When I look at the latest collection from Sampedro Accesories, I can’t help but think of the pure power of Lola Flores, the Spanish singer, dancer and actor and her “potro ‘desbocao’ que no sabe a donde va”, in English, “wild colt who doesn’t know where he’s going”. And not because Oier or Carlos, the creative minds behind Sampedro, don’t really know what they want to say. They know quite well where they’re going, they’re going for the strength and extravagance that their collection exudes; BRONCE is the Spanish word for a horse that is too wild or too difficult to tame. For So Catchy! Where Fashion Begins it is an honor to have these fantastic artists, residents of Madrid, so close at hand and we wish them all the best on their new adventure. Don’t miss out on their interview with us to mark the launch and, of course, make sure to keep an eye on them!
So Catchy!: How did Bronce come about and what can you tell us about the creative process behind the collection?
Sampedro Accesories: Bronce came about after we discovered some photos of my mother on horseback (Oier). We were hypnotized by the horses and the harnesses they wore. That’s when we decided to research the world of horses and specifically their harnesses and reins. Bronce is the name that is given to horses that are either difficult to tame or poorly tamed, and we feel an affinity with them since this is a learning process for us. There’s still a lot of taming to be done.
SC!: How does Sampedro Accessories work?
SA: Sampedro works as an artisanal accessories workshop, where the customer receives personalized attention. We usually work on commission in close collaboration with the customer but we also offer products for sale online.
SC!: Fashion or Fetish?
SA: Fashion with an air of fetish, but esthetically it’s something that might change in future collections.
SC!: What do you think about the fashion industry in Spain?
SA: Spain has a lot of talent in the world of fashion but we believe that there’s still a lot of work to do to build a solid fashion industry.
SC!: Are you currently trying to internationalize your work? What challenges have you set for yourselves?
SA: This is one of our long-term goals but first we’d like to establish ourselves as an accessories label here in Spain and then start the process.
SC!: Do you have any advice for people who are just starting out in the world of fashion?
SA: We don’t think that we’re in the position to be giving anyone advice, at least not yet, since we’ve just barely got our start. What we can and indeed should do is encourage the whole world to do something in the field they want to. It really is nice when you’re doing something you like.
SC!: Can you name some creative types that you admire, outside of the world of fashion?
SA: Roberta Marrero, Amy Winehouse, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Michelangelo, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, David Bowie, Kenneth Anger, Leigh Bowery, Sansano NasNas…
SC!: What will you be working on next?
SA: We’d love to work with other designers, visit some international fairs and get started on our next collection.
Photos courtesy of Sampedro Accessories
Photography: Javier Biosca
Hair & make up: Javier Sevillano & Mateo Pérez
Models: Emilie-Rose Oldnall (Trend Models) & Camilo Ramirez.
Photography assistant: Javiera Garcia-Huidobro
Translation and Layout by Michael Padilla