Manu Campa x Café Leather
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Café Leather by Manu Campa

PIONEERS: Manu Campa and Café Leather have partnered up to pay tribute to great pioneers of the motor world. Through five paintings, we’ve represented five moments in the motor history that opened the way to others in the automotive sector. Five curious and unknown stories for most people, which have been represented on canvases by the artist Manu Campa who has combined his traditional painting, with our leather. The five paintings have been the basis of the collaboration, that Café Leather has developed, among other products, our first textile collection.

Collaboration

Café Leather and Manu Campa decided to come together to pay tribute to the motor history.

Manu Campa t-shirt

Clothing & more

The textile collection has been made through a capsule in which it has combined; the best organic cotton, small leather details and Manu Campa designs.

Premium raw materials

For this collaboration we’ve used  the best sustainable and environmentally friendly raw materials. 100% organic cotton and our premium leather.

Cafe Leather artisans

The collection

  • Print “CHOOSE TO REUSE”

  • Print “HOT ROD”

  • Print “PEGASO”

  • Print “THE BEAST”

  • T-Shirt “CHOOSE TO REUSE”: Manu Campa x Café Leather - NAVY

  • T-Shirt “HOT ROD”: Manu Campa x Café Leather - ECRU

  • T-Shirt “PEGASO”: Manu Campa x Café Leather - ECRU

  • T-Shirt “TAKE RISKS”: Manu Campa x Café Leather - NAVY

  • Leather Cap Burgundy “PEGASO” - BURGUNDY

  • Leather Key Chain - CAFE LEATHER X MANU CAMPA

  • Driving Gloves “Triton” 53 by Manu Campa - CAFÉ LEATHER X MANU CAMPA

MANU CAMPA

AUTOMOTIVE ARTIST

about

My name is Manu Campa, I am 36 years old and I am a painter. Since I was a kid, I’ve been tied to art and I’ve always been clear that I’d end up getting into it. I am inspired by my own experiences and everything that motivates me: Madrid, animals, the world of cycling… but above all, in the motor world. Figurative realism represents my way of working very well, as I support myself a lot in photography, being another of my passions. What I like most about my work is knowing that it’s not ephemeral, that’s why I decided to flirt with a brand as authentic as Café Leather in this project.

Manu Campa is a Madrid artist specializing in works framed within figurative realism. He studied Fine Arts in Aranjuez and his specialization has been derived to different genres. Among others: animals, bicycles, your beloved Madrid and the motor world. Campa is an authentic artist inspires through everyday life and their own experiences. The artist, with great success the market international motor-linked, is a collector of classic bicycles and passionate about the four wheels. His passion for the engine takes him to unusual limits in our country: he has just changed his 1953 Volkswagen Beetle for a 1931 Ford A, a real gem. His studio is a sanctuary for car lovers.

The Stories

Hot Rod

It’s a vehicle term that became common to Southern California in the 1930s and 1940s, and Manu Campa’s vehicle. It refers to vehicles from the beginning of the 20th century that had been modified in order to improve their performance and appearance to compete in acceleration races. The first Hot Rods were Ford, of the A, B and T models, which were fitted with 5000CC engines, V8 engines, more resistant suspensions, and oversized wheels. After WWII, abandoned military airports became race circuits for the Hot Rods.

Ford A Hor Rod

The Beast

The Fiat S76, known as the Fiat 300 HP Record and named the ‘Beast of Turin’, was a vehicle created in 1910 by the Italian company Fiat, with the aim of breaking the speed record, which in those years was held by Blitzen Benz. It had an engine of 28000 CC and a power of 290 hp. Only 2 units of this vehicle were built.

Pegaso

The Spanish brand Pegaso presented its Z 102 Cúpula model for the first time at the New York International Auto Show in 1953. This sports car was used as an advertising claim, to demonstrate internationally the technological power of Spain, after the civil war lived in the country. They came to produce 86 units in all variants of its body, but only one model of Cúpula came into existence, which belonged to Rafael Trujillo, president of the Dominican Republic.

Jean Claude Rude

Take Risks

The professional cyclist Jean-Claude Rude set out to break the speed record by bicycle, with the help of the pilot Henri Pescarolo and a Porsche 935 Turbo adapted from the Martini team. He had to overcome Dr. Allan Abbott, who got 223 km/h in 1973. After all the required preparation, in 1978 Jean-Claude tried, unsuccessfully, because he lost control of his bicycle and slid for hundreds of meters along the raceway edge until he lost speed.

Choose to Reuse

During WWII, German pilots got rid of the extra gas tanks, to make the flight lighter. These tanks made of high-quality aluminum ended up being reused for their aerodynamic shape. Bill Burke, a Californian who had competed since 1937 in the dry lake races (Mojave Desert, California) had the ingenuity to create the first Belly Tank with these tanks and parts of the first Hot Rods (Ford A and Ford T). His first vehicle reached 210 km/h and was the predecessor of this ‘movement’

The Event

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