We had the good fortune of connecting with Laetitia Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laetitia, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I have been lucky to work for multiple industries in the luxury market such as fashion, interior and automotive design. Those experiences taught me a lot about the manufacturing process of trimmed parts or products using noble materials such as leather. I am very attached to sustainability and try to avoid waste as much as I can. I realized that we have an opportunity to use the leather offcuts (and other materials) to save them from landfill. This is how this project came to life. I started to cut geometric shapes out of tiny samples and scraps to make Wall Hanging and then Jewelry.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I rescue mainly leather from the fashion and automotive industries to create statement jewelry and wall art. I love to play with colors and textures, like I do in my daily work life as a CMF designer. Because I am using scraps, I do not always have a large quantity of the same leather type or tint. I also needed to think about how to assemble tiny pieces of leather. I came up with this woven technic, avoiding stitching or complex secondary procedure. Once the first few geometric shapes are assembled, it creates a 3d motif, almost like flowers. I am often creating gradient using the smallest leather leftover, allowing me to be almost waste free, I am pretty proud of this!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There is so much to see! I would start by few days in Detroit visiting the Prentis Building and DeRoy Auditorium by Minoru Yamasaki or the Guardian and Fisher buildings, full of stories, Art and Heritage. To me, a trip in Motor City means a stop at the Ford Piquette Plant, the DIA Museum to see the Murals of Diego Rivera, and wake up on a Saturday morning for a cars and coffee on Woodward. Cranbrook House and Garden is my go-to place to relax, breath and disconnect. I advise a Diner at Johnny’s, a speak easy situated in Royal Oak with wonderful food and cocktails. I love places who communicate all forms of Art and Expressions like Eastern Market with the various murals, local farmers, and small businesses. The beauty of Michigan is also in it’s nature. If time allows few days in an A-frame house in the Majesty Forest by the River is charming and a Pure Michigan experience I recommend.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Thanks to all the Michigan Makers who inspire me everyday to do more and push myself in this adventure!