I studied at Accademia Costume & Moda, where I had the opportunity to compare myself with different subjects: fashion, textile, leather goods and footwear, costume design and many more until, one day, I fell in love with leather.
What I like most about accessories design is the approach to the design process itself. It revolves around two key elements: beauty and functionality. Together they lead to functional objects, That must be in harmony with the shape of the body, but also have to look beautiful when detached from it. Like a bag when resting on a table, or shoes thrown on the floor remind of sculptures on display.
Absence, emptiness, words that in Western culture assume a negative meaning, but instead, represent a concept dear to the majority of the cultural traditions of the East, according to which absence, meant as emptiness, is synonymous of infinite wealth and freedom. æssenza is therefore the result of a journey that investigates on the importance of empty spaces, their constant presence in the space that surrounds us, their relationship and contrast with full spaces, lights and shadows.
As in lanterns, from which the collection draws inspiration for shapes and volumes, also preserving the suggestions of the Berber origin. As a result a collection as white as a "blank" space, golden as the light and as brown as the tradition of craftsmanship. Finally, bamboo, which seems to be the perfect material example of the idea of "the essence of absence": empty, but strong. Therefore a research on dialectical elements, as symbols of a universal visual language.
The idea of bamboo comes from the research on the empty/full contrast. This led me to discover the value that in some Eastern cultures is given to the void, where, unlike the Western ones, it is seen as positive since it is only in the void that something new can be born. Bamboo is, therefore, the material representation of this concept because being empty inside doesn't make it weaker, but adds a value: lightness. However, I didn’t want to stop there and use it as it is, in a traditional way. I wanted to find a new personal way, a new material. From this will starts a long search that leads me finally to find the solution in a hollow rubber tube, which I was then able to carve by hand to give it that typical groove. Then we covered it with leather, as we would do with a classic piping, and finally we brushed it to give it lights and shadows. This has allowed us to use the "bamboo" in a thousand of different, new, ways than the natural one, reinventing every component, from leather goods to footwear.