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Florence, Italy

The Leather Goods Workshop

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By Rohan Dhir, founder of Archibald

It was March 2016 and we were approaching the second anniversary of our young brand. There is rarely general agreement at our studios, however in that one special meeting, despite the usual chaos - everyone was oddly on the same page. Early expansion was happening.

The risk would be confusing our existing business as Archibald Optics and required customers to assume we would use a consistent approach during our expansion. What we needed to do was go one better and in many ways by partnering with the craftsmen of Sabae in our very first showing we almost created a problem for ourselves.

Leather goods seemed a natural next product, and Florence was the place where we needed to get it done. However it seemed the city almost commoditized it's reputation a little too well, the landscape was saturated with poor products all 'Made in Italy' and so in order to find the craftsmanship that matched the levels of our eyewear craftsmen... we would need to dig deep and through an industry we knew very little about in search of the old-world masters who could help us expand the Archibald collection.


Chapter I

The Search

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Chapter II

The Gift of Experience

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Chapter III

Trouble Ensues

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