Summer 2014: Design
SPRING 2015 - WINTER 2016: CRAFT
Once the designs were in place, I was back and forth between Berlin and Italy for two years as we developed our products. Our concept was never to make a collection of bags that were only functional. Instead, the challenge was to make a collection of bags that were as practical as they were refined. In the same way that a car drives, but a luxury car drives more elegantly, I wanted to bridge performance and luxury for the leather goods market.
Italy was the only place we ever considered to craft the collection. The mastery of the artisans and their passion for their craft is intoxicating. We knew they would be the only partners who could realize such a precise and challenging concept.
SUMMER 2016- SPRING 2017: FLAGSHIP
APRIL 2017: LAUNCH - PRESENT
After 3 years since the first sketch in Berlin, we opened our shop on April 17, 2017. I cannot decide if it seems like time has flown or if it feels like a lifetime ago; a bit of both I guess. There have been so many unexpected highs and lows, but one thing that has kept us going are the people who have championed us. From our clients to our artisans to those in the industry who have stood behind us, we have been really fortunate to have attracted the best in class across the board.
So much has happened since we first opened our doors, but here are some highlights that first come to mind:
Immediately after the BFC panel day, the current global Covid-19 crisis began to spin out of control and we have been in lockdown since. I feel like to have had this moment be the one which our story pauses on, and an incredible reminder of how much can change so quickly and to never take anything for granted.
Looking back on the last 6 years – from 3 years of development and 3 years since our launch – I am so proud of what we have done. I am grateful for all the support and encouragement from everyone around the brand, especially those who have been part of the Métier team. It is not easy to chart a new path, but none of it would ever have happened without the passion and commitment of the team I am thankful to be a part of. I think the biggest lesson I have learned is the strength in being nimble while simulataneously being absolutely uncompromising in the heart of your vision. The current crisis is just another testament to that resolve.
While I am so proud of what we have done so far, I am even more excited for whats to come. We have been working hard behind the scenes these weeks from lockdown and have been finally able to kick off a project I had been wanting to do for a very long time… I look forward to celebrating it with you when we unveil it next year! Until then, here’s to all that’s to come for Métier and beyond.
Stay safe and healthy, and thank you.