While teaching the cello there, it was in Bolivia, in the heart of the Amazon, that Amandine Simon discovered a passion for leather goods.
San Ignacio de Moxos in the department of Beni, it is the Amazon which becomes pampas by clearing the land to cultivate soybeans and raise cattle. We live there to the rhythm of animist parties and the generator which stops every evening at 6 p.m. Amandine learns the art of leather from two families, between the houses made of woven palms and the clouds of fireflies. From hunting to tailoring, she discovers every step of the manufacturing process. Next to the open-air vats where the hides are tanned with tree bark, the artisans work the leathers with knives and machetes handcrafted from recycled materials. Leather ties are woven with the full range of South American saddlery stitches.
Amandine then makes saddles, hats, belts for the cowboys in the area, experiences her first ecological awareness and learns how to be slow.
Back in France, Amandine trained in a more academic way, refined her style and met Bruno.
He is a flower of Parisian asphalt. After a road trip from Paris to Beijing, he crossed China with a thumbs-up to redo the Silk Road and reach India.
He settles there several months a year between North and South and unearths precious stoles for luxury.
Suki was born somewhere between 2015 and 2016. When their daughter was born, Bruno and Amandine set up their family and their workshop in a secret and island paradise on the Seine.
Since 2020, it is in the heart of the 17th arrondissement of Paris that they have established their showroom workshop.