On this journey I created a photography, travel journalism and art project, called ‘Coração Nómada’ (Nomad Heart) and with it I changed the course of my life. In parallel I began to discover leathercraft and how to work with it on the road, selling it on the streets with local artisans.
When I returned to Portugal, I decided to devote the biggest part of my life to leathercraft, while working as a freelance journalist. It was then that INTI was born. I borrowed the name from the ancient Aymara people from the highlands of Bolívia. I called my artwork INTI, which is their name for the sun, the pervading light force that creates life in this earthly plane. In 2015 it became my only occupation.” (Catarina Palma)
My products are innovative in the sense that they do not copy what already exists. My work is a constant challenge towards the expansion of my capacity for creativity and uniqueness. INTI's way is to invite our citizens to embrace minimalism, by providing them with bags that they can transform to use in more than one way. Messenger and bucket bags transform into backpacks, leg holsters convert into bold sling bags and kinky harnesses swings into elegance and sophistication.
Having lived a nomadic lifestyle, I realise the importance of owning very few items that are core to our daily life, enabling us to pack lightly but have many options. My aim is to create day-to-day versatile and adjustable pieces that can also be worn during your travels and to festivals.” (Catarina Palma)
Some apprentices have passed through INTI's atelier, but right now I’m the only person creating our leather items. Renata Jourdan is responsible for our web design, she’s a brazilian designer and fashion adviser, who is currently also developing our marketing department.
We honour the ancient art of leatherworking by producing long lasting, exclusive products. Acquiring high quality material is just the beginning. Your INTI piece will most likely change color and adapt to your body, transforming into your companion for years. This our way of honoring and respecting life, 180º away from the chaos of the global supply chain.” (Catarina Palma)