San Francisco is a study in contrasts. One of the most (if not THE most) beautiful cities in the United States, San Francisco offers a multi-layered approach to just about everything. Today I spent the day at the newly-expanded Museum of Modern Art whose contemporary exterior sits in stark contrast to the former Pacific Telephone and Telegraph building behind it, complete with sculpted eagle adornments. Visible just beyond is the frequently maligned new Sales Force Tower, the epitome of modernism in a city that prides itself on tradition. While enjoying the extensive Walker Evans photography exhibit, I came upon a woman wearing one of our 49 Square Miles early edition Artisan handbags. I couldn’t help but notice that it’s been well-loved, and after introducing myself, she told me that although it’s well worn she loves the leather even more as it shows its age. Comments like these underscore my love of beautiful Italian leathers and restore my belief that I am not alone in admiring the beautiful patina that results from wearing such naturally finished leathers.
Within the 49 square miles that is San Francisco, I am able to feed my creative passion for art, architecture, and all aspects of design. Crafting traditional Italian vegetable tanned leathers into clean, contemporary shapes that become heirloom pieces is what drives me in my work. A study in contrasts. It works for me.