We are always excited to see a small brand evolve and grow, and the case of the Frankfurt-based luxury leather accessories brand Tsatsas is no exception: founded in 2012 by architect Esther Schulze-Tsatsas and designer Dimitrios Tsatsas, the brand tapped into Dimitrios’ family business of fine leather manufacturing and its 30 years of expertise with the aim of creating products driven by simplicity and a contemporary aesthetic. After just three years, Tsatsas boasts collaborations with Wallpaper* Handmade and Vitsoe, and its bags —with their signature blue-leather lining— are stocked in over 20 prestigious shops around the globe, from London to Tokyo. The time could not have been better therefore for the opening of the brand’s first showroom and atelier in Frankfurt: an understated and minimal space that reflects the values and ethos Tsatsas stands for.
The amply-lit Tsatsas showroom on Frankenallee 104 exudes a sense of thoughtful simplicity and sophistication. Designed by Esther and Dimitrios themselves, the space comprises a retail store and showroom showcasing all available Tsatsas products, as well as a model-making workshop where prototypes are developed before they are sent to the main workshop in the nearby town of Offenbach for manufacturing. Another room separated from the showroom area by a glass wall contains the offices for the sales and PR teams, thus bringing the whole Tsatsas core team under the same roof in a well-designed mini-headquarters.
The centrepiece of the space is of course the five-metre-long display with all the Tsatsas products; this white-lacquered shelving system has shelves made of marble imported by Dimitrios from his home country of Greece, a material that accentuates the luxurious ambience of the space and the supple feel of the products themselves. The prototype workshop corner was designed as a room within a room using matt-lacquered plywood panels, providing relative privacy for work but also open enough for visitors and buyers to take a look into the brand’s creative process. The space has been peppered with objects and furniture deemed as “iconic” by the founders, including Konstantin Grcic’s Chair One, the wall-mounted 265 lamp by Flos and a tabletop lamp by Michael Anastassiades. The Tsatsas showroom is the brand’s only sales point in Frankfurt am Main, and is open by appointment only.
Combining cutting-edge design with superior-quality materials, each Tsatsas product is a unique piece of craftsmanship, since each bag, clutch, wallet and purse is made by hand by a team of expert leather artisans, and is then individually numbered. You can read more about Tsatsas’ design philosophy and process in our previous report about the brand.