As a vertically integrated company we design, cut, sew, and package all our products by hand in our tiny San Francisco studio. We are able to control each step of the manufacturing process, ensuring our brand is as ethical and sustainable as possible. Below are images of the steps involved to create our British Tan Backpack.
Our process starts with design. Product concepts are broken down into flat patterns that once sewn together make up our British Tan Backpack. Patterns take many iterations to perfect and are always evolving to make the product more durable and beautiful.
Once we decide which product we will be making - in this case our British Tan Backpack - we select the pattern slopers from our collection and lay them on the leather. Since our leather is a byproduct of the meat industry the hides often have stretch marks and other natural scratches as a result of the cow’s lifestyle. When laying out our pattern pieces we make sure to avoid these blemishes or highlight them depending on the texture of the leather.
After our leather pieces are cut they are edge dyed and stamped. In this stage button studs are added to the strap keepers, holes are punched on the top of the bag, and keyholes are stamped create adjustable straps. Edge paint is also applied to high abrasion areas giving the leather’s crisp clean edges extra support and strength.
Once all the preparatory steps are competed the sewing can begin! Sewing is done in over 15 steps from stitching of the backpack straps, to creating the body of the backpack itself. Once the backpack is completely sewn together the exterior edges are burnished and the leather body is given one last polish before shipping out.