I’d been searching endlessly for the perfect leather tote bag. I had quite a lot of specifications: I wanted something structured and shapely, but without being rigid or stiff; and a timeless beautifully crafted design that would look chic season after season, yet with enough design interest that I wouldn’t grow bored of it. My hunt finally ended when I came across Swedish label ATP (or All Tomorrow’s Parties) Atelier.
Based in Stockholm, the brand blends traditional Italian craftsmanship with minimalist Scandinavian cool for classic and striking leather accessories. The large Pienza tote (from £475) is exactly such a piece, handmade in Tuscany from local leather. It has a single solid shoulder strap and a surprisingly cavernous interior that holds my notebook and diary, make-up bag and S’well water bottle. It’s also sturdy enough for my 13in MacBook. It comes in black, burgundy and tan, but it was the colour-blocked version that charmed me with its combination of sky blue and rich burgundy on the body, complemented by a playful pink strap.
Other bags in the ATP Atelier collection get the colour-block treatment too. The asymmetrical Arezzo satchel (from £400) comes in the same burgundy, pink and blue, plus a dash of white (colourway exclusive to Harvey Nichols), as well as less expected amalgams such as a snakeskin print in pink and blood red. I love the juxtaposition of minimalist design with maximalist details, a feature that can be as subtle as contrasting suede with calfskin in the same colour, as on the all-black Tallamone crossbody bag (£310). More recently it’s ATP Atelier’s shoes I’ve been eyeing up: both the pared-back mid-heeled calfskin Peonia mules (£235) and flirtier, ostrich-feather-adorned Ovada (£420) sandals are calling out to join my summer wardrobe.