Spotlight on: Tinct’s chic leather bags

An emerging British designer with curious beginnings

Tinct’s luxury leather handbags and accessories have curious origins. Not in terms of the faultless manufacturing (raw hides are sourced from organic farms in Scandinavia, vegetable-dyed near Florence, designed in Chichester and made in Somerset), but rather the nub of the idea, which wasn’t so much high fashion as fancy dress.

As a visual merchandiser for Jigsaw, Rosie Broad uncovered a pile of leather offcuts when organising props in the warehouse, and her fondness for making things resulted in a series of “elaborate animal masks”. Much admired by her manager, the masks eventually found their way into the fashion store’s Christmas shop windows, and became the catalyst for a new freelance career. “I got so excited, I quit my job,” Broad exclaims. “I thought people wanted loads of animal masks – turns out they didn’t.” But when a friend was speaking to her about her love of working with leather and asked “Why don’t you make something more useful?”, she was inspired to start working on small coin purses and wallets.

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Earlier this year, Broad teamed up with her brother Ben, an advertising executive, who shares a love of British craftsmanship and good design. The siblings now work together from a studio in Chichester, and their combination of creativity and commercial knowledge has paid off. Broad’s rather more stylish pieces have captured the interest of discerning tastemakers.

Tinct’s initial collection of leather bags (available as a shopper, £520, pictured, and tote, £495, in brandy, navy and panna) and wallets (large, £155, and small, £75, also in red) is now available from its website, with selected items at The Conran Shop and Gather & See.

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