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OUR STORY

 

Established in Mayfair, London in 2017, Métier designs elegant solutions for modern problems. Each bag is handcrafted in Italy, marrying timeless tradition and exceptional attention to detail with a profound understanding of the way that we live now. Extraordinary quality isn’t saved for a special occasion at Métier—it’s put into play every day, in every way. 

Founder & Designer, Melissa Morris

 

“I love form and function. Superfluous doesn’t make sense to me. A product has to perform otherwise it’s better not to have anything at all.”

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Melissa studied sculpture and business at Emory University in Atlanta before embarking on a career in the fashion industry where she worked for esteemed houses, from Armani to Helmut Lang. Yet, she always had her own idea of what luxury should be and what a brand could be: aspirational but relatable, timeless but of-the-moment. A product that’s indisputably beautiful but befits an urban lifestyle; an exquisite kind of utility.

“I love the story about Christian Dior, who famously refused to cut a dress in velvet for a client who was attending the opera. He said, ‘I can’t do that, you will be sitting, the fabric will get crushed.’ I love that. That is the difference; that’s what luxury is, it’s this real obsession about doing something so perfectly and thoughtfully."

From hand braided handles to the solid brass hardware, Métier is luxury that lasts– an investment for life, to be treasured for generations to come.

“Replacement and luxury were two ideas which never made sense together to me. Our clients build their collections over time rather than replace what they already have.”

OUR CRAFTSMANSHIP

 

Hand-crafted in Italy by the highest-skilled artisans in the world, each Métier piece takes 20 hours on average to make. Each individual panel of leather has a precise and unique thickness depending on its function.

Re-purposing artisanal methods, we studied the pressure points of each bag and developed a unique way to reinforce with a focus on those points. The result is a bag that is durable yet super lightweight. We use extra strong thread, commonly used in crafting shoes, for the most critical points.

From our solid brass hardware to our precisely painted edge paint, no detail is too small to perfect. Our handles are crafted from a soft rope whose width has been precisely measured to grip comfortably, while the foil logo is sourced from the suppliers who restore Italian cathedrals to ensure it stands the test of time.

 

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