Lisa Maria Cantalupo and I make beautiful things with leather ~ art you wear.
Welcome to my leather shop, my life, my love and passion ~ my art!
I have a degree in fashion design, I am a pattern-maker, and have been working with leather solely for over 12 years - and before that, rich, luscious fabrics. I also draw and paint murals, but my love and passion is for leather and fashion!
The leather art pieces and clothing items available on my website are all original designs and patterns, and most are African inspired, tribal and bohemian in flare, with a twist of high-end fashion. Every thing I make is made to order in my Somersworth, NH shop, and with my own two hands.
The details are never overlooked; intricately hand-woven leather, luxe hand-braiding, lots of hand-cut and trimmed and fluffed-out fringe to bring out the personality of the leather, cool looking hardware, and my newfound passion for handmade beads all the way from Africa. I strive to bring you excellence, always and in everything.
Because I make my leather goodies fresh and as ordered, I am able to purchase leather hides as there is a need for them. I am careful how and where I make my cuts so almost every bit of the hide is used, even the less desirable pieces I save and use for my product hang tags. I have very little leather waste and I'm proud of that!
Before my goodies are shipped off to you, each and every piece is cleaned, conditioned, polished and inspected. I guarantee my workmanship and work hard to give you the very best finished product I am able. My goal is for you to love my Art so much that you never want to take it off....ever.
Photographs: Cynthia August Images
Leather Art and a Soulful Metamorphosis
In 2006, sparked from my passion for riding my motorcycle and for my love for leather, my riding buddy and I joined forces and started a small leather business named, Sexy Skins Leather. We designed and created leather garments and accessories geared toward the motorcycle industry.
Since the early Sexy Skins years, my love and passion for leather has deepened and evolved into an art; handcrafted and custom leather jewelry, accessories, and leather clothing inspired from a love of everything African.
You may be wondering how such a transformation, from biker to Africa, is able to take place. Beginning around the same time of Sexy Skins' inception the Universe began to gift me many life altering experiences which created some of the most significant challenges that ultimately brought me to my knees. Humbled, lost and alone with two children to raise I drew strength from a power much greater then self and I surrendered - I became a vessel - it was my love and passion for creating with leather that helped to save my soul from being crushed under the weight. Somehow during the fall and rise, a buried passion from my youth for a continent across the world was revealed.
Then wouldn't you know it, the Universe would place in my path something I wasn't looking for at all; an awakened soul in the form of an African man from the Nuer Tribe who has given me the gift of healing wounds that were buried so deep I wasn't even aware they existed. A friendship that transcends time, travel, tribe, color, age, and religion. Love in its purest form. Needless to say, my life, my being, and my essence are forever changed much like the caterpillar who metamorphoses into a magnificent and beautiful butterfly.
Today, my life's purpose is about connection of body, mind, and spirit; between the artist, me, and the wearer, you. It is about the freedom experienced when we release ego and give ourselves permission to “be". A space where I am free to create pieces from the depths of my soul - pieces that will hopefully inspire your's to sing in it's own unique way...so that we all may experience life as a butterfly.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and the evolution of my art and self. For a more intimate look, my story was recently published in Boston Voyager Magazine as part of their Inspiring Stories Series. And, To read about my professional educational and professional experience: The Artist
Love, Peace, and Blessings,
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