NÁMENK Melds Mexican Handcraft With Street Luxury
By Jian DeLeon

The leather handcraft brand from Mexico City street culture veteran Ricardo Campa mixes artisan traditions with modern sensibility.

Sep 30, 2016

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Ricardo Campa is a Mexico City storeowner and street culture veteran who is a pivotal figure in bringing Mexico into the increasingly relevant conversation where streetwear, youth culture, and high fashion are converging.


The proprietor of stores Headquarter and Kamikaze, where accessible skate-inspired lines and street-ready decks share shelf space with covetable labels like NEIGHBORHOOD, Stampd, and White Mountaineering, he also has a mission to reconcile Mexico’s artisan handcraft traditions with modern sensibilities.


Campa previously explored Mexican handcraft and embroidery with Rage Handcraft, a line of objets d’art that covered human and animal skulls, skateboard decks, and replica weapons with intricate beading. Now, Campa takes that concept to leather with NÁMENK.


NÁMENK’s debut collection, titled “Sorcerers of the Tribe,” references the “sorcerers” of the tribes Campa partners with to produce the intricately patterned leather goods. These artisans are devoted to the process and have perfected their craft through years of painstaking practice. The hope is that by reconciling these traditions with modern luxury goods like luggage and wallets to more extravagant show pieces like punching bags and skate decks, they can be preserved for the future.


Each product is handmade in Mexico. Beyond the leather goods, NÀMENK also makes homewares and jewellery inspired by the same tribal motifs utilized on the leather. There is also a small offering of apparel, featuring leather accents on versatile knitwear like crewneck sweatshirts.


For more information, follow NÁMENK on Instagram @namenk_mexico or visit their website.


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