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I'm Eric Sands and as Atelier Lusso I make finely crafted fountain pens, one at a time, in my studio (or Atelier) in Lake Arrowhead, California. Using the highest quality vintage and modern resins and celluloids matched to custom fabricated trim in bronze, Nickel Silver, solid Sterling, and now Titanium and Damascus Steel, Atelier Lusso pens have a reputation for design and craftsmanship. Since I specialize in bespoke, custom made items, you can have a pen tailored to your exacting requirements. Select from a number of options and get your special item started by clicking on the Menu button below.
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Quality Design, Quality Materials
Whether its a rare vintage celluloid or a modern marvel, I work with the best materials available so that your pen will be beautiful and durable for decades to come. (The image shows two Carina Ragazzone in Abalone with Blueberry trim and Mother of Pearl with Coconut trim. Photo: Robert Miano)
About Atelier Lusso
The Origin Of the Name
People ask me about the meaning of my company name, Atelier Lusso… Its simple but requires a bit of an explanation. The first part is easy, Atelier is a French word that means a home studio, like an artists loft. I do all my work out of a studio attached to my home in the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California. The second part is Lusso and is an Italian word that means luxury. I feel that having a hand crafted, bespoke fountain pen is a genuine luxury, and one that many fountain pen lovers aspire to, but the word also has a special meaning just to me.
When I was an impressionable 16 years old, my father took me to look at, and drive, a 1964 Ferrari 250 Lusso Coupe. The car was only 4 years old at that point and was available at a very reasonable price. Seeing and riding in that car changed my life. I had inherited my father's love of cars, but when I saw this car I realized that it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, and riding it, with that amazing V12 engine singing through all those carburetors, provided a near religious experience. To this day the Lusso Coupe is my lifelong ideal of both great design and engineering working together, and this is why I chose to name my Atelier after it.
I hope you will appreciate the passion that I put into my pens, the same passion that nearly overwhelmed me as a teenager experiencing this ideal of industrial art and design.
As an epilogue to the story, my father didn't buy that Ferrari, even though I prayed that he would, as he found his ideal car that day as well. Sitting in the showroom was a light metallic blue Ferrari Superfast with a white leather interior. That was the car he fell in love with, but unfortunately, couldn't afford.
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