It’s not just about smelling divine.

Most people keep a diary; Ben Gorham — founder of Byredo — however, takes it a step further. A step inward, if you will. Byredo’s portfolio of fragrances is a retrospective on Gorham’s life. His thoughts, ideas, emotions. Moments in history that caught his attention. Memories, too, captured, distilled and bottled in the now-iconic cylindrical coffrets, topped off with a rounded black cap.

Over half a decade ago, leather goods became something of an obsession.

”I have the obsession of perfection. I wanted to take the abstraction of scent and channel it into other products — I wanted the same perfection. The craftsmanship of leather goods has that same quality for me; it has become another medium for this exploration,” said Gorham, in conversation about his leather goods range.

The interiors of Byredo’s ifc pop-up is just as you’d expect for a Stockholm-headquartered brand. Scandi-style simplicity meets a touch of quirk; a space that honours Byredo’s love of curvilinear shapes — note: that wavy wooden divider is stunning — as well as the structured, architectural lines of the stars-of-the-show: the leather collection.

Gorham’s fastidious approach to design is well-demonstrated through this leather collection. It’s not about the flashy and the gimmick; instead, it’s about refinement that’s quiet, considered and thoughtful. Calfskin and Spanish lambskin that’s soft and supple — some gleaming with a waxed finish — and hardware spotlighting the brand’s ‘B’ initial are little details that begin telling the story of this obsessive journey with perfection.

Byredo’s leather goods are produced in a single location: a small, family-owned factory, just outside Florence. From the signature Blueprint bag — this season, revisited in a new ‘micro’ size — to the accordion-shaped Umbrella wallet and zipped-up perfume holders, this collection — much like the brand’s library of scents — is one made to last. A timeless tribute to the very best of design.

For those looking for last-minute Valentine’s Day gifting ideas: same-day personalisations — exclusive to the ifc mall pop-up store — are available on the leather collection’s travel perfume case, luggage tag, card holder and umbrella wallet.

Byredo’s leather goods collection is exclusively available at the Byredo ifc mall store pop-up, with prices starting from HK$1,500. Byredo. ifc mall, Store 1059C, Podium Level 1, ifcmall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 7072 8780

Joey Wong
Constantly in pursuit of a multi-hyphenated career, Joey has written her way through fashion trends, youth culture and luxury retail in New York and Hong Kong. Beyond internet adventures tracking down the perfect vintage find, you can probably catch her sipping on her third oat milk latte of the day in the city’s newest café. She’s currently mourning the loss of TikTok in Hong Kong.