Flavia bag, Plümo SS13
50 kms inland from Rimini and the Adriatic coast lies the little town of San Carlo di Cesena where, in 1980, a 19 year old Marco Campomaggi founded his leather goods brand Campomaggi. From an early age he had been heavily influenced by the creativity of his sculptor father and during his high-school years he manufactured bags using saddle leather and studs which he sold on the sidewalk in seaside resorts or to his school pals!
When Marco Campomaggi talks about his work, his words evoke the aroma of fresh leather and the sounds of his workshops. He enthuses about his flea market trawls for treasures which, in turn, inspire the designs and detail of his bags and accessories.
The fascination with the past
" Next to the beautiful lines that, with time, decorate a face, there are other things that only unfold their charm as time goes by. The older we get, the more abundant our wealth of stories and memories, anecdotes, ideas, and thoughts become. They are what make us truly beautiful – beautiful in the most real sense of the word."
Campomaggi’s products embody the self-same principle. Use and wear over time does not detract from their appearance or quality, in fact, it has the opposite effect whereby the leather softens and the metals develop an enriching patina creating beautiful, unique accessories. This is further accentuated by the brand’s motto: “Il tempo non toglie, ma dà.” Marco Campomaggi is dedicated to creating products that are truly timeless.
"I find used objects inspiring. Things that clearly show they have a story to tell."
Opposed to fashion dictates
Marco Campomaggi is not interested in branded articles and, as a rule he buys anonymous clothing such as army surplus for himself – nor does he think his own designs should be bought just because they are on the fashion radar; he would prefer his bags to be regarded as a sign of individuality and a strength and ability to make your own choices.
At Campomaggi, the freedom not to follow every new fashion trend is “a given”, but something they will never compromise on is quality and detail.
“Our customers expect a certain character and a natural look,” concludes Campomaggi.
This small family company still uses the same saddle leather in the manufacture of its bags and accessories today that Marco first launched with 33 years ago.
Cutting the leather …
Marco and his wife have developed an exclusive vegetable oil treatment for their leather which helps to create the bags’ distinctive depth of colour.
Campomaggi’s bag and accessory models display minimal design changes year-on-year and the colour palette remains classic browns, greens, navy and black. They have an authentic, almost-utilitarian appearance but with always with a luxurious twist.
"Quality for me defines itself in four aspects: material, idea, execution, purpose."
Studding a bag …
As a designer, Marco pays utmost attention to the materials and craftsmanship that are harnessed in the making of any new prototype. Even so, he is convinced that quality is not always a tangible matter; in his opinion, a customer’s expectations will always root themselves in how they live their lives currently and how they have lived them in the past.
Hand-sewn leather …
traditional skills …
perfect, hand-sourced detailing….
the end product…
.. a tactile, luxurious bag that will, in time, become unique.
Leather accessories, Plümo Spring 2013
Canvas Tote and Tampa Travel Bag, Plümo Spring 2013
Phone & card holders, Plümo SS’13
Long Island bag, Plümo SS’13