MySkin Manufactory creates leather accessories synonymous with youthful experimentation and refined high-fashion necessities. Transforming leftover leather into a beautiful piece of decoration whether it be for your neck, wrist or shoulder blade. Tanja and Gianandrea are a power couple in redefining said accessories that are at once timeless, modern, colorful, fun and elegant.

Added details such as studs, chains do give an added flair of rebellious sensuality, but other details such as the rounded out collars, smooth leather, and weaving refer to a past quaintness and whimsical future. As one can see on their website, these are fun accents to anyone’s wardrobe, but the story behind the pieces and the company is one to warm your heart and believe in symbiosis between the introverted creativity process and the extroverted tactile object of desire.

Our aim is to give to leather a new perspective, maintaining the raw quality of the material and elevating it to a valuable accessory.

What are you currently working on?
We are working on a fashion video right now. We are at the very beginning, trying to figure out a storyboard which can fulfill MySkin Manufactory brand mood. Fortunately I have great collaborators such as the ph. Michela Amadei and the videomaker Niccolò Palomba, I am sure that something awesome is going to come out. Stay tuned!

Why do you do what you do?
We spend so much time doing stuff we have to do, by obligation, and this is the only thing we do because we really want and enjoy!

Describe what you do.
We (me and my partner Gianandrea) design leather accessories, (bracelets, collar, necklaces, bags) combining high quality leather with metal (chain, studs).

Our aim is to give to leather a new perspective, maintaining the raw quality of the material and elevating it to a valuable accessory.

Tell us about your process.
First we concentrate on what is around us, we then figure out what we want to do. We choose the kind of leather/colors we want to work with accordingly and spend days and days experimenting. At the end, the final product never corresponds to the one of the beginning, but  I think this is quite normal! Or at least I hope so…

Where do you find your material?
We buy leather in Florence, Rome and in small shops, often they are very old and dusty. In such places the atmosphere is always so ancient, authentic and beautiful. You come in contact with old people who always have stories to tell, advice to give or something to warn you against. It is always very interesting to hear the stories behind such interesting and mysterious places.

What is your least favorite aspects of the fashion industry?
My least favorite aspect is that there is something for everyone.

You come in contact with old people who always have stories to tell, advice to give or something to warn you against. It is always very interesting to hear the stories behind such interesting and mysterious places.

What do you eat for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
Oh! breakfast is my favorite meal! I like to eat everything from sweet (cereals, marmalade, chocolate, pancakes) to salty things (egg and bacon, cheese, ham…). Yes I know, it’s cheaper to buy me a dress than invite me for breakfast!

What is the one possession you couldn’t live without and why?
Pictures, that is absolutely the one thing. I like to sit down, take my time and immerse myself in the mood of my own old photographs. I think it is a way of not forgetting what I did, and how much I have lived and achieved, and in retrospect all the steps that got me to where I am now.

Light is everything to me: energy, strength and creativity. But we love light because there is obscurity and darkness, otherwise we couldn’t appreciate it so much.

Is light important to you?
Light is everything to me: energy, strength and creativity. But we love light because there is obscurity and darkness, otherwise we couldn’t appreciate it so much. That’s the reason why I also love darkness, which represents silence, reflection and introspection. Also a very important aspect to me.

What do you like to do to decompress from the stress of your work/passion?
I like to clean my house. I know it’s strange, most people would say: I like to go out with friends clubbing and so on. For me it’s like a sort of “spiritual cleaning” (ahuahua)! It’s manual work that distracts me,  it doesn’t need so much concentration, only physical strength.  I live this moment like a regeneration moment. “Clean house, clean mind”, this is my motto: it’s a kind of reset for me.
When I am finished, I feel proud and satisfied: ready to start again, and strong enough to face the week.

Photographs by Jennifer Marke
My Skin Manufactory website