Sara Battiston is the founder and director of the London Leather Workshop. Sara and her co-founder Melissa recently completed a collaboration with NFW to create a set of beautiful accessory prototypes using MIRUM®. We sat down with Sara to talk fashion, sustainability, and what she loved most about working with MIRUM.
What is the London Leather Workshop?
The London Leather Workshop is a single place where customers interested in learning to design or make a product or customers looking to develop their own collections can find customized services to meet their needs. We started out in 2011, a decade ago now, and the business has expanded over the years to be what it is today.
We are able to assist customers at any point of their project, from designing to manufacturing. In addition to group classes, we also offer customized professional tuition to assist students in learning the exact range of skills they are looking to master.
What makes the London Leather Workshop unique is our personal and flexible approach and our willingness to always go the extra mile for our customers.
We love what we do and care about the outcome of each project.
What got you interested in fashion, and why leather in particular?
I personally gained an interest in fashion through the love of costume. I have always been fascinated by the relationship between a specific culture and its production of creative forms of expression such as art, fashion, music, etc., and how these aspects of culture were always intertwined with other aspects, such as religion, philosophy, politics. Costume used to have a very important role, and its multiple meanings across the culture of a specific society made me passionate about its history.
The curiosity for leather in particular started when I studied the art of leather appliques. Back then I discovered the infinite ways to work with leather, which make this material, together with its durability, a fantastic starting point for so many different uses.
Can you tell us what sustainability means to you and the London Leather Workshop?
Sustainability to us, in general, means getting informed and developing awareness of what impact humans are having on the planet and as a result developing a more ethical way to live.
Sustainability from a business point of view means creating a business profile that embraces and choses ethical and eco-conscious methods and materials across every aspect of the process.
Sustainability does not only mean choosing sustainable materials, but also taking into consideration the whole life cycle of the products when developing them. Things like the possibility to repair a product or providing the service to upcycle or recycle it at the end of its life are paramount aspects to be considered when designing a collection in order to develop a sustainable working system.
Can you talk about what it was like to work with MIRUM?