FEATURE | 4 December 2019

Title Photo: Courtesy of Isaac Reina
Interview & Intro: Martin Hufnagel

ISAAC REINA

Isaac Reina was born in Barcelona, where he studied architecture and fashion. He settled down in Paris in 1998 and joined Hermès at the men’s ready-to-wear studio. In 2006, he launched his eponymous line of leather accessories. Since then, the name Isaac Reina stands for beautiful, elegant, and high-quality leather items, made in France and Spain. To introduce him to you, we sat down with Isaac for a Q&A.

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Do you remember the first leather accessory that you fell in love with?

There are 2 possible answers:
Firstly, I don’t have a very strong souvenir of a specific leather accessory. Maybe one zipped folder document that belonged to my father in black and brilliant box calf, or a Kodak camera case in strong leather when I was a child.

Secondly, when I was working at Hermès (men’s ready-to-wear), I was impressed by the bags (and by everything else, of course), but more specifically, by the great small leather pieces, made in such a perfect way, so well thought out in all their details, and focused on usefulness above all!

At what point did you think about starting your own label?

I decided to move from clothing to accessories because I wanted to do something by myself. I was looking for the challenge to offer something interesting to my audience and to improve the technical aspects of my creations at the same time.

What’s your vision for Isaac Reina? Has it changed over the years?

My vision for Isaac Reina is an everlasting discussion with myself in order to create useful pieces. I'm always searching for the simplest and the smartest solution for everything; at the same time, doing research on the more modern and audacious forms and details in order to offer a contemporary and modern approach. Of course, I try to find the right balance between these classic-simple and modern-vanguard positions.

What are the next plans for your label and for you personally?

Today, we’re working very hard on production and logistics questions in order to be able to offer a relevant permanent collection to our customers. We're also working on commercial tools to expand our presence online and in shops and corners. Moreover, I’m very focused on developing a more important offer of egalitarian small pieces for everybody.

In the meantime, I’m working on other categories of products, such as furniture in leather and wood. A new project in this field will be presented in February 2020. 

How do you choose the leather for your accessories?

Leather is something fundamental for me. I’ve already tried other materials such as synthetics or fabrics, but they never achieved the amazing results of leather. Leather can be strong, soft, and sensual at the same time. It ages well, giving to the items a strong personality and creating an almost addictive relationship with their owners.

I select the leather for my creations on a case by case basis, depending on their intended function and desired characteristics, working very closely with the best in class tanneries of France, Italy, and Spain.

Black Mini Zipped Wallet
Black Mini Zipped Wallet
Black Mini Zipped Wallet

Isaac Reina

Black Mini Zipped Wallet

€185.00
  • 100% Double tanned calf leather
  • Colour: Black
  • Lining: 100% tanned calf leather
  • L-shaped zip opening
  • 1 main compartment
  • 2 card slots (credit card size)
  • Unisex
  • Measurements: 9.5cm x 6.5cm x 1.5cm

MADE IN FRANCE

Black Small Swing Bucket Bag
Black Small Swing Bucket Bag
Black Small Swing Bucket Bag
Black Small Swing Bucket Bag
Black Small Swing Bucket Bag
Black Small Swing Bucket Bag
Black Small Swing Bucket Bag
Black Small Swing Bucket Bag
Black Small Swing Bucket Bag

Isaac Reina

Black Small Swing Bucket Bag

€950.00
  • 100% Calf leather
  • Colour: Black
  • Double tanned leather
  • Small bucket bag
  • Carry it over your sholder
  • Adjustable & removable shoulder strap
  • Zip closure
  • 1 small slip pocket
  • Measurements: 30cm x 25cm x 17cm diameter

MADE IN SPAIN

Black Hitchcock Medium
Black Hitchcock Medium
Black Hitchcock Medium
Black Hitchcock Medium
Black Hitchcock Medium
Black Hitchcock Medium
Black Hitchcock Medium

Isaac Reina

Black Hitchcock Medium

€730.00
  • 100% Calf Leather
  • Colour: Black
  • Double tanned leather
  • Small bag
  • Carry it in your hand or over your sholder
  • 1 detachable and adjustable strap
  • 2 hidden rings to attach the strap
  • Invisible magnet snap closure
  • 2 large slip pockets on both side of the bag
  • 1 interior slip pocket
  • Unisex
  • Measurements: 30cm x 20cm x 10cm

MADE IN FRANCE

Pilot Bag
Pilot Bag
Isaac Reina Pilot Bag Man
Pilot Bag
Pilot Bag

Isaac Reina

Pilot Bag

€865.00
€346.00
  • 100% Calf Leather
  • Double tanned leather
  • Leather is a natural material, so it will vary in colour slightly
  • Carry it in your hand or over your shoulder
  • Detachable & adjustable strap
  • Zipper closure
  • 2 large front slip pockets
  • 1 interior slip pocket
  • Unisex
  • Measurements: 48cm x 34cm x 14.5cm

MADE IN FRANCE

Small Swing Bucket Bag
Small Swing Bucket Bag
Small Swing Bucket Bag
Small Swing Bucket Bag
Small Swing Bucket Bag

Isaac Reina

Small Swing Bucket Bag

€475.00
  • 100% Calf Leather
  • Double tanned leather
  • Colour: Dark Honey
  • Small bucket bag
  • Carry it over your shoulder
  • Adjustable & removable shoulder strap
  • 1 small slip pocket
  • Zipper closure
  • Unisex
  • Measurements: 30cm x 25cm x 17cm diameter

MADE IN SPAIN

Thank you, Isaac, for being part of THE WASTED HOUR.

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