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FAQs

Are your satchels lined with any other type of leather?

No, they are not. The types of leather we use to make our satchels are: butt leather and antique distressed leather. Both types of leather are strong and durable. We do not skive them to make them thiner. We love the fact that their properties are perfect to make satchels, i.e. strength, keeping the shape of the bag; the butt leather can be wiped with a damp cloth to eliminate dirt. The distressed leather has unique brown shade underneath which gives the satchel additional beauty when you open it.

Do you make everything to order?

Yes, we do. All of our products are made to order. We allow two weeks to make one of our bags/accessories. There are occassions, i.e. Christmas, Valentines Day, when we offer some of our accessories in Ready Made section. During busy times we announce that waiting time can extend over two weeks (the inormation will appear on our front page).

What is Butt Leather?

What is Butt Leather?

Cowhide can be different, even if from the same cow.

The hide is thickest along the length of the animal’s back, getting thinner towards the belly. This hide over the back is called butt leather, and, at its best, will be thick and strong.

Once we get to the belly portion of a hide, the leather will be much thinner and prone to wrinkling. It won’t be nearly as strong as butt leather, and will be quite easy to stretch.

There are other variations across a hide. Neck leather, for example, will be thinner than butt leather. Shoulder leather is often as strong and thick as butt leather, but tends to be wrinkly and less attractive.

Tanning

Humans have been tanning leather for approximately 2500 years. At the beginning it was a very smelly and rather filthy business. Tanneries were kept outside the main towns due to the smell and toxins.

Today, there are two main techniques of tanning: chrome and vegetable tanning.

In generall a hide will first be soaked in salt or brine. Next, the alkaline lime treatment will loosen the hair for easy removal. Machines will not always remove all the hair, so people often have to manually remove the remains using a knife.

Then the hide will be assessed.

The outer side is the called the grain side, the inner the flesh side. Tanners will naturally want a nice-looking finished product on the outside, so they will be searching for flaws. They may even use a buffer to remove any they find, but this will remove some of the top layer of skin.

The term full-grain leather means none of the top layer has been buffed off.

Vegetable tanning takes a lot longer, but the end result is usually a heavier, stronger and more water-resistant leather. It wears well and tends to be better at holding its shape.

So "Why Leather?". Because it is a durable, natural and a beautiful material. Very often getting better and looking better with the age.

5 top methods to recognise quality leather

How to recognise quality leather handbag?

5 top methods to recognise quality leather

1. Smell the leather; if it is a quality leather it will not smell of plastic.

2. Feel the leather: it should be smooth and soft. It should flex naturally.

3. Look underneath the flap of the bag (if possible) or at the reverse side, and check if you can see the fibre structure. If you can't, it could be fake leather.

4. Examine that you can see the natural grain in the leather of your handbag.

5. Double check if the grain is dense. If the grain is loose, the leather will be less durable.