No Two Pieces Are IdenticalOur favourite thing about working with leather is the natural variations that come with each hide. Because we use full-grain and top grain leathers, you can often see natural markings such as scarring, blemishes, branding and stretch marks. Each tells a story that you add to as you use and abuse your piece. Something else to keep in mind is that each hide of leather takes on dyes a little differently. Because of this, there can be slight variations between hides - such is the beauty of working with a natural material. All this means is that your product is completely unique to you.
Wickett & Craig Leather
Founded in 1867, Wickett and Craig are one of two veg-tan tanneries left in the States (Pennsylvania to be exact). The tanning process, called veg-tanning, is a natural, eco-friendly process that creates rich and smooth leathers of superior quality. We use harness leather and english bridle leather, which are hot stuffed with waxes and tallows to ensure durability and colour depth. The whole process takes about 6 weeks, but it’s well worth the wait.
Water Buffalo Leather
The leather we use for our belts and some keychains is a top grain, water buffalo hide. This leather is tanned using the same vegetable tanning process as our wallet leather, however during the tanning process for water buffalo hides, they are not stretched as much as cow hides which increases their strength and makes them more suited to belt leather.
We use an oil-tanned Kodiak hide which is super supple and soft, making it ideal for bags. Kodiak also has a great pull-up to it. This means that as you crease, wrinkle and scratch the leather, it will show. It gives great depth and character to the bag. As all high-quality leathers do, Kodiak will darken and scratch over time, creating a beautiful patina - something which is revered by lovers of leather goods.
Waxed Duck Canvas
There’s a reason that leather and waxed canvas work so well together. The tightly woven cotton canvas is super durable and is also water-repellent thanks to the non-toxic wax treatment. It’s thick, it's strong and it also patinas - a bit like leather. As you use and abuse your product, you’ll see wear points darken and start to get a little shiny. A badge of honour after putting in the time with your Goods.
We use solid brass hardware as much as possible in our line-up. There are some pieces that we cannot source in brass (keyrings for example), but they are few and far between. Solid brass runs significantly more expensive than other common metal hardware and is difficult to find. However, it’s well worth it as it lasts a lifetime and ages beautifully.
By using top quality leathers and materials, the Goods you receive are ready to go, without needing any care. You may find after a few years that your piece could use a little attention. We recommend Smith's Leather Balm to restore, protect and give new life to your leather goods.