Jennifer Meredith speaks to luxury leather designer team Estados
Founded in 2010 by brother and sister team Hugo Lesser and Maria Orchard, Estados produce premium quality leather goods ranging from wallets and belts to bags. These products are designed in Britain before being manufactured in the foothills of the Argentinian Andes using fine leather from a third generation, family-owned tannery in Buenos Aires.
Passion and artistry goes into designing and manufacturing each individual piece. Most of the leather is dyed in vibrant colours; this is achieved through a tried and tested tanning process, as described by Hugo: ‘the hides are first cleaned then combined with dyes and placed in large, rotating drums where they go round and round for up to several days. Hides are then washed again to remove any loose dye’. Using both vegetable and mineral tanning processes on their top grade, full-grain calf hides, Estados is able to achieve a soft and supple material which, if well looked after, will last a lifetime; the evidence lies in the century-old leather chaps, riding boots and holster worn by the owners’ grandfather in Argentina in the early 20th century, which are still in usable condition today.
When asked about trends in the fashion and accessories industry, Hugo replies, ‘we’re a small, new brand with a relatively small range, so we tend to focus on developing just one or two new designs a year’. Estados wallets are based on classic designs that are able to stand the test of time, while their purses, handbags and belts are slightly more influenced by trends. In tandem with the resurgence of the practical, but bookishly stylish, satchel bag, Estados has designed their own range of high quality, luxury leather satchels in black and brown colourways together with vibrantly coloured linings. The collection features both large and mini versions with removable straps and gold hardware for ultimate in sophistication and functionality.
Excitingly, this year the brand is planning to release a new range of handbags to sit alongside their range of satchels and, further down the line, they intend to develop and innovate their designs within the areas of fashion accessories and luxury gifts. However, they are perfectly happy to progress slowly and steadily, stating, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day!’
Most gifts can be personalised with the recipient’s initials, and Estados offers the option to emboss up to three letters in gold or silver, or, using a technique called blind embossing, imprint the initials without colour. Clients are also given the choice to include a personalised message, handwritten on card and slipped into the luxury, bespoke presentation box. The final product is then gift-wrapped, and delivered direct to your door.
Stocked at various outlets around the world, including Tinkers in Walberswick, the business offers both UK mainland and international postage from their headquarters in Essex. The personalisation service can take approximately one week from the date of ordering to the date of delivery – so don’t leave it until the last minute!
For more information, visit the Estados website at www.estados.co.uk