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Lou Guerin

Lou Guerin

We met Lou in Arizona in 2012 and felt completely in love with his jewelry.

A Jewelry designer constantly surrounded by leathers that tell stories of his life. Lou comes from Brittany, the Celtic part of France. He started his world exploration at age 17. Three years later, he began leather crafting in Paris, designing high fashion belts. He traveled to Mexico, where he learned the Huarache Indian braiding techniques. He adapted these designs into new forms in Ibiza, Spain, where for 8 years he immersed in an innovative climate of leather crafting in the Spanish tradition.

His next home was the town of Chefchouene on the edge of the Rif mountains in Morocco. Here he collected and preserved the ancient techniques of Arabic shoe making, just as they were being destroyed by cheap industrial footwear. For 13 years he designed boots, sandals, bags, and belts. His workshop grew to include 35 hand-tooling leather workers, and over 100 apprentices. His designs were seen in shops around the world.

After Morocco, he spent 6 years in New Zealand making custom boots using new techniques. In 2000, he moved to Bali, where he added the carving and jewelry dimension into his leathercraft.

His style is simply indescribable. His jewelry, handbags, belts and shoes are entirely made of high quality leather, like stingray and ostrich leather often topped with gold, sterling silver and precious stones.

More than a jeweler we may consider him an artist, both in his creations and lifestyle as for his powerful personality.

lou guerin bracelet
shark teeth with silver on leather necklace lou guerin