I did keep you guessing about my last weekend getaway when I shared that I had the chance to meet some wonderful young designers. It is now time to give you more information. I went for a couple of days to Romania, seeing my mother being the main purpose of this trip. And of course eat as much traditional food as possible. I somehow managed to squeeze some meetings in my agenda and even visited some of these young designers’ ateliers. For me getting to know more about the creative process behind a product I wear was a really stunning experience. In a way I can identify the process because I grew up with it, but nowadays people use technology to engrave, to cut and design products which is totally unknown for me.
Natalia is an architecture student who has a passion for leather craftsmanship. She discovered her skills and passion for the leather in 2015 when she wanted to personalize a Christmas gift for her boyfriend. She remembered then her family having stored the surplus leather from a couch they renewed a couple of years ago. With her broad skills in designing, laser cutting and a strong artistic bias, she actually designed and manufactured a leather wallet. Her friends really liked this handmade wallet and asked her to create more. And that was the beginning of her label called NAT. With the full support of her father, she found Romanian leather suppliers and expanded her collection from wallets to bags. Though passionate about architecture, with the final exams approaching in 2018, she still manages to dedicate time to her small business.
Every product is handmade by Natalia,
Yes I am only one, however, I try to make each product as if there worked by 10 people and 10 straw.
but she intends to extend her business in the future. What I find enthralling about her label is that you can customize your bag or wallet. You can choose a favorite color, a favorite texture and the details. I like the wooden sphere detail I chose for my backpack instead of tassels. It works perfectly with my wooden watch. The granny smith color with similar handmade stitches brightens any grey and rainy day in the Netherlands; I could have not chosen better. The minimalist style and the light soft leather is also Natalia’s trademark. I am really happy I met her and got to wear one of her products.
Keep it colorful!
Backpack: Nat Leather Goods, Boots: Coca Zaboloteanu, Sweater: Zara (last year, but similar here), Shirt: Scotch&Soda, Pants: Asos, Fur Coat: Zara (old, but Mango has almost an identical one, check it here), Sunglasses: Han Kjobenhavn, Watch: WoodWatch, Furry Bracelet: Essential Antwerp