We work with leather, but treat it as fabric. By crushing, pleating and appliqueing the leather with antique trims, beads,or snake skin, and mixing it with old rug, kilim parts and 18th century tapestry, we are able to create handbags and belts that are unstructured, supple and unique.  At least twice a year, we spend time in New York and Los Angeles buying leather skins.  Most come from Italy, which produces the softest, finest skins in the richest colors.  The antique handbag frames and ornaments -of metal, Bakelite, Plexiglas, or Celluloid date from 1880 to 1950.  Every handbag is a combination of “old” and “new.”

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