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Brand to Watch: VENCZEL

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by Johanna Andersson on 12 July, 2018

Swedish designer Matilda Venczel, now residing in Copenhagen (our slightly cooler neighbor), debuted her namesake collection at Paris Fashion Week last year. The former student of Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp is currently establishing herself on the accessories market, offering luxury bags and accessories in distinct, angular shapes made from the finest vegetable tanned full grain bovine leather sourced exclusively from within Europe. These cutting-edge pieces are accompanied by a small range of Italian-made jewelry, crafted from palladium plated eco brass, and all divine. The entire collection is made to order, meaning that nothing is made that won’t actually be bought, worn and loved.   

Post graduation, Venczel worked with ready-to-wear fashion for different design studios, but found herself gravitating more towards accessories; these having the appeal of a lifespan reaching beyond the six month expiring date of a conventional clothing collection. Not interested in chasing trends or cutting corners on quality, she’s rather advocating a slow-paced approach to fashion, wanting to infuse the handicraft with a sense of essentialism. As she told Bon: “Modern luxury comes with a responsibility, or rather a duty, to work with materials and production in a sustainable way. It would make no sense to start a brand with the ambition to make high-quality products without doing what it takes to achieve just that.”   

Having worked for Tärnsjö Garveri in Sweden – known for their eco-conscious vegetable tanned leathers and long tradition of saddlery – she decided to incorporate this complicated technique into her own work. Even though all leather goods are atelier made by artisans in Sicily today, Venczel still makes all samples herself. She also uses a specific type of aniline leather, typically used in saddlery, dyed in a way that brings out the material’s natural imperfections; or beauty. In that sense, she’s returning to the roots of the luxury leather industry that once formed fashion houses like Hermès and Gucci, replanting them in new, contemporary soil.

Collection 02 – a continuation of the first, including two new colors and designs – is just about to land in stores, and numer 03 will be exhibited during Paris Fashion Week in September (can’t wait!).

You can find VENCZEL here and follow them here.

 

Brand to watch is our regular dispatch of standout labels merging ethics with aesthetics.


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