Designer Info: Rafael Sanchez

Designer Info: Rafael Sanchez

Rafael Sanchez

A portrait painter, designer, museum filling world traveler, Rafael Sanchez has been making his own line of bags, by hand, for 38 years. He utilizes his time spent in high-end wall paper design in Asia to craft his own leather texture plates. The tanneries he uses manufacturer soft calf and lamb skin leathers for him exclusively for 6 months before they are released to the public. His leathers are so fine they are usually chosen by garment makers for their lively and refined feel. Mr. Sanchez himself uses them to cover structured purses, no two the same.

His pieces are inspired and by travel and each is as unique as the story behind its materials. Mr. Sanchez adorns his work with pieces of jade, cinebar, bone and other precious natural materials he has found over the years, often appropriated from antique jewelry and not uncommonly found from tomb excavations. Each bag comes with the artist's near mystical touch and a balance of history and modernity. The cords and tassels he uses are custom-made to his specification by artists in New York who employ traditional techniques from the Chinese Ching Dynasty. Each bag is perfectly lined in grosgrain for a clean and durable finish.

To wear a Sanchez bag is to bring the museum with you to dinner, to hold a piece of history, of expression, of passion for art. Embody the luxury.