Mate: A briefcase merging casual coolness with refined appearance April 02 2017
The idea that later would translate into the Mate style, was the inspiration of a hybrid between a briefcase and tote bag. Tote bags are usually informal, soft and open while briefcases are wider (PC format), with a more rigid construction and a sharper look. It’s in this grey zone between two types of bags the Mate was developed. We wanted to create a dual hybrid - a briefcase and a tote bag, merging casual coolness with refined appearance.
The design of the bag is cut down to the very basics to allow the textured vegetable tanned full-grain leather to take space and set it’s own expression. The dimension of the bag (L:40 H:37 W:8cm) is slightly oversized compared to a normal briefcase, adding a little to the height of the bag to allow the leather to catch a rich and natural draping. The leather truly is an imperative part of the Mate. Specially developed by Mismo, this full-grain leather features an entirely unique look and feel. It’s treated in a way that accentuates the natural veins of the hide, leaving the surface texture exceptionally soft, thick and grainy.
When using such rich and natural leather, too many details can lead the attention away from the beauty of the leather itself. This simplistic approach is taken not only for the Mate style but it’s a recurring theme for all the styles within the Studio collection - all to give the leather it’s rightful attention. The end result is a bag that doesn’t have a predefined purpose as a tote bag or a briefcase, pushing to the outmost casualness while maintaining a refined look of leather. Trimmed with Mismo’s trademark full-grain bridle leather and solid brass accessories for the perfect combination of personality and durability.
Mate comes in Black or Tabac leather, features a smooth running zip top YKK Excella zipper and an inside composed of a zipped pocket on the one side with two smaller slide down pockets and a leather patch pocket for business cards on the opposite site. Solid handles in two layers of bridle leather ensures a firm grip and a clean look with the bridle leather continuing all the way around the bottom of the bag. Signature striped MISMO cotton/nylon lining throughout the interior adds a final touch of elegance.
Equipped with an adjustable and removable bridle leather shoulder strap this bag is a destined companion either as a stylish shopper en-route or a trusted office companion.