In Pursuit of Serenity:
The Minimalist Accessories of Hunting Season
by Thomas Sweeney
Photographed by Hanna Tveite
In today's logomania age, women in search of stripped-down accessories may liken themselves to hunters on a retail safari brimming with excess, ready to pounce on the rare tote or clutch that's truly reduced to the bare essentials. Their approach is what inspired the name of the minimalist leather-goods line Hunting Season, founded and designed by the Miami-born, Bogotá-based Danielle Corona. "I've always found myself on a search for simplicity, for balance, for elegance," she explains. "It's become increasingly uncommon to find accessories that complement, not define, a woman's wardrobe, and that's what my team of artisans and I set out to make."
Corona launched Hunting Season in 2006 primarily as a made-to-order business, fresh off her stint in Rome in the accessories division of Valentino. Since the very beginning, she has approached design with a persnickety editor's eye, eager to remove even the most remotely superfluous elements at the end of the process. Her logoless tote, clutch, and cross-body bags are rendered in simple shapes—square, rectangle, trapezoid, cylinder—and are left with virtually no adornments. When it comes to raw materials, Corona prefers ethically sourced exotic skins, Italian nappa leather, banana leaf, raffia, and iraca palm, all of which are fashioned into her designs by artisans in Colombia. "Hunting Season is a small company, which allows me to very hands-on when it comes to ensuring top quality," says Corona. "At our factory in Bogotá, we've built a wonderful community of craftspeople, mostly women who use local techniques."
This fall, The Line, in recognition of Hunting Season's début at the retailer, offers five accessories from the range that capture Corona's pursuit of simplicity and taste for exotic skins. The selection of bags includes a square compact clutch in glossy black lizard, lined in suede and framed symmetrically at the sides with bands of Italian metal. "Our lizard this season is sourced from Indonesia, and our hardware continues to come from a small factory in Florence," says Corona. "It's rare that I add hardware, but when it happens I look to Italy, a country with generations of time-honored expertise in this area." Also available in lizard skin are a navy trapezoidal top-handle bag (hardware concealed) and a rust-toned cross-body with a lidded top that appears to levitate above the main compartment. "I've named it the 'Trunk' because of its shape and dimensions," says Corona, "but it's equally inspired by the Balinese baskets I saw on one of my travels."
Hunting Season's home accessories play an equal role in The Line's buy, with two of the brand's signature table lighters—one square, one rectangular—rounding out the edit. They're also crafted from lizard skin (this time in navy or mocha brown) and Florentine metal, and at first glance they could be mistaken for minaudières, as complements to Hunting Season's smaller hand-held accessories. "The table lighters were originally developed as gifting pieces for our early clients, and proved so popular that I eventually integrated them into the permanent range," says Corona. "I've always been moved by interiors and furniture—especially that of Jean-Michel Frank and Gabriella Crespi—so offering the lighters feels like a natural step forward."
The five essentials, with their planar construction or no-fuss closures, amount to something of a palate cleanser for accessories buyers with an eye for seamlessness and visible craftsmanship, and play into Corona's built-to-last, season-resistant philosophy for her brand. "At Hunting Season, we produce items that are open to interpretation, in silhouettes so minimalist that they'll stand the test of time, regardless of the colorway, " says Corona. "My goal for this collection, which I stress to my clients, is ‘simple and serene.’”
At Hunting Season, we produce items that are open to interpretation, in silhouettes so minimalist that they'll stand the test of time.Danielle Corona
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