GET A GLIMPSE OF OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE TORONTO-BASED LEATHER GOODS BRAND
Story by Odessa Paloma Parker
Photos by Maja Hajduk
Alex Cirka and Noelle Hindi, co-designers for the line The Leather Atelier, explain the allure of their chosen medium:
One key component of their certainty of this idea is the precise production value of a Leather Atelier piece. The limited amount of product made ensures both Cirka and Hindi have the ability to oversee how their pieces are made.
Cirka was emphatic about their desire to produce each piece with the utmost care: “If it doesn’t look perfect, then it’s not going out.” Having seen the quality of stitching, hardware and the leather itself that The Leather Atelier sources, these words aren’t merely that. They’re fact.
For all the flawless production value, though, Hindi revels in the variances found within the natural composition of their material of choice. “It’s a really versatile material,” she says of the swaths of hide they purchase (as much locally as possible, they note).
“[It’s] so unique, each piece will not be exactly the same,” Cirka adds. “That plays into the specialness of the material, and the object we will create.” Beyond the environmental physical traits the leather will develop over time, Hindi finds the unique elements of the leather as it comes to be just as significant. “The imperfections within the skin — you can tell if there’s a birthmark, or a scar.”
Check out the rest of this interview in our new winter print issue, available in stores and online now!