Naomi Goodsir’s Leather Creations Are True Genius

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Aussie designer Naomi Goodsir works only with the best when it comes to her hats, bags + body accoutrements.  With a history in couture millinery, after receiving her fashion degree, she went on to work with a close protege of Elsa Schaiparelli + it shows.

With hats made by hand in the tradition of chapellerie, Goodsir scours antique spots + manufacturers of raw materials to achieve her inimitable masterpieces.  No hat is the same, as they are made to measure.  Her reinterpretations of the Aviator hat also double as jewelry, with long side flaps that can be wrapped around the wearer’s neck as a necklace or scarf (see below) or even as long single earring, with that previous look in mind.

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As for the handbags, the same master craftsmanship + quality materials are used for her creations.  Some are cut + sewn by hand, using quality skins including exotic like crocodile from Australia.  Other aspects of her handbags are created with the help of artisans Naomi uses from Australia, France + Italy, whom generation after generation contribute to the prestige of belle maroquinerie (beautiful leather).  However, the sweetest feature of Naomi’s handbags is the vintage Australian penny they come with for luck.

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I see how Naomi also sees the relationship to leather being the closest thing to human skin when worn not only just as an accessory but as a ‘body accoutrement’, as she calls it.  For her, these pieces are all about creating a detail, a focal point, a compliment, to be worn with enjoyment, enhancing ones persona.  Talk about drama.

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(via ASVOF)

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