When we ask about what comes first, the craftsmanship or the design, he states that he “operates within a sphere consisting of shapes that aesthetically and functionally resonate with me the most”: mindfully acknowledging his own aesthetic inclinations as naturally as possible. Being familiar with construction methodologies, the design simply stems from a desire to accentuate the properties of leather as opposed to exploring a fixed, artistic concept. And so for him, research has a continual presence and a pair of shoes could even be based upon “the associations attached to a given colour”.
Pitted blacks, stone greys and lustful reds: there is an evocative romanticism to the shoes which are vivid and attractive in both colour and texture. This allure is achieved through his production methods which are as organic as possible, something he, no doubt, learnt through his ongoing dialogue with local artisans in tanneries. Unlike most design houses, A1923’s process “starts with the skin of the animal with its hair still on”. And I can’t help but feel that it is refreshing to stumble upon a designer who is so eager to appreciate the many aspects of production. In buying the leather in its purest form, he portrays an unequivocal understanding that leather is an animal product which deserves to be treated with the highest quality. Indeed, he informs us that vegetable tanned leather is both risky and time consuming as no one model requires “the exact same time to be constructed”, once more highlighting his mindful and selective attitude towards production.
“I BELIEVE IT IS CRUCIAL TO MAKE A PRODUCT WHICH IS AT ITS BEST AND CAN STAND THE TEST OF TIME.”