Pessoa is my Brazilian surname, which carries the meaning of 'Person.' It's a symbolic name that represents the deep value I place on my creations.
I personally oversee every detail of each handbag – I know what comfortable companion your Pessoa will be and the difference it has on your ability to walk through life a little lighter. Hence, every detail is perfected.
I became a full-time mother in a distant land, far from my roots in Brazil, and disconnected from the other aspects of my previous life. I felt an inner yearning to rediscover the manual skills passed down from my grandmother during my youth. This prompted me to embark on a journey of crafting various handmade pieces. Eventually, I began creating handbags that quickly became cherished gifts among friends and were soon in high demand. Through word of mouth, my craft gained recognition, and it wasn't long before I found myself working late into the night to create bags destined for England, commissioned by a friend's sister who owned a shop.
In the initial stages, these bags were made of cotton and adorned with mixed prints. Later, I started working with leather scraps and discarded materials from the large industry. I would blend these leather remnants on the outside and cotton prints on the inside.
My primary focus is, and has been since the very beginning, comfort and elegance – my desire is to create soft, cheerful pieces that are a joy to wear; handbags that will be your lifelong companion and allow you to step out of your home feeling lighter.
"For me, creating is a form of organisation. I gradually assemble pieces of fabric, leather, colours, and patterns and slowly witness the birth of Pessoa bags. In 2021, when the world came to a standstill, this process intensified. Like a gardener preparing the garden for the flowers that will bloom in spring, I saw the unique Tote Shibori Textiles collection sprout.
It was hours, days, and months in a rendezvous with the needle, threads, stylised leather pieces, and the desire to infuse new meaning into that moment.
The result is an exclusive collection that unfolds into Mandalas on Shibori Textiles. Pieces that hold a special value for me, with an invitation for all of us to find our centre and live in the present moment."