Emphasizing sassy sculptural silhouettes, the German-born designer behind Gretchen, Anne-Christin Hofmann, creates geometrically-shaped bags in luscious leathers that are loaded with carefully thought-out details. Her knack for ace accessories is probably due to her somewhat "unfair" advantage: she grew up in the warm, leathery embrace of her family's leather-goods store, Otto Kessler, playing hide-and-seek with her brother in between the piles of skins and shelves filled with finished accessories. And as a teen with a talent for sketching and a growing interest in design, her nappa leather & ponyskin glove quickly became one of Otto Kessler's runaway best-sellers of the year.
Meaning "little pearl" in German, Gretchen is an old German name selected to pay homage both to her roots and her personal mission: "To create precious & sensual accessories for women, each of them individual, unique, and beautiful in nature."
Purchasing info at MyGretchen.com.
- Lesley Scott