Hand-stitched Leather Goods from Talented Craftsmen Found in Chelsea Market Shop


|New York, NY - September 16, 2019| BLACKBARN Shop celebrates its internationally sourced products from talented artisans around the world with a focus on Spain, where furniture manufacturer Sol & Luna operates out of Madrid. With a selection of the company’s most elegant leather-bound pieces, BLACKBARN highlights their luxurious and pristinely crafted leather goods.

“When we happened upon Sol & Luna’s boutique in the famed Barrio de Salamanca shopping district in Madrid, we were excited to have discovered a brand that also works with uniquely talented artisans,” says Kristen Zeff. “We are passionate about representing craftsmen and share their enthusiasm for the art of leather.”

Sol & Luna was launched in 2003, after the owners invested in a cattle ranch in the remote Paraguayan Chaco jungle. Relying on the agile craftsmen in the region, the company focused on using wood and leather from Chaco to form a product line of sustainable goods combined with unparalleled standards of excellence. The Paraguayan craftsmanship that Sol & Luna employs yield rare objects of the highest quality, hand-stitched and hand-finished from a fine cow leather with great care taken during the tanning process to retain the natural characteristics of the material. 

“Sol & luna represents a sense of style that is hard to find these days,” says Mark Zeff. “The handmade aspect combined with a series of sophisticated products in the line, from chairs to gardening products, makes the company truly inspirational.”

BLACKBARN shop carries a variety of Sol & Luna products, from sleek tables and armchairs to desks and decor items. Leather buckets in small and large sizes provide a fashionable way to store anything from firewood to toys, while the Capiatá Armchair, entirely covered in leather and stackable, provides a unique, luxe look for any dining setting and is suitable for heavy use environments as it ages beautifully. The shop’s connected cafe & bar features Sol & Luna furnishings such as the Granera Negro chairs and bar stools that were personally customized for the space. 

BLACKBARN Shop at Chelsea Market was created by husband and wife team Mark and Kristen Zeff. Mark is the founder of MARKZEFF, an interior design firm with more than 30 years experience designing hotels, restaurants and residences. Kristen is a former management consultant with a love for design and travel.

Mark and Kristen have utilized items found on their extensive travels as the baseline for the collection on display, and have commissioned artists and artisans both locally and from places such as Morocco, Bali, South Africa, Spain, Portugal and Italy to create pieces for the shop.