PRODUCTION & LEAD-TIMES
All leather and wood objects are hand-made, one at a time, in our Brooklyn studio. We absolutely hate to waste, and do our utmost to utilize the fullest yield without sacrificing quality. To this end, we purchase full hides from our tanneries, carefully inspect each for weakness, markings, and discolouration, and lay out patterns accordingly. Each piece is hand-cut.
Machine stitches are used primarily on straps and flats, where we wish to maintain a light line-weight at the seam. All exposed outer stitches are saddle-stitched by hand.
We try to keep one or two of each item in stock, but in the event that we've sold out, the standard lead-time is 10-14 business days, plus shipping. A friendly reminder: handmade objects are labour intensive and require time to achieve a product that will last. If your order is time sensitive, please add a note at the time of your order and we will do what we can to expedite your order.
MATERIALS & FINISHES
Our leathers are expected to age, patina, and soften with use; they are water-resistant. We use Italian and American vegetable-tanned leathers, known for their durability and beautiful texture. These leathers differ from standard apparel/accessories materials in that they are dyed through (not just on the surface) and have an open texture to absorb natural oils, to become more supple with use. All of our leathers are full-grain, retaining the the most prized characteristics of true leather.
Our American Bridle leathers (Sienna and Black) and Horween Chromexcel (Oxblood) are stuffed with waxes and will thus repel water. Items made from these leathers will make it through a good rain without any lasting marks. Scratches will blend out over time, or can be brought to your local cobbler for some care. The Bridle leathers are sourced from the last remaining veg-tannery on the East Coast, custom-split to our specifications. The colouration is very consistent, with a satin finish that will darken slightly over time, but will change very little.
Our Italian Vegetable-tanned leather (all other colours including Natural) will show initial signs of water-marking and oils more, as they are only very lightly oiled. They have a slightly matte, cashmere-like surface when brand new and will begin to take on the characteristics of their ruse right away. Burnish marks, oils, water will accumulate on the surface to develop a rich, silky patina within months of regular use. We generally advise customers to these products freely and allow oils, stains, and scratches to become the natural landscape of the item. We don't recommend spray waterproofing, and you shouldn't have to condition the leather unless you reside in very dry locations.
We used fur sparingly, and are committed to ethical sourcing. We source our baby alpaca furs from a farm that only collect hides from their animals that don't make it through their first winter, due to natural causes. Alpaca fur is far too valuable as a yarn to be bred for their hides, so farmers to do their utmost to care for their animals into adulthood. When the farmers tell us they don't have fur available, we put our fur production on hold until next time.
Our wood and metal objects are very lightly sealed or unsealed, and will generally darken with use. Our textiles are generally 100% natural fibre content, and may be dry-cleaned or spot-cleaned with a mild soap and water. Blot, do not rub.
We will accept our leather goods for mechanical repairs, for up to 5 years from the date of your order. While we will not address alterations to the leather itself (stains, scratches, cuts, etc), we are happy to repair broken stitching, rope handles, and hardware, within reason.