About the Artist
Coming from a background in architecture, I design handbags that feature an unconventional combination of materials, including concrete, acrylic, resin, and leather. I design and assemble each bag from scratch at my studio using a hybrid of digital fabrication and traditional leather craft techniques. Most bags feature intricate hand lacing, fully lined leather interiors, and numbered acrylic hardware.I began experimenting with handbag design at architecture school where I used laser cutters to create pristine building models. I was inspired to adapt those model making techniques to create acrylic handbags, and for the last 9 years I’ve been developing my leather craft, bag making and laser cutting skills while exploring casting and dying techniques. I officially launched my handbag brand, Pascal NU, in 2016 once I perfected the basic structures of the bags and honed in on a set of materials that felt uniquely modern and exciting. I specialize in making truly one-of-a-kind bags, designed with and especially for clients that want to bring their unique vision to life.
I describe myself as a designer who has developed a craft in bag making where I build each component from idea stage to completion. I love the scope of materials that I can assemble into functional bags, bringing together architectural elements like concrete and mirror to create sculptural objects. Coming from a background in architecture, I’ve developed an expertise in laser cutting through which I convert my digital designs into specific shapes for bag construction, primarily made from leather and acrylic. Laser cutting guides every step of my process, and it allows an achievable means for precision that is dictated by my digital designs. The most critical elements of my design process are the techniques I use to bring three-dimensionality and texture to my bags. I incorporate hand cast, concrete elements to my handbags which create rich contrast with the glossy acrylic components. I also dye PVC strips that I lace around the edges of bags; an age old leather craft that I have adapted with modern materials.Since I make everything from scratch in my studio, I’m able to create designs with and for clients who come to me with specific visions for a personalized handbag. This collaboration allows me to create bags and accessories that my clients will cherish and are truly excited to wear - objects that they use and appreciate, made explicitly for them.