“I love the juxtaposition of minimalist design with maximalist details”

ATP Atelier’s colour-blocked tote bag aces the timeless-with-a-twist aesthetic

From left: Pienza tote, £475, and Montalcino mini handbag, £395
From left: Pienza tote, £475, and Montalcino mini handbag, £395

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.

From left: Pienza tote, £495. Arezzo handbag, £460
From left: Pienza tote, £495. Arezzo handbag, £460
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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. 

From left: Montalcino mini handbag, £395, Arezzo handbag, £400, and Volterra handbag, £540
From left: Montalcino mini handbag, £395, Arezzo handbag, £400, and Volterra handbag, £540
Soia sandals, £310, available from mid-March
Soia sandals, £310, available from mid-March

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.

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