1. Where do the hides come from used to make your bags?
All hides are either cow or bison hide and are purchased from a handful of trusted and knowledgeable American tanneries. I only purchase hides that are a byproduct of the meat industry. No animals were harvested solely for their hides. I do not work with exotic hides.
2. Do you do custom work?
Currently, I am not taking on any custom work.
3. How come I can’t order the same bag that my friend/sister/cousin bought from you?
You may be able to purchase a similar one but I create bags weekly with what leathers I have in stock and also by what is currently inspiring me. I do not purchase bulk quantities of hides, I hand-select a few at a time. This keeps me fresh and inspired as an artist and also allows you to own a truly unique piece.
4. Do you have employees?
No. I am a one woman leather show. I currently do everything.......designing, drafting patterns, cutting, sewing, branding, tagging, shipping & sweeping the studio floor. Employees are a fun & necessary part of business growth & while my sweet T Bird continues to grow, employee(s) are not in the plan......yet.
I do work with a few very talented subcontractors..........photographers, web designers and tech ninjas.
5. How long does it take you to make a bag?
It depends on the bag. Usually, the more time spent on a bag, the higher the sale price. Time is money and also a nonrenewable resource.
6. How come you don’t have a set “line” of items like all of the big clothing and bag manufacturers?
If you follow me long enough, you’ll start to see that I will reuse a pattern many, many times but in all sorts of different leathers and with added variations. My goal is to create fresh, one-of-a-kind items so that you truly own something original that no one else has. Part functional handbag/part original art.
7. How come you don’t line your bags?
I truly love the suede side of leather and believe it is part of the experience of owning a leather piece. Both sides are beautiful. I choose leathers with low or no nap so that you won’t get leather “lint” all over the interior of your bag. Occasionally, I will line a bag that is constructed with a thinner and/or softer leather for extra durability and structure.