MATINE studio


The name MATINE was inspired by the French le matin,
meaning "in the morning"
—fresh, clear morning, full of potential.

Our brand's driving philosophy is one of simplicity and minimalism, while embracing the imperfect and natural. MATINE represents a paradox of sorts, like so many of our customers. We strive for clarity, we are drawn to exacting modernity and we want to eliminate excess. Yet we produce our goods with our own hands, using natural materials like animal hides, scars and all. MATINE is minimalism reimagined in the context of reality; simplicity that celebrates the inherent messiness of life.

MATINE goods are responsibly produced in the United States. All products are crafted by hand in our Washington, D.C. studio or manufactured in small batches in Portland, OR.



Carolyn Misterek began exploring leather work while living in Minneapolis. She graduated college with a degree in fine art and went on to complete her Master's Degree in Art History, but she found herself working full-time and in need of a creative outlet when MATINE emerged. In 2012 Carolyn designed her first handbag collection with just a single hide and a sewing machine in a spare bedroom. In 2013 Carolyn and her husband moved to Washington, D.C. and MATINE followed. Today MATINE is a full-time design and production studio on Capitol Hill where Carolyn continues to experiment with materials and techniques while cultivating a quiet, yet distinctive point of view. 


Interested in joining our team? The business is growing and we're always looking for new talent in the D.C. area. Right now we are seeking:


+ SEAMSTRESS (May work remotely but must be in the DMV area)

If you think you'd be a good fit, please email and introduce yourself.