Woman/ Femme collection
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.