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Santiago Besteiro

  • Leatherworking
  • Monterroso, Spain
  • Rising Star
Santiago Besteiro Leatherworking
Spanish, English, Portuguese
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:00
+34 661210044
©Santigo Besteiro

Leather made with heart

  • • Santiago is self-taught
  • • He was a finalist in the 2020 edition of the National Crafts Award
  • • He is proud of his Galician heritage

Santiago Besteiro is self-taught as far as leatherwork is concerned, however his background includes studies and training both in wood and stone carving. Thanks to this creative and multidisciplinary approach, he has developed an open-minded and problem-solving attitude in his craft. The workshop officially opened its doors in 2018, following three years of planning and development. Santiago treats leather with love, his creations are "heart made" – as he likes to put it. He chooses the material with great care, designs, cuts, glues, stitches and polishes with painstaking attention, combining leather with stone and wood. His creations include bags, wallets and briefcases, as well as interior pieces and sculptures, either one-of-a-kind or in limited editions.

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  • ©Santigo Besteiro
  • ©Santigo Besteiro
  • ©Santigo Besteiro
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Bento backpack

This backpack has clean and carefully-made lines, reflecting the balance between beauty and functionality. It consists of 100 percent full grain vegetable-tanned leather. Finishing touches were made by hand with linen thread and solid brass accessories. A piece of olive wood crowns the front while the base itself is made from maple. The edges have been finished by hand.

Length 25 cm
Width 33 cm
Height 8 cm

Photo: ©Santigo Besteiro
Bento briefcase

This briefcase belongs to the Bento collection, a series of pieces with a simple and functional design that combine leather and olive wood. It has been hand-crafted using traditional techniques saddlery and artistic cabinetmaking. An elegant piece designed to last and age with style.

Length 40 cm
Width 30 cm
Height 8 cm

Photo: ©Santigo Besteiro
Bento clutch

A delicate and precise design for a clutch, bearing a soft lower curve that adapts perfectly to the hand’s natural shape. It consists of 100 percent vegetable-tanned leather and sewn by hand with linen thread. A piece of olive wood crowns the frontal part, providing a touch of resistance to the whole. The edges have been finished by hand.

Length 22.5 cm
Width 12 cm
Height 4 cm

Photo: ©Santigo Besteiro

Domus is a sculpture made during the 2020 coronavirus confinement, it arises from reflection on the individual and their need to relate to others. It consists of three pieces made by hand with vegetable tanned leather and granite. Domus combines pure forms and clean volumes in a design that seeks to give prominence to the expressiveness of natural materials.

Length 100 cm
Width 60 cm
Height 60 cm

Photo: ©Santigo Besteiro

This project has been created taking inspiration one of the most emblematic lighthouses of Galician culture, the Cabo Vilán Lighthouse. Pharos is a sculpture in several pieces that works as an organiser of telecommuting spaces or other ambiances. Pharos has a design based on simplicity and functionality, which seeks to give prominence to the expressiveness of natural materials. Its elaboration has been carried out using saddlery and wood turning techniques.

Length 42 cm
Width 11 cm
Height 11 cm

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