Techniques take years to develop and trade secrets are passed down from generation to generation. In today's era, much of what we buy is mass produced in factories overseas. The art and techniques are lost when a product is mass produced; we believe a product gains its soul in the fabrication process.
Leather products that are sewn by machine are a dime a dozen. While most of the business world seeks to produce things faster, we seek to produce things better. Hand sewing is superior to machine sewing.
Leather sewing machines commonly use the "lock stitch". If just one loop of a lock stitch is broken, the other side will automatically be loosened, often this process of unraveling will continue until the entire product is ruined.
Hand sewing in a time-honored manner will not unravel if one loop is broken. Though slower, hand sewing is superior to machine sewing. It is the best method of stitching two or more pieces of leather together for lasting years of wear and service.
With hand-sewn leather you get a one of a kind, quality product that will stand the test of time. Time-honored methods produce time-honored products, experience the difference!
Burnishing is the process of smoothing (slicking), dying and polishing the edge of leather to produce a fine, glossy edge, generally in a contrasting or complimentary color than the main body. Unburnished edges of cut leather have a sharp unrefined look and have a tendency to fray and look worn faster than a burnished edge.
You may already be more familiar with bentwood than you realize. Wooden canoes, rocking chairs, and many pieces of furniture employ the bentwood technique. Bentwood itself is a well-established method in woodworking but has only recently been applied to creating bentwood rings in a durable and long-lasting way.
In a bentwood ring, the grain is oriented around and around, into several layers, creating a durable ring with no weak spots.
To bend wood, thin strips of wood need to be steamed to just the right temperature, then quickly wrapped around a form and clamped to hold their shape. After the wood has dried into shape, a special glue is used to glue each overlapping layer until the thickness of the ring has been formed. We typically use 5 to 7 layers to create each ring for maximum strength with a thin profile.
The way the grain is oriented along the length of a bentwood ring, the layers upon layers of wood, and the strong adhesive work together to create the toughest wooden ring possible.
A huge part of what makes us different is that we do not compromise on materials. We only use the highest quality raw materials in everything we do. When we first started, we made a choice to not make mediocre products, but to make high-end products from the best materials we could get our hands on.
The Horween Leather Company has set the standard for the highest quality leathers since 1905. They offer a wide range of tannages from vegetable tanned Genuine Shell Cordovan and Chromexcel. All of their leather is processed at their location on the corner of Elston and Ashland in Chicago, Illinois.
Horsehide is an extremely dense, non-porous leather. Until the end of the 1930's horsehide was the leather of choice for products that required extreme durability. One of the more notable properties of horsehide is its natural ability to repel moisture. This is due to the dense cell structure of the hide thus limiting its porosity.
Ritza or "Tiger" thread, is world-renowned for its abrasion resistance. It is the most highly recommend thread among leather craftsmen and professionals, and our personal favorite. Tiger thread is made from braided polyester, and waxed to the perfect amount, meaning no waxy build up on your leather, and a more attractive and full looking stitch. Polyester itself is UV resistant and very strong.
The Tree has been a symbol of life and growth throughout our time; spanning histories, geographies, religions and mythologies. It is a symbol of the interconnectedness of all life, reaching out to the sky with its branches and down into the Earth with its roots. Hardwood has been used in our everyday products from cutting boards to floors to furniture. We source much of our hardwood from local cabinet shops to cut expenses and help reduce industrial waste.
SILVER AND GOLD
Silver and gold have been the industry standard for wedding jewelry for hundreds of years due to their luster and ability to hold its value. We buy our metals from Rio Grade, their silver is 90% recycled and gold 85%, recycled. We believe in creating beautiful jewelry with as little of a footprint as possible.