The leather accessories brand Caputo & Co. is a leather goods staple at stores as renowned as Barneys New York and Nordstrom. Designer Alex Caputo’s vision is to blend “American soul with Central American heart,” as stated on the label’s website. Based in New York, Caputo designs urban, luxurious but wearable and approachable messenger and duffle bags, totes, belts, bracelets, and IPad cases. Caputo & Co. uses eco-friendly leathers in bespoke colors created using natural vegetable tans.
For the brand’s new Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Caputo drew inspiration from an expedition he took to the alluring island of Bali. The gender neutral designs incorporate the rich, luscious colors of the island’s scenery, creating the collection’s fun, bright, tropical color palette. Neutrals are accented with blues and greens, delivering a subtle but noticeable pop.
The bags are developing using durable Vachetta eco-friendly leathers. Additionally, Alex creates his distinctive leather pieces with coated, durable and waxed canvases, incredible detailing and signature hardware. The bags in the new collection showcase a combination of mix leathers and canvases with hand-woven Guatemalan textiles. A Guatemalan sash “zig-zag” was designed to symbolize a body of water. In addition to the bags, the Spring/Summer 2015 collection introduces a small capsule of travel accessories to complement the line – a travel dopp kit, passport cases and wallets.
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The new Caputo & Co. belts range from washed to embossed leathers, and offer reversible styles that can become staples in every man’s wardrobe. These ingenious reversible belts utilize combinations of leathers, pops of color suede, and hand-woven ribbon. Braided leathers, webbing and whipstitch details, in addition to hand-woven textiles round out the collection. In addition to the more traditional styles, Alex has inserted a special styles such as a floral embossed belt and an ombre effected hand-painted belt.
In addition to bags and belts, the brand is known for their amazing unisex bracelets. Bracelets are offered in the signature single, double or triple wrap styles. In addition to leather and textile, Alex also incorporates the use of semi-precious stones and beads such as lapis lazuli, tiger-eye, coral, green and black onyx into the brand’s bracelets. Every piece of jewelry using the semi-precious stones is handmade in New York. Also, for this season, the designer worked with local Balinese artisans to create bracelets using lava stones and rudraksha beads.
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Caputo began designing his famous knotted leather bracelets for friends and family as a child. He started his namesake brand in 2010 after graduating from both the University of Florida in business and FIT for design.
Here are some of the most fantastic pieces from the new line.
(Lead photo courtesy of caputoandco.com)