M.L. by Matteo Loi
Matteo Loi is a creative, an artisan and a musician. He left Sardinia and headed to the main Italian art cities, working at workshops and studying music. Back on the island, he honed his skills in leathercraft during his apprenticeship at a master cobbler's workshop in Ovodda. He began his activity as an artisan in 2010, first collaborating with Marlies Lisa Schmidt, the German owner of the renowned Marlies Leather Goods Shop in Oristano. He then took over the company, changing its name and location, but bringing in his skills, creativity and top quality. In 2011, he moved to London looking for new market opportunities and a broader experimental scenario. The craftsman defines his own creations as concepts-emotions sewn on first-quality materials, the products of his skills and imagination, unique pieces, just like us. Bags, belts and objets d'art, products of refined inspiration. Everything that leather can shape into earnest playful creations, is far from being boring.
His philosophy is to produce objects that may last for a long time, keeping their value. His production is diversified: bags for men and women, belts, office accessories and furniture, crafted by finding a balance between tradition and personal reinterpretations.
The craftsman makes an unusual choice in the organization of his workshop, merging production and exhibition in one space. In this way, customers can enjoy the place, the tools and the crafting methods. His creations start with the design of the artefact, followed by manual work: pattern design, cutting, skiving, brushing, marking, dyeing and sewing.
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