OĦTI meaning; sister /ˈsɪstə/.
Specialising in bespoke, handcrafted leather accessories and locally manufactured apparel. Melbourne designed & made OĦTI Studio designs are sleek, sexy & effortlessly stylish. Our mission is to create beautiful, handcrafted pieces, made from luxurious materials; just for you. Transcending seasons & becoming apart of your everyday life & style.
OĦTI Studio is the brainchild and little sister of Lost Little One; veg-tanned leather bags accessories handcrafted in Marrakech.
Infatuated with North Africa, I spent years frolicking Morocco's Medinas, soaking up ancient practises and old world techniques. Working one-on-one with traditionally trained leather-crafters was all apart of Lost Little One's charm; feeling as though I had unlocked a world that had otherwise been left behind. Here I was able to take my ideas to my very own leather artisan, who in turn would craft and create beautiful pieces; just for me.
I excitedly watched my designs come to life, witnessing first hand the work that went into each and every piece. Together we sourced our raw materials from the local tanners and I watched my artisans painstakingly complete each part of the process by hand; using basic tools, one saddle stitch at a time. I admired my Moroccan comrades who patiently took the time to learn about me, my style and my mission, as we overcome language and cultural barriers to naturally evolve and create as one.
The workshop was humble and hidden in twisted alleyways and maze like streets. Stepping into a tannery was like taking a step back in time, littered with history and ancient techniques passed down from generation to generation. A true collision of traditional and contemporary.
I felt like I had unlocked some kind of secret world, the ancient realm of crafts. I was taken in like a member of the family. Morocco and its people welcomed me year after year with open arms, as though I was their little sister.
Unable to return to North Africa for the foreseeable future, naturally it was time to adapt and further incorporate my life and love for Morocco with my roots here in Melbourne. I’ve been busy experimenting with techniques absorbed deep inside those Moroccan Medinas. Working closely with fellow Aussie's we've sourced veg-tanned kangaroo leather, created using the same techniques that our Moroccan counterparts use in those endearing ancient tanneries.
I've spent months tinkering away in my Melbourne workshop, crafting new OĦTI Studio designs that embody the raw beauty of leather and the sharp, polished vibe of Melbourne city streets. Combining the skills I've acquired while working with traditional leather artisans and veg-tanned leather in Morocco, I want to give each and every one of our OĦTI Studio customers that same unique experience.
Bespoke Leather Accessories
All OĦTI Studio designs are handcrafted uniquely for you. Our ever growing collection is created on demand. Upon ordering your new product you'll be contacted via email by our leather artisan who will liaise with you about your new OĦTI accessory, customising and personalising; just for you. Learn more about OĦTI Studio's method of making bespoke leather accessories.