Midsummer + 1 is a new line of contemporary accessories handcrafted by artisans in Kolkata, India.
Using the traditional Bengali technique of Shantiniketan, bold patterns are embossed into supple leather and then finished by hand painting with bright colours. Produced by a fair trade co-operative which was established in 1977 ensures that the artisans are given fair salaries and good working conditions, as well as supporting various schemes which benefit the local community.
The first collection, Dazzle, is inspired by the futurist style camouflages painted on warships during World War I. These geometric dazzle patterns are kept the focus with simple shapes of clutch bags and purses.