Two years ago I was rummaging around Al Bazaar in Milan with Lino Ieluzzi looking for something apart from a number 7 tie so that I could say 'and this I found at Al Bazaar ' . After a while I decided there was nothing I could fit into my luggage other than a tie except for a brain storm that I had when I looked up towards the ceiling and saw the bag below on the shelf. It was the last one. Well, I had no more room in my suitcase but then I hadn't brought with me a travel on bag - now I'd have one.
The bag is beautiful and over the last two years I have received many compliments but it's a summer weekend bag and it lends itself to a beach holiday on the South Coast of NSW or perhaps Palm Beach north of Sydney but I don't think anyone in the countryside would take me to too seriously.
So, I just happened to reconnect with Antonio from Enrile last week and it coincided with my foray into patina and the two of us came up with an idea to make a purple and brown patina bag made by Enrile in his studio in Seville, Spain. Antonio sent some photos overnight for the selection process of leathers. From what I understand he is using the yellowish leather as a base patina from which we will dye the finished leather to the colour we choose. If you are looking to create leather goods from scratch, be it shoes, boots, belts, trays or bags, Antonio's business caters for people exactly like you. Almost 90% of his business is made to order.
I will post more as Antonio progresses.
|A weekend bag from Al Bazaar, lovely but not necessarily a serious countryside weekend bag for an Australian|
|Antonio from Enrile begins to select the leather for the project.|
|A finished bag sits beneath the leather swatch we've chose as the base for this project.|