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Our story

Estados was founded by Anglo-South American brother and sister team Hugo Lesser and Marisa Orchard in 2010.

We've been surrounded by beautiful Argentine leather goods all our lives. Our parents traveled to Argentina regularly for 30 years, inevitably returning laden with wallets, purses, handbags and belts. The quality of the leather, they used to say, surpassed anything available in Europe.

Our grandfather meanwhile was one of the thousands of British engineers, entrepreneurs and financiers that travelled to Argentina in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to establish infrastructure. He was a railway engineer, and he went to design a tunnel to connect Argentina and Chile across the Andes. His leather chaps, his riding boots, and the holster he later took with him to the front in the Great War, were so well made, of such wonderful leather, that they remain in excellent condition today, more than a century later.

Estados' is short for 'Estados Animicos', which means 'states of mind', 'moods' or 'soul states', in Spanish. This reflects our design ethos of using and combining different coloured leather.

We personally design all of our leather goods and oversee their manufacture, to ensure the uncompromising quality that is a hallmark of our brand.

If you have any questions or feedback, please get in touch by emailing

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