"We're a little obsessed with the functional thrust of fine kitchen tools, and this year we chose French cutting expert Perceval to design a set of knives, and Parisian boutique-workshop laContrie to create a leather case to contain them. Perceval handcrafted solid Gabon ebony handles, while laContrie produced a calfskin bag with a suede interior. The result is a jewelry case of knives."
par Rosa Bertoli
"In my head I had Savile Row," says Edwina de Charette de la Contrie, reflecting on the concept for the leather-goods atelier that she opened just off Rue St Honoré in Paris five years ago. A selection of women's and men's bags are displayed on the ground floor of laContrie while downstairs two artisans work away at producing them - entirely to each client's choice of leather, style, lining, hot stamping and trim. She estimates there are about 14,000 possible combinations in total and each bag takes three days to handcraft. The collection is simple and timeless and the brand shows the importance of doing one thing and doing it well.
par Tom Morris, Takeharu Sato and Tyler Brûlé