MATINE is based in Washington, D.C., helmed by founder and designer Carolyn Misterek.
Our leather goods are proudly made in New York City.
We use American leathers whenever possible
and support independent tanneries and suppliers always.
from THE DESIGNER
When I designed the first MATINE collection in 2012, I was designing for myself.
I wanted clean, classic designs—not covered in logos or zippers—I wanted to celebrate form and color and beautiful leathers instead. I wanted special details that not everyone might notice, I wanted to feel like my most refined self, and I didn’t want to match every other woman on the sidewalk. So I followed my intuition and along the way, also made choices in responsibility that always seemed obvious—to minimize waste in production, upcycle scraps and remnants, source from fellow small businesses whenever I could, etc.
In 2019, while I no longer make each bag by hand, so much remains the same.
The same intuition guides me now, and when I am faced with countless options for running this brand,
I still default to what feels good and right and obvious to me:
Of course we’ll produce in the U.S.
—how close to D.C. can we find a manufacturing partner?
Of course we’ll source American leathers
—if there are beautiful materials made locally,
why would we haul freight across oceans?
Of course this design should be as relevant next year as it is today
—why would we churn out new collections for no real reason?
Of course I’ll choose the finer detailing,
that investment is worth the added years this bag can be carried instead of tossed.
They are not always the easier choices, but to be honest I’ve never really seen them as choices to begin with.
So now, as I continue to design for myself and for all the women who inspire me on a daily basis, I hope to create a new option for all of us:
elevated, refined, accessories that also make you feel good about your choices. Finer things, mindfully made, so you can feel good about bringing them into your world and enjoy them for years to come.