Materials and Technique
What leather do you use?
We use an extremely high quality vegetable tanned cowhide from Hermann Oak of St. Louis Missouri.
Why do you use Hermann Oak instead of other vegtan leathers?
Hermann Oak is one of of the few remaining tanneries in the United States. They have been using the same process to tan their hides since 1881. The process is 100% natural and uses a "tea" made of oak tree bark and water. It can take up to 3 months to tan a hide vs a few weeks at other tanneries. This results in a very tight grain. The leather holds its shape more than others on the market and stretches less. It takes oil, softens and patinas far superior to other leathers that may appear similar at purchase.
We care about quality, origin and sustainability.
We also respect that this leather shows a grain unique to each animal/hide.
What are the lines I see in the leather? Is it a defect or damage?
Usually, these lines are grain from fat on the animal or scars from bug bites, barbed wire, etc..
We highlight these marks and hope that everyone appreciates the unique character of the leather as much as we do.
Can I request a piece with minimal grain or markings?
Of course! Contact us here and we'll do our best to find a piece that works for you.
That said, we cannot guarantee that unseen grain will not develop as the leather ages.
Large items like bags normally show some grain due to the amount of leather used.
What products do you use to treat/color the leather? Are chemicals involved?
Beginning with the tanning of the leather, our original pieces are make with 100% natural products. Each piece is is treated with a plant oil/beeswax cream from Skidmore's. This hydrates and protects the leather.
Edges are hand burnished with a natural sticky plant gum called Tragacanth.
All dyes are water based pigments, including the indigo dye that is sourced in Japan.
You do you create your Indigo Tie Dye style?
Is everything really handmade by you guys in Los Angeles?
Absolutely. And when we say handmade, that doesn't mean we design it and then send it to an LA factory to be "handmade" with other people's hands. We design, cut, sew, color, burnish, pack and ship every piece ourselves. No heavy machinery. No sewing machines.