Photographed by Sam Gold for Accessories Almanac

Each week we're showcasing an accessory we’ve fallen in love with. A single piece, elusive enough to stand on its own. An object that’s not only pleasing to the eye, but has a similarly unique and personal story.

Pronunciation: HOO-goh MAH-tah

Established: 2014

Signature: Perspex and sleek minimal shapes

Hugo Matha grew up on a vineyard in the Aveyron region of Southern France, but when it came time for him to set out on his own career path, he found a new way to utilize the place where he had spent his youth.

His namesake line—an expertly crafted collection of handbags—combines unique materials like 100 year old petrified wood, stone, and plexi glass into sleek, minimal clutches and top handle bags. The handmade pieces are constructed by the vineyard’s craftsman during the winemaking off season. It turns out their attention to detail and precision in winemaking can easily transfer to handbags. Matha began creating bags after he studied women’s wear design at the Duperré school in Paris, when friends convinced him to launch a brand based on the accessories he’d presented alongside his graduate collection. With two ANDAM nominations under his belt and support from major retailers like colette and Moda Operandi, his bags are viewed as objet d’arts.

Case in point, the above calf leather tote. With two sturdy metal handles that open wide to allow maximum access to your storage space! Matha's creations transcend style into form and function.