Métier pairs a passion for classic luxury designs with an obsession for elegant solutions to modern problems. Stubbornly uncompromising in both beauty and use, each piece is a masterwork of juxtapositions—light but lasting; beautiful but purpose-driven; fresh-faced but armed with the wisdom of the ages.
Every element is engineered from scratch to exacting specifications. Guided by the twin idols of beauty and purpose, shapes are worked endlessly to achieve just the right combination of integrity and slouch. Cleverly compartmentalized and flawlessly executed, bags drape against the wearer’s body with maximum ease and balance, and conform seamlessly to individual needs.
All-brass hardware is tough but smooth, and pretty enough to belong in a jeweler’s case. Clasps have been engineered to close with a click as satisfying as the door of a vintage sports car. Every bag is lined in the house’s signature Amarone Alcantara.
Métier is hand-made by the highest-skilled craftsmen and women in a storied Italian Atelier. Every detail, from edge paint, to heat-sealed seams, to the precisely varying thickness of each layer of leather, is a point of personal pride for the man or woman whose hands have called it into being.
It took 3 years to invent a process capable of producing Melissa’s designs: lightweight but lasting; structured but slouchy; as much a pleasure to carry as to use. A single maker inside our Atelier shepherds each piece from analysis of the sketch and 3D model to hand-fabrication of every stitch, pleat, and seam finish—a detail that sets Métier.
Multiple layers of varying thicknesses are required to achieve the correct amount of play in each item—like sides that will graciously give when worn against the body, or gently collapse without sacrificing the integrity of the entire piece. Extreme precision is required as even 1mm in the wrong direction can ruin the design.
Hundreds of stitches, a precisely-placed stud, a cleverly-concealed buckle and strap—so much remains invisible to the eye but does the work of ensuring that the fine, natural leather won’t pull or bunch when force is applied to the pressure points (like, say, the lifting of a handle). This is what our Master Craftsman calls “Invisible Luxury.”