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“Quality is a combination of passion and science. Our Bobby pieces are innovatively created using 100% leather, working with skilled artisans to produce the highest quality possible. We work hard and obsess over the detail, so you can feel good in your own skin.” - Founder, Emma Rosenhain

DESIGNED AND MADE TO LAST

 

Our signature Bobby pieces are uniquely designed and hand-crafted, so you won't find another bag like Bobby on earth. 

Each Bobby piece is sketched and designed in Melbourne, and then expertly hand-crafted from leather, celebrating the time honoured skills of ancient artisans. To create a single Bobby masterpiece, it requires a skilled and passionate team of cutters, painters, designers, sewers, and quality control officers. 

 The Bobby leather production process can take as long as 6 months to perfect, while our precise specifications are met to the letter. 

 Our unmistakable Bobby red and rich black hues are achieved by artisans in the tannery, who develop and dye the leather according to our unique designs. Only the highest quality, grade-A leather is then hand-cut, stitched and lovingly transformed into an exclusive Bobby leather piece.  

 Our distinctive Bobby hardware is also custom created by our artisans. Each piece of hardware is hand polished, vacuum plated and sealed to ensure a smooth, sturdy and refined finish, free of imperfections and chip & fade proof. 

 This process is a labour of love and a symbol of our commitment to slow fashion, ensuring your Bobby leather piece is timeless and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. 

 
 

OUR ETHICAL PHILOSOPHY

At Bobby, we are dedicated to ethical practices and we have worked hard to ensure our factory meets the highest safety and human rights standards. 

 Our Bobby workshop has been hand-picked to ensure safe, fair, legal and humane working conditions for all of our artisans. 

 We source only the highest-quality, waste-free leather available to minimise our ecological impact as much as possible. 

 
 

OUR ETHICAL PRACTICE.

Freely chosen employment.
Appropriate living wages and benefits.
Appropriate working hours.
Anti-discrimination.
Workers Committee.

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.

Discrimination.

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.

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THE TANNERY.

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.

Using vegetable dyes (rather than various toxic substances, including chromium, cyanide, mineral salts and formaldehyde) to tan animal leather improves upon just one stage of a heavily polluting process, but it’s a step in the right direction towards more eco-aware manufacturing.
— Julia Hobbs, Vogue, How to Shop Leather Responsibly
 
 

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.

We are celebrating the traditional skills of ancient artisans.

STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS

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.

 
 
 

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