Our bags are made to last decades if not a lifetime, if properly taken care of.
We use one piece of full-grain cow leather or sheep leather (i.e. one hide) for each bag, ensuring fewer seams and improved durability. Every hide is unique and has tonal variations. Small marks or scars are natural features and should not be considered faults. We believe they are the living embodiment of the Wabi Sabi aesthetic philosophy (i.e. ‘the art of the imperfect”), which we cherish.
The leather we use is a by-product of the food industry. It is locally sourced and comes from the finest family-run tanneries in East Java, Indonesia. We partner with like-minded individuals and workshops in Java to ensure the quality and transparency of the tanning process and minimize its environmental and societal impact, namely through the waste management procedures.
We mostly use vegetable tanned leather, which we believe to be the most noble of all leather hides and have recently incorporated minimally proceeded chrome-tanned leather for the lightweight bags. Just like vegetable tanned leather, it also retains the natural characteristics of the original hide.
Tannins used to tan our vegetable-tanned bags are found in the local tree barks and leaves. The tanning process involves stretching the selected hides on frames and immersing them in barrels of increasing concentrations of natural tannins, until the leather becomes flexible and waterproof. As a final step the leather is tumbled with oils and dye.
Minimally processed and finished, the leather we use in our bags remains highly receptive and in constant dialogue with the context surrounding it. As the bag ages, so does the leather, darkening and developing a unique patina. With time, each bag’s particular signs and scars will be a collection of souvenirs, which we believe will make it grow closer to its owner’s journey.
Besides the leather, every other element of our bags (I.e. the hardware, lining and packaging) is hand-made, traceable and, to the maximum extent possible, ethically sourced. They come from a number of workshops, small enterprises and cooperatives based mainly in Bali and Java, but also in other places in Asia (e.g. Cambodia) and soon in East and West Africa.
Last but not least, we are strongly committed to continue researching the vegan option for our bags and to launch a vegan line, free from scary materials like PVC or polyurethane.