SO-LE STUDIO was born in London under the helm of Creative Director and Founder Maria Sole Ferragamo. SO-LE STUDIO’s mission is to transform leftover materials such as leather and brass into unique jewellery, amulets and armours for all generations.
Since 2019 its creative HQ sits in Milan, while the production remains in Florence’s surrounding hills. The creative principles of SO-LE STUDIO resonate with its core philosophy: discarded materials are the starting point of an artistic creation.
Maria Sole works with the materials she finds and sees strength in scarcity, she transforms it into unique wearable design objects, naturally limited in numbers.
SO-LE Studio releases one collection per year featuring new designs while previous collections are constantly reinterpreted with the new shades and finishing.
Keywords to the portraiture of SO-LE STUDIO are durability, dynamism, versatility, lightness and a sense of provocation.
Maria Sole Ferragamo skilfully combines her degree in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano and a MA Design (Jewellery) from Central Saint Martins, London. She works at the intersection of leather artisanship, jewellery design, architecture, and visual arts.
SO-LE STUDIO functions as a brand, laboratory and artistic umbrella for her creations and projects, rescuing and transforming high-quality leftovers as well as opening cross-field collaborations.
SO-LE Studio has been presented with the Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery at Art Basel, MiArt and PAD London. Her creations were included in the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan, IT (2020) and Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Florence, IT (2019-20).
Since 2020 she has been commissioned year on year to design the award for the Rinascimento +, a prize celebrating patronage and collecting for the Museo del Novecento.
Maria Sole Ferragamo was selected by Polimoda in Florence, IT as Mentor for the institution’s Seasonal Course in Fashion Jewellery to be held in Spring 2021.
Her work has been featured in Wallpaper, The New York Times, How To Spend It, AD, Vogue UK, Germany and Italy, I-d, L’Officiel, WWD, and Il Corriere amongst others.
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