"Architect by training, I worked over 8 years in the luxury industry at an international level.
Passionate about travel and photography, it was during a three-week trip in Japan, between the ascent of Mount Fuji and the discovery of Kyoto's gastronomy, that I realised my bag was not suitable for all situations.
It was never:
- Comfortable enough for a long hike
- Protective enough under extreme weather conditions
- Elegant enough for a dinner in town
No matter how much I searched, I always had the impression that I was making compromises.
This bag didn't exist, so I decided to create CONTRASTE."
We see photographers as the most demanding professionals for bags because they carry their precious gear anywhere in all circumstances.
This is why, we have discussed with more than 1,200 professional photographers in France, Europe and the USA. This dialogue continues to enrich our design every day in order to meet your needs.
Composed of men and women with backgrounds in architecture, furniture and high-end leather goods, our design team naturally has a different approach on bags.
Since June 2020, CONTRASTE has been selected and joined the IFM Entrepreneurs program at Station F, the largest startups campus in the world. In this environment, the French Institute of Fashion (IFM) allows us to collaborate with a dozen of experts in order to create faultless products.
We believe in two fundamental principles for our products’ architecture: "less is more" and "form follows function". Each line and detail is the result of a search for technical performance and aesthetic simplicity. Each material is selected according to a multitude of tests and criteria such as durability, resistance, appearance and touch.
Finally, manufacturing in European leather goods workshops helps to preserve traditional craftsmanship. This methodology enables us to achieve a high-end quality.
We celebrate contemporary photography by highlighting a selected diversity of talents.
On our Instagram gallery, we select and exhibit photographic series.
This allows our community to discover new international artists every week.
Our sustainable approach begins with the creation of timeless products that will follow you for decades.
In order to limit our ecological footprint, our products are made exclusively from sustainable and vegan materials that require a low water consumption.
With our focus on quality and short supply chain, all our suppliers and leather workshops are located within the European Union.