Leather craftsman and author Otis Ingrams has partnered with Champagne Charles Heidsieck as part of its unique event series, Maverick Encounters – a celebration of pioneering entrepreneurs and creatives, who share the ethos of the house’s legendary founder, Charles-Camille Heidsieck.
Otis Ingrams set up Otzi Studio in 2014 stemming from a desire to produce skilfully-crafted goods. Using natural, responsibly-sourced materials including leather, cork and wood, Ingrams is committed to sourcing the finest materials where possible and producing carefully crafted, quality pieces, which is where he and Charles Heidsieck find common ground. From the grape selection, to methodical blending, through to the refined aging process in the historic chalk cellars, Charles Heidsieck’s commitment to quality is unrivalled.
The immersive workshop on 15 November will commence with a champagne tasting and pairing masterclass. Guests will have the opportunity to taste Charles Heidsieck’s Brut Réserve and Rosé Réserve champagnes, both fine examples showcasing the highly talented Chef de Cave, Cyril Brun and his team’s unique blending expertise.
With the help of Ingrams, guests will then learn a combination of both traditional and contemporary techniques to create their own customised, leather bag, perfect for transporting a bottle of Charles Heidsieck champagne. Following the workshop, guests will be able to take home their very own unique, hand-crafted, monogrammed, leather bag.
Ingrams has always held a strong belief in creating objects with integrity, which comes through in the materials used at the Otzi studio. The focus and use of vegetable tanned and bridle leathers, all tanned slowly and sustainably for up to two months, ensures the creation of simple designs, resulting in honest and beautiful products. Ingrams’ ethos is based on a belief that natural and sustainable materials have intrinsic value and idiosyncratic characteristics that synthetic materials cannot produce.
When? Thursday 15th November, 6pm
Where? Factory 45, 44-46 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR