Simply final June, at a small gallery presentation for household and associates, designer Montserrat Alverez displayed her new line of Heimat-Atlantica luggage. Now the model, which contains design methods from her heritage, has landed at Barneys New York.
“The time period ‘heimat’ is German for the particular bond one has with their origins or nation. Heimat-Atlantica luggage have my traveler’s soul too,” she notes. Although Montserrat is Paris-based, she attracts inspiration from her research in Rome, her routes in Galicia—a province of Spain—and her travels to Portugal and past.
This wanderlust, is mirrored by the bag’s names too as every imply “love” in several languages. The luggage are made with colourful reed and symbolic Galician charms via partnerships with the artisan neighborhood in Portugal and Spain.
For the Heimat-Atlantica’s development course of, a Portuguese handwoven approach is used after which Montserrat works with the Sargadelos manufacturing unit in Spain for every porcelain embellishment. Sargadelos preserves Spanish custom as one of many most unusual corporations within the area.
“I imagined my ancestor’s methods coming along with up to date concepts to create this new power. As a result of I’ve a background in artwork historical past, I used to be drawn to mixing the reed-weaving and porcelain to make one thing new and my very own. My inventive course of is actually large collage of various parts,” she explains.
Regarding the partnership she’s constructed with locals to hand-create Heimat-Altantica’s luggage from begin to end, Montserrat is fast to level out that all the artisans, have extraordinary abilities and expertise. For instance, Celeste is the grasp craftswomen of the reed basket-weave approach and has been perfecting this since she was solely eight years outdated. “I used to be actually impressed by the standard of her work, her self-demanding perfectionism, and fervour. Collectively, we’re all like a household,” displays Montserrat.
“We rigorously choose the reed supplies, sun-dry them within the fields, after which apply colour pigments,” she explains. “The reed is then woven on handlooms by Celeste to supply totally different patterns.” From there, the luggage are produced in Spain the place a hand-painted porcelain piece is added. All have totally different mythological origins, fabled to guard the wearer. The “Biser” couple appeal on the unique Love Mini-Satchel is supposed to convey love, and the Cigarron masks on the Amour, helps these searching for happiness.
As for the longer term, Montserrat solely hopes to proceed her entrepreneurial initiative, “I’m engaged on a leather-based model of the love bag and a brand new mission with a craftswoman and shells—there’s loads to return!” She hopes to proceed to construct partnerships with handcraft workshops and create extra artisanal merchandise for the trendy vogue house. We are able to’t wait to see what’s up subsequent.
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