My masters taught me not only how to work with leather but also how to run a business, how to have patience, and values to live by. An artisan never stops learning: you can have a diploma and a seal, but you continue to learn throughout your life. I know I do, every day, even from those who learn from me.
José Luis Bazán
A fourth-generation leatherworker, José Luis Bazán brings a modern eye to a craft practiced in his hometown of Ubrique, Spain, since the 18th century. By the age of 21, he was creating bags and suitcases, eventually establishing his own workshop where he served clients such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel. In addition to partnerships with luxury brands such as Loewe, Bazán devotes time to developing his own techniques for moulding and engraving, creating textures and shapes using all kinds of elements and mixing leather with other materials.