SAUVEREIGN creates precious, one-of-a-kind handmade objects of art pulsing with 24-carat gold leaf. Founded by Bertrand Mak in collaboration with unsung artisans the world over, SAUVEREIGN creations – from leather goods, women’s footwear to “Gem” accessories, are imbued with emotions and unmistakably artistic, realised by a proprietary leafing and lacquering technique invented in-house in 2012. Weaving precious media with century-old savoir-faire, every piece is unique and a testament to superlative quality, rarity and innovation, destined to become the legends of tomorrow.
Bertrand Mak is the proprietor and mastermind of SAUVEREIGN and R. SANDERSON London – the creator of the 24-carat gold leaf Gems and heels. Born in Hong Kong and bred in London, Bertrand Mak was introduced to art and craft at a young age, first music and later in life, fine watchmaking.
Before embarking on the journey of creativity and innovation joined by like-minded talents, artisans and collectors, Bertrand Mak was a watch specialist at auction house Christie's and began his career in luxury goods as a graduate management trainee at LVMH.
At university, Bertrand Mak saved up pocket money to trade watches and has since never rested his eye for the smallest of details. His fine appreciation of art can be explained by his classical training in violin and piano, as well as the countless hours spent in museums whilst growing up.
“Creating legends” is Bertrand Mak’s motto.
The culmination of this vision is an independent maison that meets at the intersection of craftsmanship and creativity, lacing noble materials with century-old savoir-faire to create pieces that transcend the traditional realms of art and luxury goods. Through an offering of collectable, bespoke “Gems”, which can be interlocked on bags, shoes, and accessories such as brooch and pendant, SAUVEREIGN’s entire range becomes uniquely customisable by its keepers. Standing apart from traditional made-to-order services, SAUVEREIGN’s personalised creations are ready to be worn instantly, originating a revolutionary bespoke experience.
The story of SAUVEREIGN could not be told without the collective of unsung makers and artists chosen to bring dreams to life.
Every object bearing the mark of SAUVEREIGN is made by craftsmen who possess exceptional know-how passed down through generations. Under the audacious vision and creative direction of Bertrand Mak, the skills of these craftsmen are constantly tested and applied to innovative applications unique to the maison. The objects come together by a united effort carried out across the globe. This effort ensures only the best materials and masters are harnessed – a testament to Bertrand Mak’s uncompromising approach and dedication to superlative quality. From England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, and beyond, the continents that touch the story of SAUVEREIGN are far-reaching.
Never without the weave of 24-carat gold leaf, the fusion of mastery and materials is one to behold. Laborious time-honoured processes often immobilise artisans for days, even weeks – the handcraft wizardry in which these passionate artisans bring to life is truly extraordinary. A progressive hand-polished movement engineered and crafted by master watchmakers in Switzerland is one such example of SAUVEREIGN’s collision of craftsmanship and creativity.
The synthesis of virtuosity, innovation and the finest materials distils a modern artistic language emblematic of the maison – resulting in unprecedented inimitable works of art.
The spirit of SAUVEREIGN is encapsulated in the guiding ethos, “Creating Legends”, built upon a threefold pledge: the first, reimagine time-honoured techniques in a supremely elegant, contemporary manner to create new masterpieces once deemed impossible; second, the preservation of fading, historic craft of the maison’s artisans – creative legends – alive through the continual cultivation of the growing SAUVEREIGN community; and the last, inspire the world to embrace a personal narrative that values individual expressions, ingenuity and empowerment, and in so doing, writing legendary legacies of their own.