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The bags of German designer Tina Lutz put local artisans in the frame

Nils Binnberg

‘The past five years have been like an apprenticeship,’ says Tina Lutz, standing in the sun-filled production hall of a small leather goods factory in the industrial area of Wuppertal, near Düsseldorf in north-western Germany. ‘My background is in tailoring and knitwear, but I was kind of ready to challenge myself.’

After more than 30 years in the fashion business – with stints at Issey Miyake and Calvin Klein on her resumé, and having operated her own fashion label, Lutz Patmos, for 11 years – the German designer launched the accessories label Lutz Morris in 2017 as a small collection of adjustable leather bags in various colours, mounted on thin frames. The original bag design was inspired by a framed leather case Lutz’s husband gave her for Christmas (the name Lutz Morris combines their surnames) – think vintage cigarette case from the 1960s. ‘It was so cool and I thought, I should make bags like this,’ she explains.

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