Discover Germany, Issue 44, November 2016

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Dazzling Design for 2017

Soft leather accessories that are built to last A quality leather bag or backpack by the Swiss label format will accompany you for many years. TEXT: NADINE CARSTENS | PHOTO: FORMAT

Sometimes it is not easy to find a robust, yet chic, leather piece that endures time without wearing out. Brigitte Hürzeler, the founder and creative force behind the Swiss label format, wants to offer handcrafted products that are built to last and have the potential to become your favourite leather accessory. Since 1995, she has produced and sold handbags, backpacks, reversible belts, wallets and purses that stand out due to an individual, classy style and high quality. “I made the first leather bag by myself, because I could not find an affordable piece in the colour I had in mind,”Hürzeler remembers. So she went to a direct sale to buy some leftover leather and was impressed by the soft and supple haptics. “That is something I lay emphasis on even today: to only use the best leather.”

Customers who decide to buy a format product, get a fine accessory that is also very practical. The Backside Shopper, for example, is a handbag that can be quickly turned into a backpack. In the daytime you can use it as a backpack and, if you want to go out in the evening, you also have a chic handbag. Hürzeler’s collections for women and men are available in the format shops in Basel and Zurich, in the workshop in Schönenwerd and in selected Swiss boutiques. Soon, the leather products will also be offered online on the format website. The Backside Shopper is a handbag that can be quickly turned into a backpack.