From the craftsmanship to the custom-made creation, we would like to introduce you to our latest discovery and new inspiration:the Atelier Penso. He shared with us his vision of time and beloved work.
A journey in the atelier of craftsmanship
After a café in the XIXth district of Paris, you sneak behind a wall leading to a typically Parisian cobblestone street. Then, you arrive in front of a green workshop door which welcomes you with the noble smell of leather and antique oil machinery.
Wearing a black t-shirt with rolled-up sleeves, sneakers, silver rings, symbolic tattoos and the look of a cheeky Parisian, it is not the ex-professional fencer or even the Ivy League grad who welcomes you, but the craftsman Adrien Penso, owner of the Atelier Penso. “What’s up”, he smirks, coming to you from the bottom of his workshop. He holds out his clean wrist before you, his unshakeable hands covered with oil and dust.
The creative leather smith, Penso chooses, cuts, threads and assembles the high-quality leather, which makes the Atelier Penso’s bags. We are in the pure craftsmanship.
From intuition to design, through the final initials engraving, Penso is very meticulous. “With leather-like this, the bag has to be perfect” Penso says before grabbing a huge leather piece under the cutting table.
Timeless and uncluttered, the design of his creations always come along with various customizations. Like its carrier, the bag is going to live, wrinkle and tan, to present the marks of time, as Penso says “Time exists because we are alive”.
Fluctuat Nec Mergitur
Working with craftsmen is not about thinking of the ultimate result, but it is thinking of all the small gestures which forge an exceptional piece. Finally, what is craftsmanship? Before being a discipline, it is an applied philosophy where the imagination becomes reality. Take a piece of leather or a block of steel and it becomes your Ariadne’s thread.
Regardless the process, every object is different, unique and atypical. It is the result of a sudden madness, an inattention, and a state of mood. Every craftsman wants to reveal his/her passion. For Beaubleu, as for L’atelier Penso, it’s the story of ” travail bien-aimé” (beloved work). When you create refined pieces, you wish to communicate a character and a harshness. These scratches and scars will soak and begin to make the product, withstanding the test of time.
Finally, Beaubleu and the Atelier Penso share this common vision of the time and the work.