alud is the independent leather accessories collaboration of English-style saddler Martin Zalud and designer Alicia Zaludova. Their work is an unlikely juxtaposition of an ancient craft and unconventional design. Applying his mastery of traditional European saddlery, for which he trained and apprenticed for four years in his native Prague, Martin individually hand-sews each piece without the use of a machine, in accord with centuries-old techniques. Their handbags and other personal accessories are a rare combination of old-world quality and mold-shattering design, an unusual pairing in our time of mass production.
Florence Wetterwald is a French designer living in America. She brings European style to the American market with her adorable knitted goods for children. The line is knitted by women's cooperatives in Peru. Blabla has been working with the same people for many years, utilizing their talents to bring Florence's designs to life.