Sight Unseen

STUDIO VISIT

Iriarte Iriarte, Clothing Designers by Monica Khemsurov

For more than three years, the Argentinean sisters Sol Caramilloni Iriarte and Carolina Lopez Gordillo Iriarte kept a design studio on the second floor of a building in Barcelona, handcrafting an eponymous line of leather bags in relative privacy. Sol, 32, was working part-time as a set designer for films; Carolina, 25, had just finished a year apprenticing under her friend Muñoz Vrandecic, the Spanish couture shoemaker. Called Iriarte Iriarte, it was a modest operation.
And then in June, fate intervened: A charming little storefront became available at Carrer de l’Esquirol No.1, on the same block as Vrandecic’s shop, and the sisters transformed it into a showroom and studio with an open, almost autobiographical quality. Their main focus is still the leather bags, which they make by hand in shapes evocative of the satchels they carried as students attending English-speaking private schools in Buenos Aires. But they also stock references to their more recent past, including a series of necklaces with charms they’ve picked up along their travels and a selection of vintage furniture and shop fixtures acquired by Sol from her set-design projects. Up a narrow flight of stairs in back, a lofted studio lets visitors watch from below as the sisters hand-tool the bags and experiment with new ideas, like a series of shoe prototypes or a just-launched line of clothing that also riffs on their old school uniforms. “We taught ourselves how to work leather, but it’s not the only thing we’re doing,” explains Sol. “The goal isn’t to become the greatest leather artisans ever, it’s to design. We love to design. And we’ve learned to do it better by doing it the old way.”

Sight Unseen (2009) 
Photo & Text: Monica Khemsurov

This item’s measurements are:

Height – 17 cm / 6.7 in
Width – 19.5 cm / 7.6 in
Depth – 5 cm / 2 in

This item’s measurements are:

Height – 11cm / 4.3in
Width – 21.5cm /8.4 in
Depth – 1cm/ 0.4in

This item’s measurements are:

Height – 15cm / 5.9in
Width – 21cm /8.2 in
Depth – 7cm / 2.7in
Strap drop length worn long- 53- 60 cm / 20.8- 23.6 in
Strap drop length worn short 9 cm/ 3.5 in
Weight – 

This item’s measurements are:

Height – 16cm / 6.2 in
Width – 20cm / 7.8 in
Depth – 5cm / 2 in
Strap drop length worn long- 54- 63 cm / 21.2- 24.8 in
Strap drop length worn short 8.5 cm/ 3.3 in
Weight – 

This item’s measurements are:

Height – 20cm / 7.8 in
Width – 24cm /9.4 in
Depth – 8cm/ 3.1in
Strap drop length worn long- 47 – 54 cm / 18.5 – 21.2- in
Strap drop length worn short 10 cm/ 4 in
Weight –

This item’s measurements are:

Height – 18cm / 7 in
Width – 29cm / 11.4 in
Depth – 13cm / 5.1 in
Strap drop length – 46 – 50/ 18- 20 in
Handle drop 4cm / 1.5 in
Weight –

This item’s measurements are:

Height – 8.5 cm/ 3.34in
Width – 10.5cm /4.1 in
Depth – 1cm/ 0.4in
Weight –

This item’s measurements are:

Height – 10cm / 3.93in
Width – 15cm /5.9 in
Depth – 1cm/ 0.41in
Weight –

This item’s measurements are:

Height – 15 cm / 5.9 in
Width – 21,5 cm / 8.4 in
Depth – 10 cm / 3,9 in

This item’s measurements are:

Height – 12 cm / 4.7in
Width – 18 cm / 7 in
Depth – 6 cm / 2.37 in

This item’s measurements are:

Height – 12 cm/ 4.7in
Width – 18 cm / 7 in
Depth – 6 cm/ 2.3 in

This item’s measurements are:

Height – 1.5 cm/ 0.5 in
Width – 7.5 cm / 2.9 in
Depth – 7.5 cm/ 2.9 in

This item’s measurements are:

Height – 12cm / 4.7 in
Width – 18cm /7 in
Depth – 7cm/2.7in
Strap drop length worn long- 53- 60 cm / 20.8- 23.6 in
Strap drop length worn short 6 cm/ 2.3 in
Weight –