From the far off shores of Spain, cult accessories label Lautēm has finally made its way to our sunny shores. Its name has roots in the Latin word 'lautē', which means excellence, and the brand has caught the eye of the fashion crowd for its covetable line of bags that call several inspirations to mind — modernist architecture and the Bauhaus movement, among others.
Started by Elena García Silva, the designer studied as an architect before switching careers to pursue her dream to join the world of fashion. "In a globalized world where you see the same designs over and over again, it is important to declare your independence, your personality and style," she told Spanish daily El Mundo in an interview. Her strict vision of designing bags with personality and style translates into sleek, modernist visions punched through with futuristic elements such as metallic handles that echo her architectural background.
Her first collection is titled 'Structurae' and consists of four unique designs that play with volume, proportion and contrasts. The label also lives up to its credo: Their bags are crafted by the finest artisans in Ubrique, the birthplace of leatherworking, and are scrupulously scrutinised for the tiniest flaws before being approved for retail.
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