PB 0110 is a label by Philipp Bree, featuring fine bags of natural leather and linen. He began contemplating his own brand in 2012, founded PB 0110, and left the family business, BREE, which he had been running together with his brother for more than 10 years. He presented his collection in January 2013 in Berlin and Paris. In June, the first shipments were ready to be sent all over the world to partners in Sydney, New York, Hong Kong, Basel, Berlin, Munich, London and Paris.
Philipp Bree believes in the significance of beloved objects, in things which develop an individuality through daily use and become essential companions over time. PB 0110 produces bags and accessories of vegetable-tanned natural leather, pure linen and brass. These are ideal materials that become even more beautiful with the passage of time and develop a unique patina. The bags and accessories are crafted by selected European manufacturers who have been skilled in the production and processing of highquality materials for generations.
Philipp Bree insists on the use of high quality materials sourced from selected, long-established European manufacturers. Production of the bags is entrusted to the expert craftworkers at a family firm of bag-makers in Bohemia, Czech Republic, who have been plying their trade for generations.
Every hide is hand-selected and pure vegetable tanned. Philipp Bree sources the hides from one of Europe’s most renowned tanneries. Based in Wallonia, Belgium, the company has been specialising in the vegetable tanning of top quality cowhide since 1873. This material-friendly process retains the natural surface structure of the hide, producing leather that is supple to the touch, with that distinctive aromatic fragrance. Only some ten percent of all leather worldwide is vegetable tanned, which is why natural leather is so highly valued and treasured.
The bags and accessories are lined with fine suede calfskin, which comes from a specialist workshop in Poland that has been manufacturing fine split leather for over 150 years.
Linen The densely woven, hardy linen is extremely hard-wearing and is sourced from an Italian family firm. Back in the 19th century this company was already famous for its sturdy ropes – ropes which, to this day, still bear many a church bell in Tuscany. Linen is one of the oldest natural fibres used in fabric production, but today features in less than one percent of all textiles. The reason is to be found in the demanding nature of linen as a crop. The flax plants flower for just a single day and are then harvested. And little has changed over the centuries in terms of the labour-intensive processing of the fibres.
Brass The fittings are specially designed for PB0110 and made from solid brass at a workshop in Italy. For 40 years this family firm, now in its second generation, has specialised in working with brass. Its founder still turns her hand to the welding process. Brass fittings are extremely fracture-resistant and durable. To prevent oxidation, the fittings are given a thin coat of varnish. Over time their surface acquires a noble and unique patina.
Zips All zips are also made of solid brass. The teeth are very closely spaced and polished several times over to ensure they open and close very easily. They are extremely smooth, which makes them gentle on the hands and scratch-prone surfaces. The zips are manufactured at the heart of Germany.
Thread The selected thread used in PB0110 bags is exceptionally tear and abrasion-resistant. It is spun in southwest Germany by a specialist family firm dating back more than 150 years.
Several designers are responsible for interpreting the PB0110 brand philosophy. As they revisit and review our understanding of bags and accessories, over time they create a veritable family of different products all based on the same DNA: natural leather, linen and solid brass, plus a belief in the deep significance of beloved objects in our everyday lives. The designer’s initials appear in the name of each item.
AB: Ayzit Bostan moves fluently between the worlds of design and art. Her collections are exhibited at MMK Frankfurt, BQ Berlin, the Goethe-Institut in Tokyo and the Kunstverein in the fair city of Munich, where she lives. www.ayzitbostan.com
CA: Christine Ahrens has worked for international labels including Asprey und Jil Sander. Based in London, she is a much sought-after specialist in shoe and accessory design.
CM: Christian Metzner is a young designer from Berlin, rapidly acquiring a reputation for precision craftsmanship and the invention of inspired refinements. www.christian-metzner.com
Product designer Friederike Daumiller has created all the fittings for PB 0110 in brass. She is currently working closely with Konstantin Grcic.
The visual identity of PB 0110 is the brainchild of Haw-Lin Services. The two designers Nathan Cowen and Jacob Klein maintain their own internationally renowned blog at www.haw-lin.com.
Made in Europe.
Philipp Bree insists on the use of high quality materials sourced from long-established European manufacturers – companies he knows personally and visits on a regular basis. Production of the bags is entrusted to a family firm of expert bag-makers in Bohemia, Czech Republic. The leather comes from one of Europe’s most renowned tanneries in Wallonia, Belgium. The company has been specialising in the pure vegetable tanning of top quality cowhide since 1873.The exquisite suede calfskin is created by a Polish specialist in fine split leather. The robust, densely woven linen is sourced from an Italian family firm. Back in the 19th century this company was famous for its sturdy ropes – ropes which, to this day, still bear many a church bell in Tuscany. The solid brass fittings are specially designed and made for PB 0110. They are crafted at a workshop in Tuscany. All zips are also made of solid brass and produced at the heart of Germany. The thread used in the bags is spun in southwest Germany by a family firm dating back more than 150 years.