Throughout time, Across cultures
Altari brings together modern designs, Italian craftsmanship and the ancient art of Tatar leather mosaics to create distinctive and unreplicable handbags. Our mission is to revive the 1500-year-old mosaic art. We work hand-in-hand with the last remaining masters of this craft to foster the next generation of mosaic artist.Buy Now
Italian leather and savoire-faire
We hand-pick butter-soft calf leather in Italy where our artisans meticulously cut every piece of each mosaic and prepare it for stitching. Each mosaic is matched with metallic and pearled silk threads and is sent to Tatarstan, Russia.Buy Now
From Russia with love
Materials reach artists in Russia. Working with the signature Kazan technique they hand-stitch three single threads in a cord-like border joining each piece of the mosaic. Thousands of stitches and hours of work are required to complete each mosaic.
Synergy of crafts
All of this comes together to create our unique pieces. The parts are put together by our top level Italian artisans. They have been working with heritage brands for decades, in a Napolitan area known for the meticulous leatherwork associated with luxury handbags. Each handbag is an individual work of art.Buy Now
Synergy of crafts
All elements of an Altari handbag come together in the hands of our Italian craftsmen. The exquisite skill of Neapolitan artisans brings to life our vision of an object created by the joining of cultures, peoples and traditions far apart. More than the sum of its part, Altari handbags are the first manifestation of a new era of creation led by cultural amalgamation and deep respect for the shared heritage that defines us as specie.Buy Now
On a personal note
The finished product is carefully transported to London where our founders, Alessio and Elvira, lovingly package each handbag and include a note for every client who has joined us in our journey.Buy Now
The perfect pop of color for an all-black ensemble, this structured clutch features a leather mosaic motif centre-piece running the full width of the bag, also doubling as the main strap.
Stitched to the inside of the front section is a small slip pocket. The front flap fastens to the body through a custom-made mechanism.
- Handbag made in Italy
- Mosaic hand-stitched in Tatarstan, Russia according to ancient techniques
- 100% Italian calf leather (and suede for Black variant)
- Custom-made brass lock, gold plated and hand-brushed
- Carry in hand from the upper leather handle or leather mosaic strap
- Small interior slip pocket
- 23 x 15 x 5.5 cm
Altari is on a mission to save ancient craftsmanship from extinction. We have partnered with Provenance to make transparent our impact on art, people and communities.