Petty Things is a brand of exclusive accessories based in Madrid. Behind Petty Things are the dreams and memories of Ruth Arilla Acosta. Her childhood fascination with the treasures that her grandmother, Mama Nati, kept in the white closet (boxes of antique buttons, pieces of cloth, linings, ribbons …), and also of what her grandmother, Ángeles, made (perfect, delicate, special and unique crocheted pieces). Thus, the delicate treasures of her grandmothers led her to love and collect small pieces and materials, always with special characteristics and stories; things she found in her travels, searching through flea markets, peculiar and unique stores, and meeting passionate people like her. The treasures she kept are the soul and spirit of the firm. A mixture between the upcycling of vintage materials and the modernity of leather adapted to different shapes. Always with the highest quality standards and made in Spain.
We are a brand that believes in slow fashion, in respecting processes and recycling materials, creating sustainable contemporary pieces full of history.
Ruth’s fashion studies at the Polytechnic University gave her the foundation to start making simple handbags with the help of her sewing machine. She began to research and test at home while working with different designers and companies making accessory collections and learning from them the following: from Juan Duyos, freedom; from Jocomomola (Sybilla), color and her newfound passion for Japan; from Fun & Basic, the business savvy; and from Jesús del Pozo she learned to make her first handmade pieces. Then, as a freelancer, she decided to move forward with a personal project: the creation of a brand of special, unique, wonderfully elaborated accessories that make everyone happy. This is how Petty Things came to be.
Today, from the recycling of vintage and old materials, we create contemporary pieces with a timeless spirit produced with love and care. Each of them is unique. Each made by hand, one by one, by leather artisans or at the Pretty Things workshop; all in Spain. This process allows us to do an extensive follow-up and create designs of exquisite quality with the charm of the “not done in series”. Limited editions of 2 to 100 pieces (depending on the fabric), which are numbered and whose inner card tells you their story, their previous life, and serial number.
For the vintage collections, we rescued precious printed fabrics: barkcloths from the 50s, silks from the 40s, cotton from the 30s and, embroidered shawls from the 1900s. We dismantled vintage kimonos of delicate colors already in disuse and reused leftover brooches, chains, medals or scraps (for the unique pieces). The origins of the vintage materials are mixed with exquisite leathers, mostly vegetable-based.
Today, from the recycling of vintage and antique materials, we elaborate contemporary pieces, with a timeless spirit, produced with a lot of love and care. Each of our complements is unique, they are made by hand, one by one, by skin artisans or in our own workshop, all in Spain. That allows us to do an exhaustive follow-up and get designs of exquisite quality, with the charm of the “not done in series”. Limited editions of 2 to 100 pieces maximum (depending on the fabric), which is numbered and whose inner card tells its story, its previous life and its serial number.
For the vintage collections we rescued precious printed fabrics, barkcloths from the 50s, silks from the 40s, cottons from the 30s, embroidered shawls from 1900; we dismantled vintage kimonos of delicate colors, already in disuse and we reused (for the unique pieces) brooches, chains, medals or scrap in disuse. The origins of vintage material today, are mixed with exquisite skins, mostly vegetables.