All of our leather is a by product of the food industry. We use vegetable and oiled-tanned leather to avoid harmful chrome-bathed tanned leather as much as possible. Vegetable tanning is the most traditional and natural tanning method of them all. It has been around for centuries and has since then been perfected in every possible way. It is significantly better for the environment compared to chrome tanning. The leather can also be recycled as it is biodegradable. Vegetable tanning uses tannins; which are a substance that naturally occurs in bark. The bark of trees like oak, chestnut, mangrove and many more are used to extract tannins into which hides are immersed for several weeks. This method is costly due to the need of highly skilled craftsmen and the long production time. Oiled tanning follows a similar process but uses oil with tannins to accomplish a water resistant finish.
All of our leathers are biodegradable except for the Croc hide.
90% of our leather is from North American Tanneries with 10% coming from South Korea. The reason why we have selected to only work with these handful of tanneries, is, their compliance with ethical labour practices and environmental laws to insure the least amount of impact.
10% of all proceeds goes towards charities of your choosing at check out.
Our to waste/off cuts are all used inside the bags or are recycled. We use pieces of leather as small as 1” sq. Anything that is smaller, is recycled to make Recyc Leather ™ - This material is used for the interfacing of bags, shoes and garments.
Everything from cut to sew is made in our Vancouver Atelier with a small all female team. We make handbags and leather goods to last a lifetime; which is why we have a lifetime warranty.
Our studio is located in Vancouver's beautiful Chinatown. In our own studio we can ensure the methods and practices are to our standards. We make each handbag and accessory by cutting out the leather, edge coating, punching holes, sewing, setting grommets, rivets and hardware by hand.
We are obsessed with leather. We spend meticulous hours searching for a perfect leather hide. Our leathers must be really hard working for our clientele and provide them with a product that will last decades, beautifying with wear. Once we have found a leather we love, we will ensure the manufacturing of the leather mets are ethical practices.
Our current leather selection:
Oiled tanned leather from Massachusetts:
This hide has several benefits including; its pliable properties, water resistant, easy to remove scuff marks, and requires less upkeep then most leathers.
Black soft pebbled leather:
Full grain tumbled leather; Has a matt finish with no sheen, and buttery soft to the touch. Takes a lot of wear and tear with minimal upkeep.
Embossed cowhide with a croc pattern. This leather is lightweight and durable with a patten style finish.
This adds the finishing touch to every bag. We believe that hardware should have a purpose and work just as hard for you as our leather and designs. We work with a company in Ohio for 98% of the pieces. However, for our custom chain and handles we work with our manufacturer overseas. Although our brand ethos is to work with local manufacturers as much as possible we were not able to do so for every aspect of the handbag.
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