São Pauloâ€™s Atelier Urbano is a house of style and inspiration when it comes to their chic bags. The handmade Winter 2007 collection (northern and southern hemispheres have opposite seasons) employ macramé weaving, special leathers, hardware details, mosaic and quilted patterns into purses that urge their owners to consider them the first integral part of an outfit rather than just a final complementing component. There are a variety of sizes and styles, from smaller snakeskin clutches to bigger, weaved leather varieties.
Motivated by the lack of innovative and modern designs in the accessories market, Aline Prado and Michele Yumi launched Atelier Urbano in 2004. Their idea was to incorporate macramé, Arabian techniques and special materials to attract customers.
Atelier Urbano bags are available at select stores world-wide including Harrods and Selfridges in London, Surface to Air and Doc Dog in Sao Paulo, and NYArtifical in New York. Check out the full Winter 2007 line here.