How It’s Made
All By M. Book Clutches are handcrafted using the original 16th century bookbinding techniques. Our workshop is housed in a traditional Neapolitan bookbindery located in Palazzo Marigliano, Maria’s historical family home.
The city of Naples has a very long tradition in bookbinding. In the 17th century, the use of printing grew rapidly and the town’s flourishing intellectual circles attracted book merchants from all over Europe. This encouraged the development of a tradition of unique craftsmanship. Some of the oldest libraries in Italy lay hidden in the Palazzo.
The Art of Book-Binding
Drawing from this extensive background in the tradition of bookbinding, our artisans handcraft each By M book-clutch using the original, 16th century techniques of bookbinding, leather colouring, stamping and restoration. These unique skills have been passed down through the generations of skilled, talented Italian bookbinders.
The traditional values of the guild of bookbinding artisans remain at the forefront of designing every By M. product. The passion for art, attention to detail, patience and pursuit of excellence have remained unchanged over the centuries.
This ensures that the bookbinding culture, heritage and traditional craftsmanship are truly respected today as they were centuries ago.
Each artisan in our bookbindery is personally responsible for the unique feature they minutely design throughout every stage of the manufacturing process, from start to finish. Products might display very small, subtle variations, which are due to the personalised handcrafting process.
As a result, each ByM. book is one-of-a-kind.
Selection of the Finest Fabrics
Faithful to the artisanal spirit, By M. seeks to perpetuate the company’s tradition of high-quality and excellence while continuing to reinvent the past.
Great manual dexterity, commitment to the craft and respect for quality are some of the main characteristics of a bookbinder. This is how they bring their work to life.
The insides of the Book Clutches are lined with silk Moiré and include a removable pochette, keeping your little treasures nice and neat. A magnet is smartly concealed within the book’s pages to keep valuables safe.
It takes six to eight hours to create one Book Clutch. Each piece of leather we use is unique, so each bag we make is unlike any other. This also means that the pieces will have natural markings, demonstrating the hand-made manufacturing process.
We recommend cleaning your By M. Book Clutch using a soft, damp cloth only. Avoid excessive exposure to water, moisture, and sunlight. Treat your Book Clutch with love, as you would your favorite book!
The Manufacturing Process
It takes six to eight hours to create one book clutch. Maria personally handpicks the leathers, silks and other fabrics from trusted providers.
Each piece of leather is unique, so each bag we make is unlike any other. This also means that the products will have natural markings, bearing evidence of the unique handmade manufacturing process.
The insides of every book clutch are lined with silk moiré and include a removable pochette, so that you can keep your little treasures nice and neat. A magnetic closure is smartly concealed within the book’s pages to keep valuables safe.
By M. remains faithful to the artisanal spirit, while continuing to reinvent the past. Small processes of modern bookbinding practices are only introduced in special cases (for particular bespoke customised orders), where they become indispensable to the final product’s excellence.
High quality is the most important value of our working tradition and practice.
Bookbindery: Palazzo Marigliano in Naples
Palazzo Marigliano was built in the 15th century, in the heart of Naples, between the Dome and the famous square of San Domenico Maggiore, on the ancient Via San Biagio dei Librai – which is Italian for “The Street of Book Sellers”.
True Italian Heritage
Palazzo Marigliano, built in the 15th century, is situated in the historic heart of Naples on Via San Biagio dei Librai – translated as the “Street of Saint Blaise of the Book Sellers”. It is in fact this street that sparked Maria’s inspiration for her first collection.
Today the building is a national historical monument, recognized as the best sample of Renaissance architecture in Naples. Although it mostly houses the offices of the town’s archives, it still belongs to Maria’s family.