Ethnique Co. is the vision of Olivia and Carmine Savarese. We are a couple of italian-born creative minds which got intrigued by the sensuality of the genuine leather products. With a background as world travelers, strong design skills and an heritage of beauty, traditional handcraft works coming from their hometown Florence, combined with the dynamism of New York City, where we live and operate, we decided to start a top quality bags and accessories firm.
We take care of all the aspects of the business: from designing the bags to keep the relationship with manufacturers, selecting the materials, marketing and shipping the products.
Ethnique it started in 2017 after a long summer in Tuscany where we were meeting with leather manufactures, learning from them the art and the history of leather, which begun in Florence in the middle age. We decided to begin with a single simple model of bag, the “Carolinda”, which is inspired by a classic italian tote bag that we partially redesigned it performing some customizations, in order to improve the usability of the model and the materials within time, version after version.
Our products manufacturers are based in the traditional Florence leather district and we travel often to Italy from our studio in Brooklyn, NY where we spend time with them to follow the initial phases of our production process. We start sketching what we have in mind and we share ideas, we go to the leather shops to purchase the best genuine leather and we bring it to the manufactures to make a sample and if we are satisfied we start the production.