Tsatsas handbags – sophisticated design from Frankfurt
In addition to their long family tradition of producing fine leather goods in Germany’s former handbag centre Offenbach, both designers of Tsatsas have a background in designing – Dimitrios Tsatsas as Industrial Designer and Esther Schulze-Tsatsas as an Architect. In the following they tell us more about Tsatsas handbags.
What influences take your design backgrounds on your handbag designs?
Our knowledge of architecture and design has taught us to focus on the essentials. Instead of working on the superficial, that is decorative level, when designing a product we focus on the core of an object and work it out.
What are the special characteristics of Tsatsas handbags?
Each TSATSAS product stands on its own. Each design has a central theme, a starting point or a special feature around which we begin to work – with the aim of transforming it into a three-dimensional object. All of our designs have a strong focus on the highest quality materials, from leather to zip fasteners to fittings, as well as a signature aesthetic of reduction to the essentials.
You barely show your logo on your handbags. Why?
A logo has no meaning to us. As a purely superficial feature, it does not use or improve the design of a bag. Thus, we keep it inside our products, visible only to their owners. If the TSATSAS logo is featured outside a bag, then only for a reason we feel worth it doing so – e.g. the design of the model FLUKE, where the inner life of the bag is reversed into the outer design, giving way for the logo and the individual production number of every TSATSAS bag to feature on the surface.
What is your favourite working tool for the production of Tsatsas handbags and why?
The leather knife is one of our most important working tools, both in the design process as in the production of our bags and accessories. We pass very quickly into a three-dimensional level when working on a bag – as soon as an initial idea for a design in the space stands, we begin to explore these further by means of models. In order to be able to derive proportions, folds and later behaviour in real life, we almost always work with leather, directly. The knife serves as a translation between our idea and the material. The knife is also relevant in the production process – in the fine nail artisan that all TSATSAS products are manufactured, all components are cut by hand with a leather knife.
What means the leather craft in Germany to you?
The German leather craft once had its centre in Offenbach am Main and was well known all over Germany. Today, unfortunately, only a few last leather processing companies are located on the site, including Dimitrios Tsatsas’ father, who has been working as a craftsman for almost 40 years. At our international TSATSAS stores in Japan, Dubai or Switzerland, amongst others, the label “Handcrafted in Germany” is a seal of quality, guaranteeing a very high quality and above all fair wages, production- and working conditions.
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