MOTA is a Romanian brand of men’s handmade accessories, born in 2011 in Bucharest
from the love for leather and metal. Its only purpose is to create authentic
pieces of style which reveal the strong man within.


John Mota, is a Romanian born artist who specializes in metal sculpture. Holding a PhD in applied arts and with over twelve years of experience in metal art, John started playing with leather in his own way. He found the resemblance between leather and metal working techniques and decided to apply this to designing handbags with a very manly and sculptural vision. The unique nature of his approach lies in combining these two artistic fields by bringing the powerful influence of metal art into leather craftsmanship. His distinctive creations are true pieces of style featuring custom made metallic details, which may well constitute MOTA’s trademark. In some special cases the future shape of the handbag revolves entirely around its metallic elements …
Among the values that inspire the brand goals, MOTA cares for the originality of  its  design and demands top quality by combining the best leather handpicked from manufacturers with tradition with the custom design hardware made using both time-honored and new techniques. Brass gets cast  into moulds, and after a high precision polish the pieces go through a coating process reaching their final shape. They can be customised according to the future owner’s desire – whether it is 24K gold, silver, nickel or  black nickel. Passion driven and devoted experts team up under a single goal: delivering unique creations that reveal a  personal way of being.

Wearing the MOTA Crown exudes a strong sense of inner confidence that can only demand admiration.


In physics, a force can transform stillness into movement. That means mobility or, why not,  evolution.  According to our vision, force means the 4 C’s that create a man’s style:  the courage to be different, the confidence in your own self, the consistency of the choices you make and the creativity – the ability to shape your own style.

‘The Black philosophy’

We believe in the power of change and for us Black is the perfect playground. Black is a statement for those who dare to adopt a new attitude. It is mysterious, deep, courageous and it has the power to transform. Black can  mean disorder but for us it represents the positive disorder which leads to change and a new life. Black is strong, positive and energetic through its integrity.

John Mota simply loves what he’s doing. He currently lives, dreams and passionately creates in Bucharest.


We appreciate their commitment to the MOTA brand and their long-standing trust:

Camelia Enache
Iulian Bacain
Luoana Virjoghe
Daniel Movileanu
Teona Rusu
Otilia Flonta
Luminita Sandu