Just take a look and among the emerging fashion trends for 2013 you will see the intricate piece work or perhaps better known as patchwork. A classic design used frequently with geometrical shapes to form larger designs in repeating or variations of colors. Many will know of it as a creative way to recuperate scraps of material, simply think of the art of patchwork quilts. However not all designs are geometric in form – have a look at what Proenza has been showing on the catwalks. It’s clear from Vouge to Proenza to Givenchy, patchwork is in the air.
Shapes and prints mixed together for Proenza and Vogue to create a visual effect of blending colors. Whereas Givenchy uses stark contrasts and solid colors to accent the patchwork effect. 2013 is sure to highlight this age old craft and bring it to new heights.
The designer leather handbag FORTUNATA was certainly a forerunner for the Pierotucci collection exploring options on how to recuperate smaller pieces of precious leathers, embossed leather, printed leathers and top quality leather leftovers. The quartered pattern for the Fortunata handbag lent itself to re-utilizing smaller pieces by creating unique – one of a kind handbags / tote bags with personalized lining. The front and back panel of each handbag is divided into 4 sections which allows the cutter to utilize pieces from various productions to produce a total new design.
End result – the scraps kept getting smaller, so the Pierotucci design staff went back to the drawing board and created a pattern for the front and back panels of this one of a kind Italian leather handbag to come up with the miniature patchwork version. This manual intensive pattern is created right in the Pierotucci leather factory where each square is hand cut then matched up to create a totally unique and never seen before (and to be seen again) patchwork panel for the front and back of these limited edition handbags.
Once production is finished for the FORTUNATA leather handbag with the larger panel, the left over leather pieces are organized by color and pattern. The master craftsman then proceeds to cut smaller squares and stores them until he reaches the necessary quantity Each panel is made of 6 across and 7 down with a mix of up to 21 different types of leathers. The patchwork design on each panel is unique and repeated front and back – but not repeated for another bag thus the FORTUANTA label on the front will always reflect that this is the first and only bag in production of this type. This work is intensive manual labor but there is no way you can create so much beauty without a bit of effort!