Robert Horn with the Archiquant bag at the Venice Biennale.
These bags are made for life We have become used to the fact that many of the things we buy will only last a relatively short amount of time. The quick and easy use of products has thus become normal. When products become easily replaceable, it is reassuring to find one of these rare gems that are built to last.
cases we are still selling today,” says Horn, recalling the beginnings of his successful leather design company.
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R. Horns Wien’s range of products on offer quickly widened, and today also comprises travel bags, handbags, purses and wallets as well as many more leather accessories like file folders or iPad sleeves. “Some Viennese have a very pronounced liking of luxury craftsmanship and luxury leather products, and it is this old and well-established tradition that we feel obliged to. Apart from
Viennese Robert Horn, an aficionado for bespoke leather shoes, started his business R. Horns Wien more than 30 years ago.“Hand-made shoes have always been a passion of mine. Their quality of craftsmanship and material as well as their original and yet sometimes very tradi12 | Issue 53 | August 2017
tional styles have fascinated me for a long time. I have always appreciated the value of high-quality material combined with perfect workmanship and wanted to create something equally outstanding. The first leather briefcase I had thus handmade for me became the prototype of the brief-
An old Viennese tradition