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In this domain, making mistakes is very expensive. The first crucial thing
is the right choice of leathers. I prefer to select leathers by myself.
I visit international fairs where I consult my selection with specialists.

I pay high attention to the choice of exotic leathers, where not only
the quality but also the philosophy of tanneries is very important. The work with these exclusive materials is a work of artist and it is necessary to have a lot of patience and skill of to master this craft.


Before cutting all pieces, it is necessary to make a good control of each leather. I do an analysis looking for natural and mechanic faults of the leathers. Only with an eye and touch I can read the history of the animal.
I can find out how and where it once lived. It is essential to choose those leather models which do not have any faults. I have to respect the direction of the leather, which is changes in different parts of the body
of the animal. What I aim for is a leather model without any fault with which I could later work.


When all leather pieces have been cut they have to be reduced
to the right thickness on the special « splitting » machine.
During this process leather can become slightly deformed.
That's why the model has to be cut once again. Now all pieces are ready to have their edges thinned. It’s like a game of finding the correct formula for a perfect thickness and length of each piece and the final result.
This process is decisive for obtaining the so desirable « finesse »
which makes my products exceptional.


Carefully prepared pieces are key to the successful montage of a handbag. These pieces rotate between the sewing machine and handcraft works in the rhythm of clacking hammer. My experienced hands make arise a new object which, when finished, will attract a lot of attention. The montage is like a sculpture in which the leather, as an organic material, is converted to a special piece of art – the DA handbag


The sewing comes. It is the most difficult phase. If only one stitch is
« out », I can start all the work again. The ends of stitches are finished by hand. This diligent leather craft work creates the traditional appearance of the handbag.


The last finishing is a delicate operation which requires great skills.
It gives the final touch to the product. For example, for the « coupé net » when I do the final coloring of handbag edges, I put at least three layers of colors to obtain the smooth effect. The color is then fixed with a special machine under high temperature and it is reinforced by bee wax. This serves for protecting the edges of the leather and for making
a nice gloss.

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