Born to a family of tailors, blacksmiths and cobblers, Engso [LAST NAME] was raised in Hiiumaa, a small island in the Baltic Sea. His family’s creative influences drew him to tailoring, making his own shirt patterns at the age of 10. He began creating and selling leather items at a young age and decided to pursue his passion for textiles and design as his life’s work. Engso studied the craft formally and earned a BA in Fashion from the Estonian Academy of Arts.
Engso’s professional career includes working as Head Designer for Estonia-based classical menswear brand Baltman. He relocated to Manhattan, NYC in 1997 and established a leather-making business. Engso challenged himself to find more artistic, yet efficient ways to acquire and prepare leather for his designs with minimal knife strokes and waste while using only natural vegetable-tanned, high quality leather.
Each of Engso’s handbags, wallets and accessories are hand-sculpted out of a single piece of leather, created entirely without machines, and with minimal seams to ensure durability.