I had a little Q&A with Marta and Mon, the Spanish designers behind the leather handbag line Nubuck Cuir. They focus on quality, tradition and patience and the result is perfección.
In a few sentences could you tell us what you do?
Designing and making leather accessories for women and men, all traditional pieces, controlling the maximum quality and local provenance. Looking for a perfect union between design and craftsmanship.
Where are you from and has that played a part in your creative process?
We come from Igualada, a city where tradition has always been in the leather. This is why we made studies crafts with leather in the city and we meet. Leather has been an important part of the city. On both sides, the families come from rural areas, therefore, the nature has been and is one of the most important parts in the creation and inspiration for our pieces.
First you have to plant a lot, after a time you can pick the fruits. Patience is very important.
What is one of the biggest hurdles that you’ve come across and solved since starting your business?
Our biggest obstacle was how to be visible. We are artisans, we love our work but be visible in the world is a complicated part for a craftsman. Internet is the fastest way for us to be connected with everyone and we try to be up to date and be consistent.
Do you have a design philosophy or a set of values that applies to your work?
Mainly, our philosophy is to be in harmony with nature. We like our environment and we took advantage of the workshop in an idyllic setting. We like to work with materials proximity and with the best possible quality! The details of the pieces are also very important .. design and produce pieces that would like us to supply full part of us, of how we are.
If you could give another designer advice for success in running their own business what would it be?
After great efforts everything has its reward. First you have to plant a lot, after a time you can pick the fruits. Patience is very important.
What does the future hold for you? What is your next project? Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?
The future is very uncertain. We like to live in the present and enjoy the moment. Our next project is to continue with Nubuck Cuir, continue with the same traditional process from the beginning, continue with proximity and quality products, continue to get products to people who love, continue with all the details and continue to enjoy our work!