In the tradition of old-world ateliers in Florence, Italy, Bronsino Designs creates handcrafted and bespoke leather bags, belts and accessories. An evolution of Canadian fine artist Denise Wilson’s painting, drawing and printmaking, Bronsino’s limited edition leather creations combine a street-style aesthetic with timeless European design.

An elegant answer to fast fashion, our work mixes traditional techniques and modern tools to give new life to virgin leather, reclaimed garments and premium upholstery surplus. At its core, Bronsino is about transformation: Respecting the old, cherishing the forgotten, and taking traditional material in unexpected directions.

I am inspired by travel and culture; decay, evolution, exploration & transformation. Shadows and movement. Transformation.

As an artist with degrees in both painting and printmaking I have worked with found objects & pre existing materials for as long as I can remember. From the very beginning the concept of zero waste and using discarded and surplus materials were a big part of how I work.

The way I work with leather is very much akin to the way I work as a printmaker or painter. I am not interested in mass production or multiples but more the idea of a variation on a theme. Subtle difference. Variants. The beauty is in the subtle nuances that make something unique.

My work happens very organically and intuitively. It is a continual and natural progression of responses to my surroundings and the materials I work with. I love clean lines and contradictions, paring things down, stripping things away and utilizing unexpected materials & processes.