Mauro Bianucci has made a fresh take on our bag collections. From Felt to Carga, we just can’t get enough of their clean lines and hip details. We caught up with him for our Father’s Day Celebration and got a little insight on why his work charms us every time…he has a dad that inspires and encourages him.
Did you ever feel really lucky that your dad was your dad? The cool guy that could make a basketball hoop backwards, the dad that took you and your buddies overnight backpacking, the dad that let you do stuff then said,”don’t tell mom.” Well, this is one of those stories where dad has made a lasting impression: from the rocky start growing up in a poorer family to a successful career, to words of wisdom that still ring in Mauro’s ear.
Three generations of the Bianucci family were born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His father Miguel Angel Bianucci grew up in an underprivileged home. Mother was a maid and father was a house painter. They lived a humble lifestyle without much chance for opportunity. It wasn’t until a government movement of the 60s when Mauro’s father was able to sign up for further education, opening a window to change. His advances as a psychiatrist provided them with a better life and paved the way for his family to follow in promising professional careers.
Mauro couldn’t be more proud of his father’s accomplishments. Words never came easier to a man describing someone they admire. In his work, Mauro adds, “he specialized in treating people with addiction problems, and he has done so from a myriad of possible angles, some that we would consider quite alternative.”
Father never really had any interest in design, although, “we lived in a house that he commissioned to an architect, so there is certainly an appreciation for aesthetics.” Mauro remembers two art books in their home library by Dali and Bruegel. He smirks, “It is easy to understand why a shrink would be interested in them.”
Even though his dad didn’t submerge himself into the design world as Mauro did, he still gave his approving nod showing his support, stretching his enthusiasm for the sake of his son’s. He lovingly embraces his son’s work even in the new concepts, the creative tangents, foreign ideas. And still, Mauro says, “I feel that somehow he ‘gets’ it.”
“Recently, maybe 3 or 4 years ago, I heard him say something that I thought was really insightful, although I am not sure he would remember. He said: ‘As parents, all we can do is to tense the cord of the bow. The arrow needs to choose its own direction.’ I love this quote and think it paints a pretty cool picture of him.”