LEATHER as FUNCTIONAL ART
Since 1974, Alberto Toro has worked in the medium of LEATHER: every piece of work is done totally by hand with the simplest of tools. Each handbag and furniture ottoman is made of the finest quality cowhide and bullhide with accents of exotic ostrich, crocodile, alligator. The plaiting (braiding) and hand-stitching are the signature characteristics of the leatherwork.
"Over the years I have chosen to continue my work simply, without studio production. I feel that it is my responsibility to make my living and so I do it everyday, piece by piece, with the rhythm of each day."
"I have been working with leather since I was 15 years old; fascinated with the graciousness of leather, I have learned that I can make out of animal hides anything that is proposed to me. I understand leather's inherent qualities and textures; and I am able to mold it into a product that is functional and beautiful.
What my hands produce is a limited quantity; and as I go forward with my life, I realize that each piece is numbered...each ottoman, each briefcase...these are pieces that are few. One day it will be those who have one of my handbags or one of my ottomans (or even one of my benches that I made in the past) and those who don't. Thank you."
19" DIAMETER X 17" HIGH
23" DIAMETR X 18" HIGH
26" DIAMETER X 18" HIGH
22" SQUARE X 18" HIGH
24" SQUARE X 18" HIGH
THE OTTOMANS ARE CONSTRUCTED OF 6-8 OZ BULLHIDE, LINED WITH CHAP SUEDE LEATHER TO STRENGTHEN THE LEATHER FROM STRETCHING. ACCENTS PIECES IN EXOTIC OSTRICH, ALLIGATOR, OR CROCODILE ALONG WITH THE PLAITIED SEAMS AND DECORATIVE BRAIDING GIVE THE OTTOMAN A TEXTURE THAT IS A MAGNET FOR TOUCH AND FOR APPEAL TO THE EYE. THE BULLHIDE AND EXOTICS COMBINATIONS LEND TO COLOR COMBINATIONS THAT EXCITE THE MANY VARIED AND UNIQUE TASTES AND LIVING SPACES OF MY CUSTOMERS
THE OTTOMANS ARE FIRM, COMFORT SEATING.
GREY TAUPE DARK BROWN
BURGUNDY(WINE) BLACK MAHAGONY
BRITISH TAN LIGHT BROWN WINE BROWN
BRANDY (CARAMEL HONEY)
KANGO TOBAC (DARK BROWN)
SINCE MY WORK IS LIMITED TO WHAT MY HANDS CAN PRODUCE, I MAY HAVE FINISHED-AND-IN-MY-STUDIO THE OTTOMAN OR HANDBAG THAT YOU WISH IN THE COLOR COMBINATION THAT YOU PREFER...OR I MAY NOT. I LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING WHATEVER COLOR COMBINATION, HANDBAG, OR OTTOMAN THAT YOU MAY CHOOSE.
PLEASE CHECK OUT EL CUERO DEL TORO ONLINE STORE TO CHECK WHAT I HAVE FINISHED AND FOR SALE.
OR PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA PHONE 865-414-4302 OR EMAIL: CUEROTORO@GMAIL.COM
OR CLICK ANY FIND OUT MORE
SMART POUCH I: 7.0"FRONT X 5.0"HIGH X 1.5"DEPTH $155.00
SMART POUCH II: 8.0"FRONT X 5.5"HIGH X 1.5"DEPTH $175.00
SMART POUCH III: 9.5"FRONT X 5.5"HIGH X 1.5"DEPTH $195.00
THIS STYLISH CROSS-OVER BAG IS SLIM YET ACCOMODATES ALL THE NECESSITIES; LINED IN SOFT SUEDE WITH INSIDE POCKET. THE SMART POUCH IS THE PERFECT AND SECURE PASSPORT TRAVEL BAG.
THIS BEAUTIFUL HANDBAG HAS A 6-STRAND ADJUSTABLE BRAIDED STRAP FINISHED WITH CROWN KNOTS; POCKETS OUTSIDE FRONT AND BACK, WITH INSIDE POCKETS; LINED WITH A SOFT SUEDE LEATHER
8.5"FRONT X 7.5"HIGH X 2.5"DEEP $385.00
BLACK/BLACK MD OSTRICH
THIS IS A POUCH BAG WITH A 6-STRAND BRAID THAT MAKES INTO AN ADJUSTABLE SHOULDER STRAP, FOR CROSS-OVER WEAR OR AS A SHOULDER BAG. AS ALL OF THE HANDBAGS, THE TULA IS LINED WITH SOFT LEATHER SUEDE WITH AN INSIDE POCKET.
9.0"HIGH X 6.5"DIAMETER $385.00
WOMEN'S GOLDEN: ESPRESSO BROWN/BRANDY
THERE ARE THREE MEN'S CASES: THE MESSENGER, THE ALBERTO BAG, AND THE BRIEFCASE.
THE SEAMS ARE PLAITED WITH INTENSE HAND-STITCHING THROUGHOUT THE BAG. INSIDE, OUTSIDE POCKETS, LINED IN SOFT LEATHER SUEDE.
MESSENGER: 12"FRONT X 10.0"HIGH X 3.0"DEPTH $1185.00
ALBERTO BAG: 12'FRONT X 11.0"HIGH x 4.5"DEPTH $1485.00
BRIEFCASE: 14.0"FRONT X 11.0"HIGH X 3.0"DEPTH $1285.00
BRIEFCASE II: 14.0"FRONT X 11.0"HIGH X 5.0"DEPTH $1885.00
IPAD CASE: 10.5"FRONT X 8"HIGH $265.00
WOMEN'S GOLDEN: 10.5"FRONT X 8.5"HIGH X 4.5"DEPTH $1018.00
ARTFEST FT MYERS/FEBRUARY 2018
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NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FESTIVAL/APRIL 2018
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PRAIRIE VILLAGE ART SHOW
FRIDAY JUNE 1 (PREVIEW NIGHT) - JUNE 3, 2018
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS
ART FAIR ON THE SQUARE
JULY 14-15, 2018
LONGS PARK ART FESTIVAL
AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2018
819 Ivy Log Ln, Maryville, Tennessee 37804, United States