From paper and pencil to swatches of leather, the process begins with a sketch.
Skilled craftsmen transform each design into a pattern so the first sample can be made.
Once the design is approved the final pattern is made of each piece needed to construct the product.
Tanneries provide leather hides according to the specified finish and color.
Patterns are arrange and traced on each hide.
Utilizing every section of leather possible, workers are resourceful.
From small to large each section of leather is cut according to the pattern.
Industrial sewing machines begin the transformation process from leather pieces to a beautiful tote or handbag.
Loose ends and flaps are secured using glue or fasteners.
Each interior pocket and detail is constructed independently and then added to the bag.
Corners and sewing are checked to ensure durability.
Excess leather is trimmed from the seam allowance to ensure the proper shape of the bag when turned right side out.
Magnetic snaps, buckles, rivets and findings are added by hand and hammer.
Once turned right side out, the seams of each bag are pressed and pushed into the proper shape of the tote or handbag.
Handmade with dignity from start to finish with 100% Ethiopian leather.