You’re in Chicago on a Saturday morning. It’s thirty-nine degrees and overcast, the air is sharp and gritty, chapping your lips as you walk along north Lincoln Boulevard. You stop in at Heritage for a coffee where the counter girls are wearing riveted work aprons and ask for an americano. Then you ask where their aprons are from. You’re told they’re the handiwork of a husband and wife whose line of accessories is called Winter Session. A quick email is sent to the designing duo, asking if their studio is nearby. They reply. It is. You ask if you can pay them a visit. They say yes.
That above story is exactly how I met Roy Katz and Tanya Fleisher, whose sophisticated line of waxed canvas totes and Horween-leather wallets seemed to proliferate across every cool corner of Chicago proper upon my last visit. Now based in cool n’ clear Colorado the west seems both both fitting backdrop and agreeable landing pad for the brand’s latest chapter.
The Winter Session aesthetic has long been one of unisex utilitarianism. Materials are chosen for their hardiness and durability, resulting in a rugged ethos that retains a high level of sophistication despite heavy wear.
The Garrison has been their iconic bag and most recognizable silhouette yet recent additions to the arsenal since uprooting out West have me stymied when picking a favorite. Believing that the best design is truly genderless, Roy and Tanya possesses both a draftsman’s approach to prototyping and an artists eye towards aesthetics. The result is a line of classically styled carry-goods that feel fresh for a new guard of discerning explorers.
– photography for winter session by luca venter –