Altari is a London-based accessories brand and pioneers of cultural sustainability. The brand is on a mission to save ancient forms of craftsmanship from extinction by reinterpreting their artistic value as part of distinctive designs. Altari embodies the customs and traditions of founders Elvira, from Tatarstan, in Russia, and Alessio, from Italy. The story of connecting worlds and preserving culture to deepen and redefine what it means to experience luxury.
Each handbag can be recognised by the signature Tatar leather mosaic; an ancient embroidery technique dating back over 1000 years. Each leather mosaic is meticulously hand-stitched by artisans in Tatarstan, Russia. Only a few dozen artisans remain who possess the skills to craft leather mosaics. These masters of craft take days to complete with a thousand hand-stitches to bind a mosaic. This degree of craftsmanship makes each mosaic an art piece, each handbag nonrepeatable and each collection limited in nature, not by design. Altari is taking concrete steps to preserve ancient craftsmanship, pledging at least 5% of annual revenue towards the development of a new generation of Tatar mosaic artisans.