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Behind the Scenes of the Altuzarra x Etsy Collection

Apr 21, 2020

by Aleksa Brown

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For luxury fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra, whose sophisticated gowns and elegant separates have earned a loyal celebrity following, home decor has long been a source of inspiration. “When I design a collection, I like to imagine the interior space of the person I’m designing for,” he says. “It’s almost like a movie set; it’s all part of the narrative.” So last year, when we heard Joseph was an avid Etsy shopper and fan, we started dreaming about a collaboration that would bring his distinctive aesthetic to life in the everyday objects of our homes. Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of the limited-edition Altuzarra x Etsy collection, which features an exclusive range of decorative and functional home goods designed and crafted in partnership with eight talented Etsy sellers around the globe.

Designer Joseph Altuzarra with his dog, Bean
Photo courtesy of Elle Decor

“I’ve always been inspired by craftsmen and makers,” Joseph says. “There’s something so special about things that are handmade.” Each of the items in the Altuzarra x Etsy line—from the rich, tie-dyed silk pillows sewn from repurposed Altuzarra runway collection fabrics to the show-stopping ceramic vases finished in a custom cognac-colored glaze—is not only a celebration of craftsmanship, it’s a way to bring warmth and delight into our everyday lives. “With the uncertainty we live with daily, being surrounded by objects and furnishings that give you a sense of comfort is so important,” Joseph says. “I wanted to create a collection that would bring people peace, joy, and happiness.”

Read on to get a behind-the-scenes look at each item in the Altuzarra x Etsy collection, then shop the limited-edition designs right here on Etsy.

Altuzarra x Etsy throw pillows from Townsend Rowe Home, from $85
SHOP: Altuzarra x Etsy throw pillows from Townsend Rowe Home, from $85

Crafted from leftover fabric from the Altuzarra Spring Summer 2016 fashion show, these gorgeous throw pillows bring the energy and drama of the runway straight to your living room. “They turned out beautifully, and they’re all the more special because they’re limited in quantity,” says Joseph. To help define and execute the vision, the designer joined forces with British Colombia-based seller Marika Rowe. “Together we narrowed down which fabric from my Etsy shop would pair perfectly with his vibrant material,” Marika says. “The entire pillow is stunning; I especially love the look of the invisible zipper, which gives it that extra elegance.”

Altuzarra x Etsy candle holders from Madgesmuse, $475 for set of four
SHOP: Altuzarra x Etsy candle holders from MadgesMuse, $460 for set of four*

From intimate date night dinners to me-time in the tub, a bit of soft candlelight can set the mood and help you unwind—and when paired with the right candlestick holders, can also add some serious style to your space. “I love candles, and I’m always looking for candlesticks that will look good in a cluster as a centerpiece,” Joseph says. That was the inspiration behind his collaboration with France-based ceramics artist Madelon Galland, whose striking sculptural stands are built from clay and designed to be displayed together. “My work is about playfulness between complementary-but-different forms, so it’s important that these are offered as a group,” Madelon says. The finished product is what Joseph calls “the perfect set,” glazed in his signature cognac colorway and ready to transform your tablescape.

Altuzarra x Etsy placemats and coasters from Damaris Kovach Art & Home
SHOP: Altuzarra x Etsy placemats and coasters from Damaris Kovach Art & Home, from $12

“These coasters and placemats are perfect for everyday use,” says Joseph of the woven cotton-and-leather sets created in partnership with New Jersey-based fiber artist Damaris Kovach, which come in three neutral varieties. “I love that you can mix and match the colors for a playful look, or use all of the same shade for a more sophisticated feel.” The result is a warm and welcoming table setting that Damaris felt particularly proud to design. “Enjoying food together is a crucial part of daily life,” she says. “I’m excited to have created an item that will be part of many meals and memories—and important quality time with friends and family.”

 Altuzarra x Etsy notebooks from The Vintage Bookworm UK
SHOP: Altuzarra x Etsy notebooks from The Vintage Bookworm UK, $40 each*

Covered from the same swaths of tie-dyed silk originally conceived for Joseph’s 2016 collection, these luxe notebooks make even the most routine musings—to-do lists, daily doodles, recipe ideas—feel more special. And as Joseph notes, they’ll also bring you delight when not in use. “On top of being functional, they look beautiful as objects on a coffee table or desk,” he says. His design partner Stephanie Lunn concurs. “It’s Joseph’s stunning fabric that makes these so unique,” says the UK-based book-lover-turned-book-maker. “Plus sustainability is really important to me, so I love that we were able to repurpose material from his previous collection.” 

Altuzarra x Etsy pet beds from Laylo
SHOP: Altuzarra x Etsy pet beds from Laylo, from $60 each

Prized pups deserve a super-cozy place to snooze, and these plush, patterned pet beds made in partnership with Brooklyn-based pet shop Laylo come with a two-paws-up endorsement from one very important pooch: Joseph’s schnauzer, Bean. “When I received the first prototype, I tested it on Bean, who can be very picky about where she sleeps,” Joseph says. “She immediately went to it and took a nap! Bean now sleeps next to me on that bed every day while I work.” The best part? These dog beds aren’t just easy on the fur—they’re easy on the eyes, too. “The pet industry hasn’t evolved for the design-conscious consumer,” explains Laylo founder Gabriela Baiter. “We create modern pieces with this in mind.”

Whether you’re decorating your coffee table, securing loose-leaf papers on your desk, or anchoring your mind during meditation, these crocheted lace and leather stones will add an element of the exquisite to your day-to-day activities. Made by lacemaker Monica Johnson, each piece is truly unique. “Since each stone varies slightly in size and shape, the pattern always needs to be adjusted—the size of the leather, the number of stitches—for a perfect fit,” Monica explains. It was precisely this specific, individualized approach that first caught Joseph’s attention. “Ever since discovering Monica’s work, I’ve become obsessed,” he says. “I love that each one can never be replicated exactly.”

Altuzarra x Etsy vases from Sara Paloma Pottery
SHOP: Altuzarra x Etsy vases from Sara Paloma Pottery, from $120

Decorating your space with fresh-cut flowers is an easy way to add beauty and tranquility to any room, and putting them in an extra-special vessel instantly amplifies the effect—especially when it’s crafted by a clay whiz like Sara Paloma. For her collaboration with Joseph, the California-based ceramist created a line of vases in his brand’s signature cognac hue, plus a bonus edition of five one-of-a-kind designs adorned with leather cording made by the designer himself. “I loved the idea of mixing ceramic and leather and merging two worlds into one unique piece,” Joseph says. Sara agrees, saying, “These vases were not just the product of a combined design idea; they’re also the result of both of our actual handmade efforts.”

Altuzarra x Etsy woven baskets from Weaving Art
SHOP: Altuzarra x Etsy woven baskets from Weaving Art, from $950

“I’m obsessed with weaving and braiding, and I am always looking at basketry for inspiration,” explains Joseph of the backstory behind his collaboration with Israeli basketmaker Nuni Yavnai. “My favorite part of designing these was working with Nuni to come up with the right pattern in the right colors—I learned so much about this incredible craft, and I think the final product is breathtaking.” For Nuni, the experience was also one of artistic growth. “I like to experiment with different color combinations,” she says. “In this instance, Joseph chose a palette I wouldn’t normally have chosen myself, but when I started weaving I realized how beautifully the colors he chose work together. It’s such an amazing example of how working with another artist can expand your own creative boundaries.”

*USD prices may vary day by day due to fluctuations in currency exchange from this seller’s listing currency to your browsing currency.

Photography by Shana Novak unless otherwise noted.

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20 comments

  • alinbragina

    Alina Bragina from APALIPALKA said 45 days ago

    Beautiful ! If everything you see and touch is perfect, your life will excite you and inspire you to create something new!

  • iuxka6g6

    Olga Kaplina from FunnyLoopsFinds said 44 days ago

    So many beautiful items featured! Comfort is very important now.Thank you!

  • kmjoy17

    kimberly Rush from MindsetGym said 44 days ago

    These are absolutely beautiful! I'm obsessed with the lace on the stones!

  • lavkach

    Olga Chakhlova from LavkaCh said 44 days ago

    An amazing example of how a collaboration reveals each of its participants. Each example described here is interesting and sophisticated in its own way. It is very, very interesting to learn about such examples for your own inspiration!

  • x8qnpozo

    Anna from LissiKids said 44 days ago

    wow! Joseph is a very unique and interesting creative personality. The collections of this designer are always sophisticated and stylish. I'm obsessed with woven basket from the Altuzarra x Etsy collection!!

  • 2dyq9z2b

    Anastasiya from byKiama said 44 days ago

    Crochet stones- one love! Thanks for sharing

  • tws89l6b

    XZOUIX from XZOUIXstudio said 43 days ago

    i had no ideas about this collaboration. i miss the old etsy email newsletters, i used to get a lot of inspiration out of them, from sellers and from stories. the new newsletter is very different...

  • ClassicMemories

    ClassicMemories from ClassicMemories said 42 days ago

    Lovely items and shop. Congrats on the feature.

  • AmoreBride

    AmoreBride from AmoreBride said 42 days ago

    Love the collection it's so fresh and upbeat!

  • LadyInPurple

    Jennifer Tyson from LadyInPurpleBoutique said 42 days ago

    Lovely collaboration! Congrats on the features!

  • jbyrqlaq

    Angela said 41 days ago

    Beautiful work! I also love your dog!!

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees from Xenotees said 41 days ago

    Go Monica J! :D

  • Dogdohr

    Joanne Dohr from Dogdohr said 41 days ago

    Lovely items, very classy! Great ideas for decorating!

  • yhsyntdu

    Brenna said 41 days ago

    PLEASE FIND SOME MORE OF THE WOVEN PLACEMAT SETS !! THE COLLECTION IS SPECTACULAR!!

  • aruvwql9

    charles akana said 41 days ago

    wow the pillows sold out quick... i bought 3 hope they are nice .. aloha from the 808

  • PillowscapeDesigns

    Robyn from PillowscapeDesigns said 41 days ago

    I just love seeing how Etsy designer’s home decor items are combined together to make a one of a kind look. Just think of all the combinations available with all the Etsy shop owners home decor.💕💕💕💕

  • s6vad9hk

    Sheila said 41 days ago

    I love Joseph's work. I can't afford any right. The Covid-19 virus has everyone closed off, some with no income. Hopefully, things will get better soon. Keep up your wonderful work.

  • 2ujuphls

    Jennifer from IceBreakerPrintables said 25 days ago

    Love the attention to detail!

  • qppq320k

    Mariya from MagicArtForYou said 23 days ago

    I love bright accents in the interior. I especially liked the coasters and napkins made of woven cotton and leather. They will perfectly complement the festive table decoration. Joint projects are great!

  • seruva14

    Carolynne DeLisle from NonnasNuttyKrafts said 7 days ago

    Ok weall love leather, you can't say you don't. But who knew you could make a rock look so pretty with leather attachments to it. OMG!

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