While she taught the cello there, it was in Bolivia, in the heart of the Amazon, that Amanda Simon discovered a passion for leather goods.
San Ignacio de Moxos in the department of Beni, it is the Amazon that becomes pampas with clearing to grow soybeans and raise cattle. We live there to the rhythm of animist parties and the generator which stops every evening at 6 p.m. Between the woven palm houses and the clouds of fireflies, Amandine learned the art of leather from two families.
From hunting to making, she discovers each step of the manufacturing process. Next to the open-air vats where the skins are tanned with tree bark, the craftsmen work the leather with knives and machetes made by hand from recycled materials. Leather ties are braided with the full range of South American upholstery stitches.
Amandine then makes saddles, hats, belts for the local cowboys, experiences her first ecological awareness and learns 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 bitumen. After a road trip from Paris to Beijing, he crosses China with a thumbs-up to redo the Silk Road and reach India. He settled there several months a year between the North and the South and unearthed 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 leather 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 where they design and make all their collections.