Ácrata handbags are woven using ancient techniques and quality fine materials. The company artfully combines modern pattern construction and architecture with artisan traditions and craftsmanship. The result is an original distinctive product that marries the past with the future. The brand seeks utility, wearability and beauty. It is wearable art. Each collection has been designed to transmit the past that shapes it.
Andina is the shared vision of three women, Caroline Elizondo, Catalina Elizondo and Celeste Bustelo. At the core of Andina’s design aesthetic is their shared admiration for natural textiles, all things handmade and the distinct Argentinian style. In the North of Argentina, there are still some small villages of pre-Columbian cultures. These communities settled thousands of years ago on the slopes of the Pilcomayo River, maintaining a relationship of harmony and mutual respect with nature. Currently, the women of these towns make their crafts keeping the ancestral culture alive from the resources that the nature of the region provides them. The techniques and knowledge were passed between women from generation to generation. Each piece that they make is unique, weaving ties with an original culture, which brings us a legacy of respect for nature. Keeping these cultures alive, giving them value and promoting them is one of the objectives we have at ANDINA.
Antonia Rossi (left) and Valerie Donati (right), the creative forces behind Antomoon, met three years ago in Bologna, Italy. Antomoon is the intersection of France and Italy, two cultures woven together. Each piece is unique, based on the choice of material. Embroidery, weaving, and beading techniques are overlapped to rediscover and capture the past through their jewelry pieces. Using semi-precious stones and antique glass beads from Venetian warehouses, garments are unstitched, necklaces are disassembled and new embroidered jewelry pieces are created. The amulet and talisman are thematically represented, preserving the magic of good luck charms and mysticism. Antomoon makes use of all materials, thread, fabric and beads to create one-of-a-kind details which cannot be reproduced.
COUSU DE FIL BLANC
COUSU DE FIL BLANC is a French artisanal soap company reimagining the everyday ritual of washing. Inspired by founder Carole Dichampt's background in textiles and aromatherapy, and her passion for nature, their natural soap bars combine vegetable oils and botanicals to give a purifying experience that is kind to both your body, and the environment. Exploring rituals of beauty, each soap is encased in elegant printed papers and finished with hand-stitched threads, adding a touch of TLC to your daily routine.
Jesse Walker founded ENKI in Sydney, Australia, in 2011; he is the creative director and photographer behind the labels iconic imagery, which has lifted ENKI to global cult status, earned literally of blood, sweat and tears. With exotic African tribes and famous naked models wearing his sunglasses all around the globe, ENKI captures your imagination and draws you into a world of wild photoshoots, tribal intrigue, magic, mysticism and culture.ENKI is about transcendence. It’s about awakening into the profound reality of magic.
Olena Kovalchuk created her first bag to wear to a friend’s wedding. She received so much attention for it that a spark was ignited. The name Evolve clearly delineates the company’s objective- to evolve fashion and personal style. Olena and her team create textiles and leather goods from high quality, luxury materials. They buy stock leathers from Italy, fully using all materials and eliminating waste. Their textiles are made of water-resistant, dense fabrics of natural composition. Evolve’s craftswomen hand-embroider Japanese and Swarovski stones and other special embellishments that give these bags an elevated design quality.
FLECK is the passion project of husband and wife duo Shruti & Nishant. Founded in the Spring of 2019, and inspired by their desire to create the perfect ceramic mug for their daily chai and coffee ritual, the journey led them on a path to the finest in Indian materials and craftsmanship. With a minimalist design aesthetic underlying all their creations, they have since expanded to include metals, candles, wood and wire into their boutique collection, all staying true to their Indian heritage.
Armenian knitwear designer Inga Manukyan and her sister Elen founded LOOM Weaving in 2014. By combining traditional Armenian knitting techniques with contemporary fashion trends, LOOM’s beautifully designed knitwear is bold, stylish and fashion-forward. Using a mixture of intarsia natural yarns, LOOM Weaving is committed to sustainability and ethical practices. Inspiration comes from centuries old rug weaving techniques. This handmade, artisanal collection highlights vibrant colors, crafty patchwork, crochet, braids and macrame details.
Minimum Design is an independent design studio based in the west coast of France, with a focus on creating modern and unique home accessories and using sustainable techniques and materials. Each item is made on demand in-house to minimize waste, and highlights the company’s commitment to protecting our planet’s precious resources. 3D printing is employed in the production studio, which allows for precise and intricate detailing of the gorgeous items which are made from Bio plastic (obtained from Cornstarch) and recycled woods in various colors
PINK STORIES is the creative brainchild of husband and wife Dominikus and Diana Brettner. It was conceived in 2017 while on a family vacation through South America. Totally in love with color, Diana and Dominikus design and make their dip dye candles using neon touches. All of their products use sustainable materials and are regionally sourced in the beautiful foothills of the Bavarian Alps.
SYLVAIN LE HEN
Sylvain Le Hen’s rise to fame as an artistic hair stylist began in the late 1990’s. His amazing talent was soon seen on the world’s runways for the likes of Dior, Chanel, Gaultier and Hermes. In 2003, he launched his hair accessories label. With comfort, sophistication, elegance and fine materials at the core, his collection of high-end barrettes and hair pins offer comfort, versatility and ease of wear. This collection is truly jewelry for the hair.
Born out of an African heritage with a deep love for everything African and the Middle East, Thabang is an African Sotho word meaning “to be happy”. Esi is a word evoking energy and joy. The creators behind Thabang Esi both have Southern African heritage, and a love for the artifacts of Northern Africa, as well as a deep respect for the elegance of Eastern European fine design. Combining their roots and individual talents in beading, weaving and a naturally sophisticated flair, they have created a beautiful collection of jewelry which varies in style and design.
Alice Duerr-Mburu founded Tobmarc in 2019. Born and raised in Kenya, Alice grew up in a small village where both men and women passionately made and traded traditional, handcrafted wares. In her early 20’s, Alice immigrated to Canada, studied International Development, and focused her attention on empowering African artisans. Alice’s beautiful designs are deeply connected to her Kenyan heritage, and specifically the people, landscape and culture that informed her young life. Ethically sourced materials are woven by local Kenyan artisans, who are carefully selected and masters at their craft. The result speaks for itself!