Life is a process. It leaves scars.
Some of my favorite pieces of leather are the ones with scars. They could come from a branding iron, a barbed wire fence, a bug bite, or a billion other things. In our leather goods we don't always hide those scars, we try to use them. We try to use them because they are beautiful and they represent something that was endured and survived.
Our craftsmen have lived hard lives. They have survived and they have overcome. They have scars, emotional and physical, but those scars represent survival, endurance, and recovery. Their work on your bag is another step in the process of recovery.
Thank you for giving them this opportunity.
Our definition of this word is that from the point that we get the hides, we use no machines. Our hides come "cow shaped". We cut them into the shapes we need using hand tools like scissors and rotary cutters. Then we glue the seams together, sometimes even actually using our fingers to apply the glue. Then we hand punch each hole where a stitch will be. Then we hand sew every single stitch. Then we hand polish the final projects.
Each step is intentional, and that intention is to make a purse or a backpack that will last you a lifetime and look great doing it.