Designer of the week; LAKS BY LISA


Lisa Pindel is a German designer based in Oslo, Norway where she has been living since 2005. She has a Master degree in Fashion and Costume design from Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Khio). She was involved in various international Art- and Design projects and received Cumulus Design Prize in Copenhagen in 2005.

Apart from being a designer for her own brand, she has designed gloves for a Norwegian glove wholesaler and has also a long experience as a buying assistant in fashion business. Lisa is a mother of two little boys and enjoys living in the western city centre of Oslo with her family.

Lisa started using fish leather (salmon leather only) in 2010. In the same year, Laks by Lisa was established and the first collection was launched in 2011. ”Laks” is the Norwegian word for salmon. Lisa was wondering if it was possible to use salmon leather as a material for accessories since she liked eating salmon dishes and was curious about what actually happened to the skins/ leftovers. Salmon was the material she wanted to concentrate on and work with as it had all the qualities she was looking for: innovative, sustainable production, ”exotic” material but ethically justifiable as salmon is not an endangered species and is a by-product of the food industry, and besides being attractive on the outside it is also very solid. Plus, the surface of every fish skin is quite different from each other which makes every piece very unique in the end. Lisa discovered Atlantic Leather in 2015 after having seen other Norwegian designers using it. She ordered samples and immediately fell in love with the beautiful metallic color variations of the salmon leather. Atlantic Leather offers a very unique, innovative color range that is not to be found by any other supplier. And for a designer based in Scandinavia, it is a nice aspect to use leather with origin from the North Atlantic ocean.


Even though Lisa is an educated Fashion designer, she has preferred working with accessories since the very beginning in 2001 when she started as a trainee for a small tailoring atelier in her hometown Weinheim. While studying different patterns for evening dresses and jackets, Lisa always ended up creating small hand bags that would fit to those dresses. This has been a ”red thread” throughout all the years of being a fashion student and she eventually found out that this was her real passion, not actually working with clothes. Lisa experimented with many fabrics such as silk and cotton, and little by little started working with leather scraps as this felt quite ”natural” for her concerning working with bags and accessories.

Since her Master project for her graduation at Oslo National Academy of the Arts IN 2007, Lisa has been working with leather accessories only. In the beginning, she used mainly leather from second hand clothing stores which she turned into bags and pouches and then experimented with printing and painting on the leather. The main reason for using second hand leather was the color variations those old jackets offered and the idea of using recycled material.

In general, Lisa´s favourite colors are bold and bright ”80s”- colors such as hot pink or purple, but she also has a weakness for pastels (especially peach/ nude and mint green).


From the Atlantic Leather color palette, her favourites are the metallic variations, especially the rainbow surface and the silver and beige/nude tones as well as the new holographic surface.

Lisa really appreciates that fish leather has become more and more popular during the years. When she started researching and using this material in 2010, it was barely known and now it has become a stable element among bag designers in the Nordic and European countries. It is a great substitute for other exotic leathers such as snake skin or skins of endangered species. Yet it has its own characteristic appearance and is very versatile. While researching about the history of salmon leather, Lisa found out that during the Second world war, people in Norway were using fish leather for shoes due to the lack of leather in general. At this time, the tanning of fish leather was probably rather poorly developed and not comparable to the modern tanning processes. It is interesting how the use and qualities of materials have changed during the decades; today we are using fish leather because of it´s sustainability and beauty, and it is even a bit more expensive than many other kinds of leather.


In the collection of Laks by Lisa, salmon leather is combined with calf and goat leather. The products are manufactured in a company close to Krakow, Poland with European craftsmanship and consciousness. Lisa herself is a quarter Polish and her relatives are mainly from Krakow- area. The product range is including bags, clutches as well as a variety of hair accessories and earrings. The smaller goods are hand-made in Oslo by Lisa herself and created out of the left-overs from the bag production as she appreciates the thought of ”using everything available”. The collection is characterized by a combination of clear yet playful patterns inspired by Scandinavian simplicity, with a touch of vintage rounded off with practical solutions. The brand represents the idea if “slow fashion”, which means that the products are built to last.


Models of the collection are currently available at selected shops in Norway and a gift shop in Tokyo, Japan as well as in Lisa´s own web shop. During the last years, products of Laks by Lisa have been sold and exhibited in countries such as Italy, Germany, Japan and Norway.

Lisa also enjoys a lot working with customer orders (accessories for brides, such as bags or hair pieces, bow ties for men etc.) and other similar projects; for example, she has created origami-inspired hair bows that were sold at Oslo National Gallery in 2016 in connection with the popular Scandinavian exhibition ”Japanomania in the North”.


















Mæya Amsterdam - a team of designers with a flair for sustainability!

Mæya Amsterdam - a team of designers with a flair for sustainability!

In 2016, four friends- Remy Steenkamp, Jessie Smit, Ischa Moonen and Raoel van Groeningen - united by their passion for fashion and their interest in sustainability decided to combine their forces of creativity under the name MÆYA Amsterdam.

Remy Steenkamp, Jessie Smit, Ischa Moonen and Raoel van Groeningen - the innovative fashion designers striving for sustainability!

Remy Steenkamp, Jessie Smit, Ischa Moonen and Raoel van Groeningen - the innovative fashion designers striving for sustainability!

In their fashion creations, the friends strive to use material that is fashionable yet environmentally concious and through that filter they came to know the fishleather at Atlantic Leather. The fact that the leather‘s origins is a byproduct from the food industry fascinated the designers among its many other appealing characteristics and quality.

When asked about the name – Mæya – the designers explain that they wanted to use an Icelandic women‘s name, and Mæya appealed to them the most due to it‘s unique characters. Mæya is an Icelandic shortening for the name María and most women with the name María in Iceland are indeed called Mæya. 

Mæya Amsterdam is found both on facebook and Instagram (links to both pages are below picture) and the official website can be found here:

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And we kick off yet another season of exhibitions, now in Paris :)

And we kick off yet another season of exhibitions, now in Paris :)

It's Premiere Vision time once again!

February 7th 2017 marks the start of the awesome Premiere Vision in Paris and of course Atlantic Leather will have a booth there until the end of the show at February 9th 2017.

Hall 3 is the place, Stand G71-H72 is your destination and Icelandic innovative fishleather will be the object of your amazement!

We look forward to meeting you, greeting you and giving you samples of our leather and a taste of Icelandic chocolate!

Olga Noronha - An avant garde jewelry designer!

Olga Noronha is a young jewelry designer who we sponsored last year with a few pieces of fish leather. Her pieces are a coherent mix of unconventional charm, exquisite and boundary-pushing, a combination which makes it impossible not to distinguish her individuality among other jewelry desingers! For those reasons, we at Atlantic Leather chose to go into a collaboration with her, and her work speaks for itself! Her pieces are absolutely breathtaking!

By clicking HERE you can see a video of her runway show, but let's look at some photos as well:

Atlantic Leather honored in Hong Kong by World Leather Magazine 2016!


Last week, our CEO Gunnsteinn Björnsson attended a gala dinner in Hong Kong where the awards "Tannery of the Year" were presented by World Leather Magazine. Atlantic Leather was chosen in the fall of 2015 as one of the finalists for the "Tannery of the Year Awards - Europe Territory", and during the gala we were announced as the winner in our category! 

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We are extremely grateful and humble for this honor and extremely proud! These awards are the result of hard work, efficiency and determination in following our goal of innovation and sustainability!

In July 2015, a panel of judges visited Atlantic Leather which inspected our premesis. The judges took into consideration how the tannery process was executed, how the staff was treated, the factory's surroundings and how we benefit our small community.

Atlantic Leather met all standards resulting in us proudly being able to call ourselves "Tannery of the Year - Europe Winner!"

Designer of the week: Bav Tailor

Born in London, Creative Entrepreneur Bav Tailor followe her passion at a young age all the way to Milan, Italy where she studied design at one of the most prestigious Fashion and Design schools in Milan - IED Moda Lab.

After finishing school, Bav then went on to developing her brand - a collective fusion of sharp tailoring, geometrical forms and finest certified natural fabrics that represent true hallmarks of Made In Italy and Eco-Sustainability, always keeping her brands Mantra in mind:

Respect your body


your sphere

In memoir of her Grandfathers, the great Sartoralists, the brand upholds the tradition of creating sartorial pieces, that through amalgamating countries which represent excellence in craftsmanship, materials and printing techniques, offers clients an effortless tailor-made fit allowing freedom of movement and peace of mind during one’s evolution of conscious awareness. 

Bav Tailor can be found on social media:


A WOW design - Further North!

WOW air, the Icelandic airline, publishes an inflight magazine, and in one of those magazines, they interviewed one of Atlantic Leather's dearest customers - Auður Gná, a designer working under the name Further North!

Below you will find the article, enjoy!

Designer of the week: Valentina Tinganelli!

Our designer of the week, Valentina Tinganelli is a born and raised Icelander with roots in the Italian city Napoli. The half Icelandic/ half Italian designer grew up with one foot in Napoli, spending time with her big Italian family

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When it came to choosing schools, the designer went with IED Design and Fashion school in Rome, where she later gratuated with honorswith a Bachelor degree in shoe-and accessoriedesign. 

Her final project drew the judge‘s attention, both for the quality of the craftmanship in her handbags and her chosen theme: Icelandic nature and traditions in Italian craftmanship. Today, she tries to intergrade this theme into all her designs, by in any way connecting each piece of design to Iceland whilst having the item handcrafted in Italy.


Valentina Tinganelli can be found on social media:

We kick off exhibition season in Kobenhagen!

We kick off exhibition season in Kobenhagen!

We are sailing into the season of exhibitions, and Atlantic Leather will start the season off at The exhibition NORTHMODERN - Furniture and lifestyle strade show!

The exhibition is located at Center Blvd. 5, 230 Kobenhagen Denmark and the opening hours are:

January 13th: 09:00-18:00
January 14th: 09:00-18:00
January 15th: 09:00-18:00

Atlantic Leather will be stationed at stand number W1 accompanied by our friends at DANISH FASHION INSTITUTE! We welcome you at our stand and look forward to seeing you!

Designer of the week: kelly Locke

Kelly Locke, a native of the Pacific Northwest, began his design career in Architectural Urban Design. After ten years designing prestigious U.S. and international projects, he spent the next eight years as a feature film Art Director. Locke’s personal dedication to dance and yoga led to spending several months in Brazil with a dream to develop a yoga retreat in Buzios, the chic coastal resort town outside Rio de Janiero, made famous by Bridget Bardot in the 1960s, leading to Kelly following a different path into handbag design.

Locke’s vision for his label is to create accessories that are luxurious, wearable, and timeless. Exotic leathers, semi-precious gemstones, agate and petrified wood, and ultra-soft, natural-pattterned haircalf became the signature palette of materials for his first collection, which launched in 2009. Working in precious and luxurious exotic skins such as anaconda, lizard, crocodile, python and hair calf as well as lambskin, the Kelly Locke Collection embodies seductive modern glamour.

Fergie with her Bardot clutch

Fergie with her Bardot clutch

Julia Styles with her Mimi clutch

Julia Styles with her Mimi clutch

As a designer, Locke employs a meticulous approach to the craft of each handbag in the line by combining traditional master craftsman hand-cutting and construction techniques with an innovative approach to material development. Every design element is selected for its unique architectural contribution to the whole – from the line of the bag’s shape to subtle ornamental accents such as agate stone feet, zipper pulls in petrified wood, and elegant hand topstitching. Locke sources materials directly from around the globe, which include cultivated anaconda, crocodile and lizard skins from South America. Finishing specifications for exotic skins are developed by Locke who works with tanneries and local leather finishing product manufacturers to produce finished skins that make a difference.


The Kelly Locke Collection is available at high-end retailers including Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong and Riyadh, Henri Bendel in New York, Marissa Collections, and online at

When UNEINS visited Atlantic Leather!

Linda, Sarah and Alex form the fashion design team called UNEINS. 

They released a collection called CAPSULES which is heavily inspired by the soul of the Icelandic North. Deciding to use our material for their CAPSULES collection, they paid us a visit to meet our team, develop their vision and get to know the roots of the material. 

Travelling to the cold and raw north of Iceland in February of 2015, they video documented their journey and experience, resulting in this absolutely gorgeous video! We thank Linda and Sarah very much for their visit and hopefully we will meet Alex in the future. 

Designer of the week: Björn Björnsson!

Björn Björnsson, an Icelandic born and raised, studied at Copenhagen’s Fredriks-berg Technical School of Interior Architects where he received his Masters degree in Architecture/interior design. After about 30 years of experience in the field with designs all over the world, Björn is considered one of Scandinavia’s and United State’s most renowned and successful interior designers. 

Björn Björnsson

Björn Björnsson

Björn’s work has been published in many distinguished architectural publications such as Architecture of Denmark, The Icelandic House Beautiful and The New York Times. Björn is a member of the ASID as well as AIA and has worked with multiple charities such as Kips Bay, Holiday House and The Altos de Chavon School in the Dominican Republic.

Björn has distinguished himself as an elegant and sophisticated designer who responds to his client’s needs to create a home in which the client can call his own. Björn enjoys working in a range of styles including contemporary, traditional, modern and/or transitional.

Björn Björnsson can be found on social media:

Björn’s Website
Björn’s Facebook
Björns’s Twitter