For us, it all starts with the materials. We've sought out very special building blocks for the things we make. We strive for the perfect balance between quality and sustainability.
We currently use leather from only one single manufacturer. It is bark tanned, tested and certified to be free of harmful substances (certificate). Controlled and certified as 100% organic (certificate) the cowhide leather is produced by a small 140 year old Swedish tannery. The raw material is exclusively locally sourced and comes from just 3 farms in the region.
Manufacturer: Tarnsjo Garveri AB.
Address: Garverivagen 6, Tarnsjo 74045, Sweden.
All our metal fittings are uncoated hand finished stainless steel. The raw material we use is approximately 2 - 3 times more expensive than the most premium bag component currently on the market, it is worth it because it offers 2 distinctive benefits. Firstly, because of the high quality base material it does not need to be coated in a precious metal. And because it is not coated or lacquered, there is no layer to wear off - something that often happens with standard fittings, revealing a different color layer underneath. For these reasons these fittings will literally last forever. Plating and lacquering is a highly toxic process, so by avoiding it we are lessening our environmental footprint significantly.
Article: Custom made
Manufacturer: Kin Lik Metal
Address: 1606, Cheung Fung Ind. Bldg., 23-39 Pak Tin Pa Street, Tsuen Wan, N.T. Hong Kong.
We use one of the only textiles in the world that has received a Cradle-to-Cradle standard.
Article: Cycle 245
Manufacturer: Lauffenmuehle GmbH
Address: Kadelburgerstrase 11/D - 79787 Lauchringen, Germany.
Most leathergoods are made with a neoprene contact adhesive. It is a highly toxic solvent based glue that needs specialist equipment to protect the makers lungs. Our solution is a sustainable water based adhesive that is significantly less harmful to the makers and the environment.
Manufacturer: Henkel Group
Address: Henkelstrasse, 67, Dusseldorf 40589, Germany
Mara rPET is a sewing thread produced by Guetermann in Germany, made of 100% recycled polyester. The raw material for this thread is mostly provided by recycling beverage bottles. The collected bottles are washed in different stages, shredded into flakes and melted. The microfilaments obtained are the basis for the Mara rPET thread range.
Article: Mara rPET 30, 50
Manufacturer: Guetermann GmbH
Address: Landstrase 1, 79261 Gutach-Breisgau, Germany
The zip is a critical component of a bag in terms of quality. It is often the part of the bag which breaks first. We use the flagship zipper model manufactured by the Japanese company YKK.
Address: 154 Commercial Street, London E1 6NU, UK
A good quality leather bag uses a number of different supplementary materials in its construction, that are hidden to the eye. This is how bases are stiffened and stitching is reinforced. We use natural and recycled reinforcements as much as possible. We are working on documenting this and further details will appear here soon.