Known for its handmade bags and accessories of high-quality leather, TSATSAS expanded its repertoire of materials and entering into an extraordinary union with textiles. The project SO_FAR presented five limited versions of the tote bag FLUKE, each in a combination of calfskin and fabrics from the Raf Simons collection of Danish textile company Kvadrat.
SO_FAR represented a new approach in the development of TSATSAS. While the label’s work focused on natural leather and a modern interpretation of traditional crafted leather, translated into contemporary designs, in their work with textiles designer Esther and Dimitrios Tsatsas treaded new paths.
When in 2014 Kvadrat launched its first fabric collection with Raf Simons, the designer duo was thrilled with the patterns, colours and quality. “When we got the chance as the first bag label worldwide to work exclusively with the fabrics of the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection, our focus was on transferring the contrast between textiles and leather into a new aesthetic,” they explained.
The project SO_FAR was a separate edition intended to complement the existing TSATSAS collection, which was limited in terms of numbers. Starting from January 2017, five versions of the iconic FLUKE bag were available at selected international stores in an edition of 50 each.
TSATSAS had the pleasure to be part of the first edition of 10 by Yatzer. The project of the global online destination for fine and applied arts Yatzer.com was launched on the occasion of Milan Design Week 2016 at Spazio Pontaccio, in the heart of Milans renowned art disctrict of Brera. 10 by Yatzer presented a collection of exceptional products which were sold through a pop-up shop.
Each of the 10 limited edition pieces created for this year’s collection were a unique collaboration with contemporary international designers and brands. The customizations of either existing or brand new products stood on the subject of “black/white/gold” and were available in a limited amount.
The participation of TSATSAS occured with a special edition of 20 pieces of the OTHER ONE pouch bag which has first been introduced as part of the TSATSAS collection at Paris Fashion Week in October 2014.
The special version of the fully reversible OTHER ONE unisex bag was customised for 10 by Yatzer in black calfskin and white lamb nappa leather with gold-toned hardware. Each item was embossed with its individual production number as well as its limited edition numbering for 10 by Yatzer.
British furniture maker Vitsoe welcomed the founders and designers of TSATSAS in their Munich showroom. The exhibition of the high-quality leather bags in conjunction with Vitsoe’s furniture collection following the original designs of Dieter Rams was on display in November 2014.
Frankfurt-based bag maker TSATSAS designs and produces elegant yet unassuming products that do not pander to passing fashion. Its consistent focus is to achieve a perfect balance between function, aesthetics and execution – a concept that makes Vitsœ and TSATSAS Besondere Weggefährten.
For 50 years, Vitsoe operates in the conviction that uncompromising quality in aesthetics, functionality and fabrication gives a design continuing relevance.
With Esther and Dimitrios Tsatsas, Vitsoe invited designers who face the challenge of the short-lived fashion market with the same standards of clarity in design and precise craftsmanship in the production: Linear forms in unusual cuts and the high materiality of the manually processed leather lend their designs an irresistibly unpretentious elegance.
From the reduction to the essentials arises an unassuming casualness that makes TSATSAS’ bags as well as Vitsoe’s furniture to discrete companions in everyday life.
Bringing together what belongs together: TSATSAS and Ramon Haindl worked together on a collaboration initiated in 2014 by Aesthetics Habitat, an independent creation of genuine content in cooperation with brands and creative visionaries.
The project was coming from a like-minded neighbourhood as both, photographer Ramon Haindl and fine leather craftsmen TSATSAS, live and work in Frankfurt/Main. Subtle structures and a high level of attention to the characteristics of surface invite you to observe the fundamental significance of skin without the disturbance of color. A sensitive ensemble of details and protagonists embracing a simply perfect product.
As part of the “Wallpaper* Handmade“ exhibition 2013, TSATSAS presented the trolley suitcase KAGE designed specially for the project. The exhibition was shown at the Gallery Leclettico in Milan on the occasion of Salone Internazionale del Mobile.
KAGE (Japanese for “shadow”) is a symbiosis of luxury and function, of refined materials and practical use. Elegant travel in the late 19th century involved chests made fully of leather bearing the most intricate of brass fittings – KAGE brings this feel into the present in the form of a trolley suitcase that meets all today’s travel requirements while combining premium quality and high-grade materials.
The entire interior of the case is lined with the finest of pacific blue lamb nappa leather while the exterior boasts cowhide from Lombardy, Italy. All KAGE’s fittings are handmade from brass; likewise the entire leather case was crafted in Germany by hand in keeping with the long-standing crafts tradition.
KAGE complies with all the customary regulations on hand luggage.
In 2010, Wallpaper* magazine developed an ambitious, never-been-seen-before project based on the idea and notion that more and more people in today’s modern society were demanding a unique way to stand out from the crowd.
Through the essence of customisation, Wallpaper* initiated the Handmade project, bringing together the best of the global artisinal world, injecting a healthy dose of contemporary thinking to realise some unique one-off objects.
Wallpaper* has since commissioned some of the world’s finest craftsmen, designers, producers and manufacturers to create over 300 one-off pieces and products.