In a small village close to Barranquilla, Colombia, are a group of 36 skillful women. Started as what would have been considered as a cooperative in 2002, the women of Arte & Tejido are all expert artisans that employ a beautiful and traditional crochet technique.
unique, classic pieces
Taking inspiration from cultural influences and their natural surroundings, the artisans create unique, classic pieces with a modern and chic approach making for the perfect bag. All materials used by the artisans are from 100% natural fibres of cotton and eco-friendly synthetics. With some imperfections in the fibres, this does not compromise the quality of the products but rather are testimonial of the natural characteristic of the fibres, giving each bag their own personality.
these bags are their own masterpieces
Exquisitely hand-crocheted, the exterior’s unique design mirrors the interior, with the bottom that matches this beautiful pattern, these bags are their own masterpieces. As each piece can take between two to three weeks from start to finish, they are truly special, celebrating timeless Colombian artistry.
Luxury celebrates fine attention to detail, true originality, exclusivity and most importantly, quality. This is something we treasure at Artementae. Our Italian bags have been hand-crafted to perfect using the high-quality, buttery soft yet resistant calfskin leather by the incredible, Andrea Ribichini.
Andrea has created bags for some of the most luxurious fashion houses
Being a third-generation from a family of artisans, Andrea has created bags for some of the most luxurious fashion houses worldwide. Growing up watching his father, Giuseppe, experiment with different textures of leather and techniques, Andrea found a passion for the craft himself. “I still remember when he had the idea of cutting leather in strips to then woven the strips together. Everybody thought he was crazy.”
flawless, intricate fashion pieces
Andrea carries his father’s innovative technique through to his work today, creating flawless, intricate fashion pieces using the highest quality leather that will last a lifetime. Made from his own two hands, each bag can take between one to six days to make, as Andrea takes pride in that no two bags are truly the same, each with their own personality. Lined in high-quality twill cotton with internal pockets, gold zips and details, Andrea Ribichini bags represent true Italian craftsmanship.