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About the Brand

Our Story

I founded the brand with the vision of doing things differently: to move from careless and uninformed consumption to conscious consumption and to create honest relationships between brands and consumers. Matière Studio aims to create handbags from premium materials in a responsible way and to offer them at a reasonable price.

Mariana Uzcanga

Our Story

The Origin

"Matière Studio was founded in 2021. After a long experience working in the fashion industry, I decided to create a brand more in line with my values of honesty, consciousness and respect for the artisans.

I was personally disillusioned with the way fashion industry worked. Everything moved too fast: new products were launched every month, setting new trends in the market, and making consumers buy more regularly to keep up with trends. The product lifecycle was short: products quickly went ‘out of style’ with the arrival of newer trends.

Most production was outsourced to countries with a cheaper cost of labor in order to reduce the cost of garments, regardless of the conditions under which they were manufactured and the impact on the environment. There was a lack of transparency with the consumer. People didn't know what they were buying, where the garments were produced or under what conditions. As a consumer, I felt betrayed by brands offering high discounts when I had bought a product full price. It didn't seem fair to me that brands had such high margin that they could still make money selling products more than half price.

I felt things were not being done properly: the speed of consumption, the lack of awareness of the impact generated and the lack of transparency made me think there was another way of doing things in the industry." - Mariana Uzcanga.

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The Essence

"Matière Studio was born from my passion for art and design. When I was a child, my parents used to take me to modern art museums and galleries. I remember I hated it: I couldn't understand why all my friends got to go to amusement parks while I had to spend hours contemplating alien objects which I couldn't conceptualize as "art", in such big, cold, empty spaces. But this experience as a child made an impression on me, planting the seed for what would later become my passion for art and design." - Mariana Uzcanga.

The name "Matière Studio" comes from the idea of creating a space to experiment with different substances and materials. It is about taking the time to play with shapes and textures to design new objects.

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The Design

"For me, luxury is about simplicity and comfort." - Mariana Uzcanga.

Our designs fuse simple forms with organic sculptural shapes to create accessories that are elegant and practical. The sense of touch is a fundamental aspect of our designs. We use natural materials with smooth textures that elevate the product and offer a feeling of comfort.

Simple design and high-quality materials result in unique and timeless pieces that can be treasured for a lifetime.

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The Founder

"I was born in Bilbao, in the Basque Country in 1987. Half French half Spanish, I have always been influenced by both cultures. At the age of 7, I moved to Geneva where I spent 9 years of my life, and this is where my travelling adventure started. After having lived in different countries (including Switzerland, France, and the USA), I finally settled in Barcelona which I now consider my home. I studied business management at ESADE Business School and spent my early career working in the field of marketing for several multinational companies. Beyond my business profile, I have always had a passion for art and design, and I have kept space in my life to pursue this passion by taking classes in sculpture and painting.

In 2021, I finally decided to combine my business expertise with my passion for art and design by creating my own brand: Matière Studio." - Mariana Uzcanga.


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