Behind the scenes

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Founder, Paula individually crafts each of her designs by hand, using traditional leather techniques learnt whilst studying for her Diploma and Master of Arts in shoemaking.  

She has worked with leather for years in many different formats taking on projects from everyday repairs through to costume making and footwear refurbishments across London’s West end theatres.

Taking inspiration from natures colour palette Paula likes to blend and clash colours throughout her designs (see her ready-made colour combos for inspiration). One of the things she was most passionate about when starting her business was that you, the customer, should get to choose the colours that make up your bag.

I make all items to order; this means there is a lead time for all products. The smaller items can usually be made and sent out quickly. Larger items can take between 2 and 6 weeks depending on orders. Please mention in the comments box of your purchase if you need this item for a specific date and I will do my best to oblige.

Choosing to hand stitch instead of sewing machines uses craftmanship that is centuries old and is known as a saddle stitch method. Unlike using a sewing machine you have a stitch that is crafted to last from one length of thread and two needles, instead of two threads that intercept each other but will quickly unravel if snagged or broken. Hand stitching is accurate, consistent, decorative, and robust and unlike machine stitching, time consuming. Paula uses high quality waxed polyester braided thread which offers strength that is second to none. She uses her trademark cream stitching but can offer a selection of colours.

 Each item’s functionality is further tested for at least one year so that customers can be confident in their choices; and by using the highest quality British and Italian vegetable-tanned leather for all her designs Paula ensures quality that will age beautifully with use.

A fully customised service is also available, allowing customers to choose their favourite colours to design bespoke bags or leather accessories – what a great gift idea for yourself or a loved one.

YKK Zips

I currently use Hainsworth Merino wool in only one of my bags, ‘The Bakewell’, although more will follow. Hainsworth is a premium woollen textiles manufacturer In West Yorkshire, England that was established in 1783 and has been weaving textiles into our history ever since. Supplying Royal Warrant holding textiles for apparel, Military and Interiors.

 

Fastenings and Fixtures

I source my fastenings and fixtures from several companies as they each provide something unique. I trust my suppliers implicitly and if you should ever have an issue with any fastening I will replace it free of charge.