We use only the highest quality natural materials in the production of our handmade leather items. Each carefully selected for its quality and authenticity.
All of our handmade leather wallets, purses, card holders, belts and accessories are produced from locally sourced full-grain vegetable tanned leather made from animals that have been allowed to have a life. For this reason our items sometimes exhibits small scars and other markings from the animal's life, perfect imperfections that form part of the story.
Full-grain leather is the highest grade leather available and contains dense leather fibres. It is made from the outer part of the animal’s hide, the strongest part that protects it from things like barbed wire fences and other animals.
Tanning is the process of turning animal hides into leather. Around 90% of leather produced today is chrome tanned, a process that involves using a solution of chemicals, acids and salts to tan hides. Chrome tanning is a very quick process, taking about a day to produce a piece of tanned leather and is very bad for the environment.
Vegetable tanning is an environmentally friendly, traditional craft process that tanneries have handed down through generations. Vegetable tanning occurs slowly in wooden drums using natural tannins from materials such as tree bark, wood, leaves, fruits and roots, each giving the leather unique characteristics.
The majority of leather goods produced today are stitched with synthetic thread, this will not age with the leather and can often cause tears in the stitching holes. We use traditional linen thread that has been manufactured from natural fibres, linen thread is extremely strong and has been used in leathercraft for hundreds of years complimenting the leather perfectly. We hand wax the thread using natural beeswax to add durability, once sewn the wax will harden and help to stop the thread from fraying.
All of our hardware is sourced from a UK foundry that was first established in 1832 and still practices traditional casting methods. We mainly use brass, copper, stainless steel and nickel in our workshop. The raw brass and copper that we use will age with the item and develop their own patina over time.