Wei Li’s Encased Leather Luggage

3D models of the human form meet handmade leather for functional art

While exemplary luggage brands abound, we’ve never quite seen anything like artist Wei Li‘s most recent collection, dubbed “Encased.” Li evokes physical attributes, by way of body, balance and tension—from actual human models. 3D renderings lead to mold construction, as Li ultimately modifies high end leather so that it bears something sensual, equal parts soft and strong. “I guess I didn’t start the project knowing …