A line of accessories that I am putting together. The belt has just arrived from the atelier. Please allow me to introduce it to you below. I will update that section regularly as I am working on many cool accessories at the moment. Je travaille en ce moment sur ma nouvelle ligne d'accessoires. La ceinture vient juste d'arriver de l'atelier. Je vous présente les 2 couleurs ci- dessous. Les nouveautés arrivent, je vous tiendrais informés sur Facebook et Instagram. Merci.
I started my MAN Bag collection just 2 years ago when I fell in love with an extremely old USAF Helmet-bag. I loved the style but also its functionality. Pilot and 8463 are the very first bags I created for men. They are both handmade in Los Angeles in very limited quantities. I use original vintage army canvas, tack room vintage repurposed leathers for the handles and the inside is carefully padded to protect your personal electronics with recycled vintage NATO windbreakers. I wanted to keep the functionality and yet add a touch of casual elegance. Made in Los Angeles, in my atelier. Ma collection de sacs HOMME a démarré sur un coup de foudre pour un très ancien Helmet-bag de la US Air Force. J'ai instantanément adoré le style mais surtout sa fonctionnalité. Pilot et 8463 sont désormais les 2 premiers sacs de ma collection HOMME. Comes tous mes produits, ils sont fabriqués à la main dans mon petit atelier de Los Angeles en quantités limitées. J'utilise des toiles vintages de l'Armée, je recycle des étrivières vintage pour en faire des poignées et afin que votre ordinateur ou tablette arrive à bon port, je recycle des doudounes de l'OTAN pour la doublure et les poches intérieures. Je voulais garder la fonctionnalité du sac, en y ajoutant une petite touche élégante et urbaine. Ces sacs sont fait à la main dans mon atelier de Los Angeles.
SAKE is a story of a "coup de cœur" for a pile of ancient SAKABUKURO bags that I found in Japan. Please read below about those bags: it is quite fascinating! I found 20 SAKABUKURO bags so I decided to make a limited exclusive edition of 20 tote bags, lined with fine suede leather ( three colors: red, chocolate brown and turquoise) and some repurposed vintage stirrup leathers as handles. They are all different and unique, truly one of a kind, since I decided to respect the original shape and width of those bags. The SAKE Collection has been hand made in my Los Angeles atelier. Each bag is numbered. Sakabukuro: during the 1800s and early 1900s, Japanese sake brewers filled sakabukuros with nigori-sake (unrefined sake) which was then hung, so that the pure seishu (refined sake) could drip out into collection vats. Thrifty sake brewers would make sure that any bag which was damaged regained a longer, useful life by sewing meticulously stitched mukatenui (hand sewn) patches on the bags, using thick cotton threads. Every summer, skilled sakabukuro specialists repeatedly applied persimmon juice (kakishibu) onto the sturdy sakabukuro to infuse the bags with its natural strengthening agents and antibacterial properties. Repeating this process many times over the years caused the sakabukuro cotton fabric to gradually transform in appearance and texture.
I love textiles, I love them wether they are vegetal or animal. I love them old and antique mostly because there was a time where the excellence of the thread itself was of the essence. It meant a lot in terms of reliability and durability. Wasting was not an option. I also love the idea that each piece of antique material carries its own story and energy. Repurposing is also only fair to our environment, I respect that. I bring all sorts of textiles from my travels all over the world. Textures, colors, shapes, scents trigger my imagination. My bags are crafted in Los Angeles by true artisans, the new leathers I use are imported from a tannery in Italy that I have known for years, as for the vintage leathers I use antique horse tack that I get from Amish Country in Pennsylvania. Horse reins become handles. I do care about each of my bags since they are one of a kind. I go through all of them once they are done to make sure they are exactly the way I wanted them to be and to add a final little touch eventually. Carine Letessier is a Paris born designer living part time in Los Angeles.