Max Poglia works as simple and organic as possible.
Material choices often speak as much about designers as their own creations. In our exclusive conversation with Brazilian designer Max Poglia, we learned that his work ethic comes from his origins and his relationship with nature, which is reflected in his unique craftwork in leather pieces.
Sustainability is a huge aspect of Poglia’s brand and it shows through in its natural leather aging process. For him, it's important to keep these techniques alive and be aware of the effects of his creation, from start to end.
“We're careful about what we bring into the world; Poglia only works with veg-tanned leather and organic materials that nature affords us,” says the designer.
“We value the union of ethics + aesthetics. We try to keep everything as simple and organic as possible. Our leather process was created by a lucky incident in Italy where we had to dry a bag in the sun and treat it with olive oil later because it was what we had available. Since that day we turned it into our signature process […]
I believe the old techniques bring the human element that is nearly impossible to replicate, helping to preserve traditions, creating products with a “soul” and history which transcend generations.”
For Poglia, keeping the tradition of artisanal craftsmanship with natural materials like leather is more than relevant, it's necessary for a new world that understands the value of durable goods.
“I think many people, especially with the pandemic outbreak, are relearning to appreciate doing things the old school way in many facets of their lives. To me, this symbolizes a re-emergence of respect for the process,” he says.
“As an example, we often work with a 3-month-long waiting list for some products… but people are always willing to wait because they understand and value the craftsmanship behind the product, the story! I love that. They stay relevant because they last and have a history with them, what makes you want to keep it for the next generation.”
Poglia's designs symbolize new days of respect for the material and process.
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