Scars, blemishes, irregular dyeing, parallel crease lines, surface white tallow are all natural and a part of the character of this unusual leather.
I made this simple bag as part of a collaboration we are doing with our partners Leather School® and Craft Revolution (where you can make one yourself just like it) and I just love it.
When Caroline came to us with an idea for a bespoke bag so that she could travel in style to Vienna, we jumped at the chance to create something for her.
We were blown away by our experience at the tannery with Andrew, our simplified version of the process is to give you an insight, only the lucky few will know the true wizardry that goes into creating such fantastic leather.
We were thrilled to have been mentioned in a recent article written for the Observer Magazine by Lucy Siegle about the morality and ethics of leather and the implications of a culture that wants more and more cheap leather goods.
The texture and feel of well-used and loved leather is achieved over time. Natural leather starts of a little stiff.
One of our very special leathers is Russia Kip produced at our local tannery in East Devon. The leather is extraordinary, tanned with 3 different tree barks (willow, birch and oak) and, just like the original, dressed with birch oil.