Sourcing The Material
At the beginning of the season, we arrange a trip to visit tanneries across country, Once the material is selected, we start thinking about the tanning process, whether it will be chrome or veg tanned. Decisions are made regarding hand feel, and whether to add oils or waxes. Working with colour shadings are confirmed and the thickness of the bases are set and shaved to the correct weight.
GETTING IT TO THE FACTORY
A leather jacket through its manufacturing stage can pass through the hands of least 20 craftsmen before its completion. Once the leather arrives at the factory the process can begin
THE CUTTING DEPARTMENT
The skins will arrive in the cutting department where the quality is checked and the final skin assortment for the jacket is made.
The assorted leathers are bundled into skins of similar quality/colours and thickness
THE STITCHING PROCESS
The cutter makes a ‘pattern lay.’ Each cutter can cut approximately 15–20 garments per day depending on the complexity of the style. From the cutting stage, this will then move onto the sewing department.
The stitching process takes place in pairs; one worker will fold, glue, hammer and prepare the skins for the sewing process while the other will stitch the panels together.
The garment is then handed back to the first worker to be folded, glued and hammered again and the process is repeated until the garment sewing is complete.
THE TUMBLING STAGE
Once the sewing is completed the jacket is about one size larger than required. At this stage, the Jacket is washed in drums and lightly tumbled giving the garment a matte finish. The tumbling achieves natural burnishing and areas of highs and lows at the seams.
THE FINISHED PRODUCT
And VOILÀ! Jackets are delivered to the stores and on your back!