I hope you enjoyed your holidays and that you're reseted up and ready to take on the new year!
The artisans at our factory had a good rest and are now back to work making all the beautiful shoes, boots, sneakers, and bags for the November campaign.
As I told you in my last post, we received some amazing leather from our partner tannery in Argentina. We start by unrolling each hide and identify any flaws, scratches, thin spots, or other imperfections on the leather. After any problem areas have been found and discarded, our leather workers start marking and cutting the leather by hand.
This is always the first, and one of the most important steps to making any leather goods.
It's more labor and time intensive but we believe that cutting leather by hand results in a better looking shoe with more character. It also allows our artisans to maintain a higher level of detail as they're personally doing the work on each piece of leather, rather than leaving it all to a machine. It means that each shoe is unique; no two shoes are exactly alike.
This goes for broguing as well, a very difficult and time-honored process that only our most experienced artisans can do:
(They make it look easy!)
As soon as you get your shoe or bag, I'm sure you'll quickly see and appreciate the difference made by an experienced hand.
After the cutting process is complete, we'll then move on to stitching and lasting the uppers. I'll be sure to let you know when we've started and show you how it's done.
As always, please leave a comment below if you have anything to say, we're always happy to hear your feedback!