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A Few of Gustavo Godoy’s Favorite Things

The Gustavo Godoy Leatherworks owner and craftsman developed a fascination with leather as a child in Brazil.
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"Besides being a gem of a person," KUFRI Textiles founder Mili Suleman says of Gustavo Godoy, "he is detail-oriented and so skilled with leather craft. His rugs are beautiful—he'll make your designs come to life. I love his energy and his enthusiasm to innovate where a creative solution is needed." Elizabeth Lavin

Gustavo Godoy developed a fascination with leather as a young boy in Brazil, where he would visit his uncle’s tannery. His self-described obsession took him to schools in Paris, Madrid, London, and New York to study the craft of leatherworking. While representing a Brazilian tannery that was expanding into the country-western market, Godoy’s work brought him to Dallas, where he found a welcoming community with an appreciation for fine leather. So in 2013, he opened his own shop, Gustavo Godoy Leatherworks, where he now leads a team of artisans creating intricately patterned hair-on-hide and leather rugs, pillows, and other home goods—all impeccably handcrafted in his Design District studio. Because his work, a mix of residential and commercial, is so detailed and time-consuming—rugs can take four to six weeks, while complex wall coverings can take up to a year—his atelier concentrates on “a few very special projects for a few special clients” at a time. For Godoy, the evolutionary nature of his art is reward in itself.

Favorite local place to get inspiration: A walk along Turtle Creek

Place not enough people know about but should: My first year abroad was spent as an exchange student in Mexico, so when I find a good Mexican restaurant, I stick to it. I have been going to Taquero since they started. Their menu is very refined.    

Home item you can’t resist: Beautiful pottery, vintage or new

A home can never have too many: Candles

Favorite book: Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis

Favorite art or coffee table book: Oscar Niemeyer Houses

“Taking a natural material and transforming it into something that someone will live with and cherish for years gives me a great sense of accomplishment,” he says.

Favorite item you purchased in the last year: My Regad fileteuse electric creaser machine, bought at Mando in Paris

Instant mood booster: Protein shake, cold shower, and loud music

What you collect: Don’t see it as a collection, but I tend to acquire a lot of shoes 

One thing everyone should have in their closet: A white shirt

Fashion piece you can’t live without: A handmade belt

Favorite designer: Ralph Lauren

Favorite apothecary item: Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash by Kiehl’s

Signature scent: Le Labo Oud 27

You are hosting a dinner party. What are you cooking? For sure, a mean flan

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Five favorite things in your home:

  1. In my new studio loft, I broke the bank for my kitchen by Brazilian brand Ornare—their craftsmanship is superb and Olavo Faria, the owner, is the best.
  2. Jangada chair by Jean Gillon. It’s a Brazilian midcentury-modern classic. 
  3. Jura coffee maker. Try the coffee made by a Jura and tell me your thoughts after.
  4. Sonos speakers—I love simplicity and versatility.  
  5. My storage bed, in the works by Carlos Guerrero. This furniture maker and finisher is a genius, a neighbor, and a good friend. He’s always there when I need to borrow some sandpaper. 

Go-to bottle of wine: I love surprises so Conundrum White, as they don’t exactly reveal the grape’s variety. The wine is produced by the Wagner family, maker of the acclaimed Caymus. 

Guilty pleasure: I’m a dulce de leche connoisseur. My favorite one is made by my mom’s neighbor at her ranch and is cooked slowly on a low fire. The end result is a creamy texture and not overly sweet.

Favorite singer: Maria Bethania

Favorite movie: Love in the Time of Cholera

Best gift you’ve received: My dad’s writing instruments collection

Best advice you’ve received: Dad always said to be humble, so I listen to him.


Jessica Otte

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