Origin of SYRINX

SYRINX began as a leather speaker.

SYRINX is another name for the reed flute (pan flute) held by Pan, the Greek god of sheep, and is said to be one of the oldest musical instruments in the world.

One day, Pan, the sheep goddess, happened to see the beautiful fairy Shrinks and fell madly in love with her. Unable to accept the half-animal god's feelings, Shrinks had his form transformed into a reed that grows by the riverside in order to escape. Pan cut the reeds, made a flute, and played it to comfort himself.
パンフルート Photo : ©︎Kazuhiro Shiozawa,
2020Instrument made by : Radu Nechifor (collection of Fumiko Sakuraoka)

Optima, with its origins dating back 500 years

The SYRINX logo uses the elegant and graceful font "Optima.

And Optima is a font with a curious connection to leather.

Optima is the masterpiece of German typeface designer Hermann Zupp (1918- ). While traveling in Florence in 1950, he stopped by the Basilica di Santa Croce and was struck by an inscription on a 15th-century tombstone, which he drew on a 1000 lire bill he had on hand.

Based on that sketch, the 500-year-old design was given a new life and reborn as Optima.

Optima Inscription on a tombstone in the church of Santa Croce, Florence

Connecting Sound and Leather

Florence is a city of artistic leather production and a sacred place for leather craftsmen.
And the Church of Santa Croce, which Mr. Tsup visited, has a particularly strong connection with leather. The church houses the Scuola del Cuoio, a famous leather school that attracts students from all over the world, and the Santa Croce church district has developed into a leather goods artisan district.

Then, about 40 km down the Arno River from the church, you will reach the town of Santa Croce, which bears the same name. This is the birthplace of vegetable tanning and one of the largest tanneries in Europe, with more than 250 tanneries producing the most famous Italian leather.

In search of a soft and heavy leather for sound, we came across vacchetta leather tanned in Santa Croce, and that's how SYRINX was born. Today, most of our products are still made from Santa Croce tanned leather.

We adopted Optima because of its beautiful proportions, but closer examination reveals a series of mysterious, almost mystical, connections that give the impression of fateful fate.

SYRINX connects sound and leather.