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Monday, July 28, 2014

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Ours was a good one, but today I am going to get right down to business because I am so very excited to share with you, not only the beautiful and intriguing collection of Scarr co., but an interview with the woman behind the brand, Sonia Scarr. As soon as I clicked on Sonia's webshop my heart skipped a beat. I wish I was a more eloquent writer so I could adequately describe how completely enamored I am by her designs, but I am confident that you must be feeling the same way at this point. The juxtaposition of the graphic shapes, with the pale and supple leathers, the hand-stitching, and the precision of each design - it is completely inspiring and intoxicating.








Sonia lives in a beachside town called Sea Cliff, NY, which is about 20 miles outside of Manhattan/NYC, where she used to live until last October. Sonia shares her home with her also amazingly talented boyfriend Ryden (he is owner/designer of the lighting company Allied Maker), their rabbit Cecelia and their hamster Mr. Brown. Scarr is Sonia's leather goods/home accessories company that she started just a few months ago (can you believe that? just a few months ago!).


1: When and how did you get started in leather working?

I began producing the leather and textile accessories for my boyfriend’s lighting company. At the time a few products had a touch of leather or felt on them, and we worked in collaboration. I loved working with leather so much I began working with it exclusively and started my own company. I lose myself in the tactile, visceral, sensuous experience of creating a three-dimensional piece. 

2. What is your design process like? 

I think of products I'd like to own, that I haven't seen before, that others may enjoy using too. I try not to create menial products just because I "should"--I want to be wholly inspired in the work. In my studio, I create a sample pattern out of canvas or paper, then a prototype out of the real material.


3: All of your items are hand-stitched and hand-crafted, which I wholly admire, can you share with us about what it takes to craft each piece? 

After years of working as a graphic designer, staring at a computer screen all day and feeling so disconnected from my work, I longed to create products where my handwork was really evident. Hand-stitching leather is a fairly slow but traditional process that is known for its longevity and resilience. I could certainly use a sewing machine or outsource production, but my current process creates an intimacy between maker, product, and customer that cannot be found in mass-manufacturing. 

4. What are most inspired by creatively?

Nature and science. Specifically the geometry found in nature, like the hexagons of a honeycomb, but also phenomena that's not structured at all, like a nebula or a storm. I grew up in the country, so all the workhorse tools that surrounded me, and their aesthetic, also inspire me.

5. I see that you also take custom orders, can you share with us what kind of custom items a client might be able to have created by you? 

I welcome any custom project or idea. I can stamp your company's logo onto coasters for your office, work with your design to create a custom handbag, make a decorative wall hanging, or add a leather inset to your own craft object (which is how I got started--wrapping leather onto wooden bases of lamps). To give you an idea, I've worked with interior designers to upholster chairs and hanging racks, with retailers on custom colorways of existing products, and even jewelry designers to create displays for their work.  

6: Where can people find your products? 

My website, scarr.co, or for custom orders: studio@scarr.co

Retailers: General Store in Venice and San Francisco: http://shop-generalstore.com/
Love Ding in Austin, TX: http://withlovefromding.com/

Scoutmob Shoppe: http://scoutmob.com/a/scarr

Many thanks to Sonia for sharing not only her amazing hand-crafted leather-works but also giving us a behind-the-scenes look at her process and inspirations. 

12 comments:

  1. OMG, jaw-dropping gorgeousness. I thought the bag had me and then I saw that box. It's just stunning. And I love interviews like this because I love the chance to meet the people behind these gorgeous products. So happy. :)

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    1. i know. i could easily have one of each of everything and still want more!

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  2. I love her answer about the geometry in nature, the honeycombs and other shapes. If someone had bothered to teach it to me that way in school, I would have had a better aptitude for the subject. Seriously though, her designs are stunning, and look so buttery and soft. Thank you for sharing!! I sort of want to add "Mr." to Fitz's name now, haha, a la Mr. Brown. xo

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    1. i agree, all of her answers were so wonderful.

      i call marla miss marla. i always like a miss or mr before a name. it adds a little dignity and pizzaz.

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  3. You are right, her work is impeccable and I LOVE those potted plant holders...VERY cool!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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    1. me too and it looks like the just fit like a glove. definitely a way to elevate the terracotta.

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  4. Just beautiful! How adorable are the plant pot cozies?!?

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    1. i love how modern, yet also earthy they are. perfection.

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  5. wonderful. I am absolutely in love with her work. thanks for sharing :)

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  6. so beautiful. i agree with erin above, her products look so buttery soft in color and in texture!

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    1. they do, even in their structure they still have such a softness to them.

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