ARTISAN MAKER  |  Emilio Colonna: Italian artist in leather

Emilio Colonna didn’t grow up in the leather-working trade and yet he had the patience to teach himself the skills required to make the hand-crafted leather watchstraps, wallets, belts and bags he sells from his characterful store on the Via Scandriglia in Rome. 

Emilio spent much of his previous working life as a dealer in vintage watches. Then, as the demand for customised watchstraps grew, Emilio learned how to work leather with needle and thread and started making watchstraps by hand. As his interest and abilities grew, he extended his range to include many more retro-inspired leather accessories.



When Emilio creates his hand-cut, hand-dyed and hand-sewn leather watchstraps, he designs them to reflect the character of the watch and the character of the watch’s owner. The careful crafting of these uniquely desirable objects is based on his shrewd observation along with his hard-won skills using traditional leather-making tools and materials.


Emilio Colonna:

Insta: @vintage_leatherwatchstrap

If the cap fits…