Hand Selected Leather
Each skin is individually selected one by one. I look for color, temper, quality and feel in every skin. Often times I see a skin and know exactly what to make. Then there are the times when the leather tells me what to do, and I will design a brand new piece specifically for that particular hide.
I work one skin at a time and make as many pieces as I can from that hide. Sometimes that means I can only make one bag, and a few small accessories. Once the skin is done, it's over. I move onto the next hide. This makes every piece a limited edition and in some cases a one-of-a-kind that can never be replicated again.
Hand Sewn - One Stitch at a Time
Every bag has a hand sewn element to it. Each stitch is sewn one by one, using waxed cotton or hemp thread. Holes are pre-pricked, and are followed up by a diamond spade awl which penetrates through every layer of leather before criss crossing the needles through the hole. A time consuming yet meditative process.
Hand Finished Edges
The edges of all leather pieces start out rough and unfinished. The process of edge finishing is a multi step process and can take as long as one hour to complete each part of the bag.
This process includes: hand sanding, dying, waxing, buffing and finally polishing every exposed edge of the bag before it is finished.