Lotuff Leather knows how to make stylish, essential leather goods for the modern man. And we at The Manual think we know a thing or two about men’s style essentials for any season, too. Lotuff Leather and Creative Director Lindy McDonough teamed up with The Manual to host a buzzing trunk show at New York City’s well-appointed 180 The Store on a recent Thursday night and the results were quite stylish and shoppable.
McDonough and the brand were showing off the latest edition to the Providence-based company’s lineup of beautifully crafted leather goods; in this case, the Rasa Collection, a one-of-a-kind, hand-burnished collection featuring everything from totes to weekender bags for the modern man. The leather is designed to break in beautifully over time, and the richly crafted pieces were nicely complemented by a rugged-yet-refined installation from Field Experiments.
Attendees sipped on delicious cocktails — of both the mezcal and bourbon varieties — from fellow Rhode Island-based craft cocktail company Little Bitte, a fittingly appropriate complement to the detailed Lotuff Leather goods on display. In short, it reflected the idea that there’s not much better than enjoying a delicious cocktail surrounded by some of the best leather goods around. And if you happen to be in NYC, 180 The Store is worth a visit in and of itself, featuring a wide array of hard-to-find brands, including Japan’s Chimala. There’s also a beautiful assortment of Lotuff Leather’s line.
The roster includes minimal yet well-designed pieces like zip wallets and card cases, available in colors ranging from a rich red to vibrant blue — but it was the Rasa Collection that continually caught our eye. The company works with artisans from the Providence community (artists, painters. and musicians) each week for up to 30 hours apiece; these artisans give back to the brand in terms of their unique creative approach and the skills they hone in other fields, McDonough said.
The next time you’re in need of a stylish weekender bag, briefcase or wallet, turn toward Lotuff Leather, but don’t just take our word for it. Shop for yourself.
If you’re looking for a new leather wallet for yourself, however, we’ve got plenty of other options here.