Our leather is created by hand, using a 200 year old process, producing a durable and subtle leather that locks in colour and inhibits mould growth. A natural material that will endure, for time to come. Our hardware is uniquely designed so you won't find another bag like it on earth.
We keep our branding minimal, because life should be about creating more space in your day, not filling it. Focus on the design you love, not the judgement or outcome.
WHY WE CHOOSE LEATHER.
We use leather because it is recognised as one of the world’s most durable and long-lasting materials. We have a fundamental goal to produce long lasting, slow fashion pieces. Encouraging the world to purchase high quality, timeless pieces that never date, with materials that surpass the length of time.
We source our leather in India and the leather is strictly a byproduct of the meat industry. No animal is harmed for the sole purpose of creating leather.
We understand that wearing leather is not for everyone, we encourage all people to do their own research and purchase their armour according to their own beliefs and frameworks.
OUR ETHICAL PRACTICE.
We Ensure Each Artisan/Worker has:
Freely chosen their employment.
We have 11 male artisans, and 17 female artisans in our factory.
Our factory has a published human rights statement, which is visible on the artisan making floor.
All our artisans receive an employee handbook and information after their management interview, before they commence working.
Appropriate living wages and benefits.
Appropriate working hours (10am to 6pm - free from night time production).
Operate in a workplace free from harsh or inhumane treatment.
Our workers have a ‘workers committee’ and a designated person responsible for implementing standards concerning human rights.
Ethical Policies & Approvals:
SMETA approved (SMETA is an ethical audit format that reports on four pillars of labour, health and safety, environment and business ethics).
ETI base code and local law approved (ETI is an internationally recognised set of labour standards around the world).
Our factory has established policies and written procedures which ensure the site is met with freedom of association, discrimination, harassment, child labour prohibition and general human rights standards.
All managers on the artisan floor have received intricate training on these policies.
Strictly no child labour, forced labour, trafficked labour or bonded labour.
Work in SMETA approved safe and hygienic conditions, all accidents are recorded and risk assessments are conducted.
The factory has a structural engineer evaluation, and we meet land rights licenses and permissions.
OUR PRODUCTION PROCESS.
Your unique piece of armour touches the hands of an intimate, highly skilled team to ensure the perfect cutting, painting, sewing, logo embossing, and packaging takes place.
Creating the armour we know and love.
Our leather is designed, created and developed according to our own design specifications.
The leather production process can take as long as 4-6 months, as we communicate our unique specifications to the tannery and they redevelop and make changes, until the perfect a-grade leather and finishing is perfected, ready to be cut and hand stitched into a piece of armour.
The actual leather development time in the tannery takes 10-15 days.
The leather embryo is purchased, the leather embryo is dipped into a chemical pool for depilation, the leather is cut into different thickness, the leather is coloured (process done in oversized barrels), and dried out.
THE HARDWARE PROCESS.
Our artisans polish the embryo of the hardware to create a smooth finish, the hardware piece is then vacuum plated to eliminate any air, dust or hair, ensuring that the hardware is free from any imperfections. The hardware is then sealed with oil so it does not chip or fade.
The total hardware process takes approximately 2-3 weeks.
CREATING A HANDBAG
Our armour is designed and sketched in Melbourne, then uniquely specced up to communicate and work with artisans at our factory. The artisans process of hand-crafting our armour requires a skilled team of cutters, painters, designers, sewers, and quality control.
Artisans in the tannery develop and dye the leather according to the design. Artisans create bespoke and customer hardware according to the design. The cutter hand cuts each piece with a scalpel and specialised tools, and adds the interlining material. The painter hand inks the edges with a specialised paint brush, first painting the edges, then polishing, and inking. This process is repeated a number of times to ensure a polished and perfected finish - taking many hours in between for the paint to dry. The sewer will then stitch each leather piece together, and hand stitch the internal pocket bag with the body of the bag. The quality control manager team then checks every minor detail on the bag to ensure it’s in perfect condition for purchase, if any minor faults are found they are returned to the artisans to make appropriate amendments. Quite often, there is a revision of a number of samples created to revise design and ensure the detail is perfected, ready for market.