultimate personal companion to the urban sophisticate. Whether Mismo is in your hand or your pocket, it’s always on the move, protecting your valuable personal belongings and facing the myriad challenges of a vibrant lifestyle. Mismo supports and accentuates individual style and personal expression across the spectrum, from laid-back to sophisticated.
Mismo represents straightforward, functional and durable design that showcases only what is strictly necessary - nothing more, nothing less. Behind these products is the philosophy that real luxury arises from the choices made - about what to subtract, and what should remain. The tactile qualities of the materials. And in the synergy created between aesthetics and function.
Firmly based in the Danish design tradition and appreciation for the values of classic craftsmanship, Mismo unites natural materials with simple yet refined details to create products of true style. Leather constitutes the backbone of our design, and only the best materials of premium quality are used. In Mismo bags, functionality and detail are meticulously harmonized with versatility and durability to strike exactly the right balance.
Mismo signifies contemporary chic that is rooted in the virtues of classic design. Mismo is the style-savvy choice with a unique patina that only grows more resplendent with the passage of time.
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 only stronger as Oyuna has advanced her work through sojourns in Hungary and Paris. Now settled in London, 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 with 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 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 for 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."
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.
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.
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.
The project "Vittorio d'Ottavio" is born from time spent creating within the artisan luxury leather industry, and of its beloved founder with the same name. Born in Piove di Sacco (Padua) in 1951, Vittorio spent his adolescence working for historical Leather shop "Galleani & Zanetti" in Padua specialized in Luxury Bags and Haute couture.
In 1984 Vittorio joined a partner to create a label that was entirely Made in Italy, making leather footwear collections for themselves and eventually for the likes of Gucci, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. Their goal during this period was to create the perfect match between a shoe and a bag.
Fast forward to 2004, after working alongside his wife and more recently his sons: eldest son Filippo d'Ottavio and youngest Leopoldo d'Ottavio, the sons came on board to help with logistics, business operations, and brand management, which firmly cemented the label Vittorio d'Ottavio. This brand is most certainly the epitome of a family run business.
Today, the brand seeks to remain established as a high level brand within the luxury leather Industry, focused on the utilization of innovative design created to highlight the particularity of traditional makers. Their mission is to transfer to every product all of their combined experience— passion and the love for this profession which allows each piece to be seen as a work of art.