The idea for Métier came when it struck me how much technology had revolutionised the way we “travel” through our lives. We were now on the go from morning to night to overnight with a moment’s notice and with totes and pouches filled with everything we needed for the various steps of our journey. After the millionth time in panic that I had lost my house keys or passport, I starting looking for an option that was elegant and functional. As I canvassed the market, I realized how many friends wished that they had found the same thing. From this, Métier was born.
Summer 2014: Design
SPRING 2015 - WINTER 2016: CRAFT
Once the designs were in place, I was back and forth between Berlin and Italy for two years as we developed our products. Our concept was never to make a collection of bags that were only functional. Instead, the challenge was to make a collection of bags that were as practical as they were refined. In the same way that a car drives, but a luxury car drives more elegantly, I wanted to bridge performance and luxury for the leather goods market.
Italy was the only place we ever considered to craft the collection. The mastery of the artisans and their passion for their craft is intoxicating. We knew they would be the only partners who could realize such a precise and challenging concept.
SUMMER 2016- SPRING 2017: FLAGSHIP DESIGN
In parallel to the work in Italy, we also searched for the perfect flagship. London was always going to be Métier’s home–there is no other city in the world that has such a deep respect for heritage values, but equally presses forward with modern ideas. I have always loved the area near Mount Street. It is a quieter part of Mayfair and steeped in timeless elegance. When we discovered 59 South Audley Street, we knew it was perfect.
APRIL 2017: LAUNCH - PRESENT
After 3 years since the first sketch in Berlin, we opened our shop on April 17, 2017. I cannot decide if it seems like time has flown or if it feels like a lifetime ago; a bit of both I guess. There have been so many unexpected highs and lows, but one thing that has kept us going are the people who have championed us. From our clients to our artisans to those in the industry who have stood before us, we have been really fortunate to have attracted the best in class across the board.
So much has happened since we first opened our doors, but here are some highlights that first come to mind:
Immediately after the BFC panel day, the current global Covid-19 crisis began to spin out of control and we have been in lockdown since. It is such a high to have had this moment be the one which our story pauses on, and an incredible reminder of how much can change so quickly and to never take anything for granted.
Looking back on the last 6 years – from 3 years of development and 3 years since our launch – I am so proud of what we have done. I am grateful for all the support and encouragement from many people along the way, especially those who have been part of the Métier team. It is not easy to chart a new path, but the passion and commitment of those around me have made it all worth it. I am also grateful for the many challenges we encountered – its been far from easy which I think any entrepreneur can attest to. While challenges are not fun (and frankly can be quite terrifying), it does teach you the importance of being nimble on the one side while being uncompromising of what really matters to you on the other. The current crisis is just another testament to that resolve.
While I am so proud of these past 6 years, I am even more excited for whats to come. We have been working hard behind the scenes these weeks from lockdown and have been finally able to kick off a project I had been wanting to do for a very long time… I look forward to celebrating it with you when we unveil it next year! Until then, here’s to all that’s to come for Métier and beyond.
Stay safe and healthy, and thank you.