The creation of a beautiful object often starts with nature, and this new addition to the Aster range is no exception. We are delighted to be working with leather artist Carina Sohl to bring together our two distinctive styles of craftsmanship into one classic piece. Featuring beautiful wild raspberry leaves embossed on to soft aniline leather, with a limited edition of 100, each handset is guaranteed to be unique.
This edition brings aniline leather to the Vertu range for the first time. High quality and soft to the touch, it is one of the most natural looking leathers available, and is enhanced further for Aster Leaf by the beautiful craftsmanship of Carina Sohl. She told us the story of how she began working with leather and nature in her unique way:
‘One autumn day in October 2006, I was on my daily walk by the sea and found a beautiful half-decayed leaf on the ground. Delighted by the details and the fantastic shape of the leaf, I wanted to somehow freeze a moment of this beauty and preserve it. The leaf I found gave birth to a new idea of merging natural plants and flowers with leather. In my studio, I experimented to find the right type of technique, leather and plant material.
‘After years of research and development, we are now a leather workshop for fashion houses, luxury companies and private clients who are looking for unique and specific expertise.’
Carina is painstaking in her artistic process from start to finish. She begins by handpicking the wild natural plants from the countryside, selecting the best leaves to work from that together create a harmonious pattern. These are then pressed with several pieces of leather for eight hours on a large press. Following this, the leaves are carefully removed, leaving the pattern of their small delicate intertwining veins embossed into the leather. During this part of the process the leaves are destroyed, ensuring your Vertu will be completely unique. The natural beauty of the plants is preserved forever in the soft leather, like a fingerprint of nature.
Taking inspiration from Carina, Vertu has engraved the metalwork of the phone with a similar leaf pattern, so the beautiful design echoes throughout each piece. The phone comes with a matching purse-style leather case, also embossed with Carina’s design, and five exclusive nature-inspired wallpapers.
We are delighted to have worked with Carina Sohl and to present the result of our shared ethos of craftsmanship and luxury. As Carina sums up, ‘Today, true luxury is finding something real, authentic and natural, something made with love, passion and skilled hands, with the knowledge that you will not see anything like it anywhere else.’ We couldn’t agree more.