Ricardo Hinojosa from Mexico
is the artisan in the spotlight this week
"Hola! I'm Ricardo from Guanajuato, Mexico, which is well known for quality leatherwork. I've always loved to design, even as a kid. I have a little workshop and I've developed an artistic sensibility for contemporary fashion trends, which I transmit through my designs.
"I believe today's fashions require innovative and daring designs, and this is what I aim to do with my work. I have gathered a team of artists, experts in the field, and together we share old and new techniques while working.
"I start by selecting the type of leather, either cow, goat or pigskin. Once I have settled on a particular design, I cut the leather as desired, and then proceed to sew it into shape. Sometimes I include a firm middle lining to help preserve the shape. I add the straps, zipper or button closure, and all the brass fixtures are made in Mexico.
"I combine tradition and vanguard in my designs, creating practical accessories that are proudly made by Mexican hands."