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STEP 8 – TOOL STORAGE - Each bag is then carefully checked and is ready for delivery, and all the tools needed to make a traditional leather satchel are stored away beneath each craftsman’s worktop.

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STEP 6 – STITCH PIPING - Our traditional satchel’s edges are made with piping giving each bag a more finished look.

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STEP 7 – At the same time the two small front buckles, small flap straps and shoulder strap are stitched. For extra strength and durability, each strap is made from double thickness leather. Front flap straps are finished with a classic double cable stitch, using a tough nylon thread for a great vintage appearance.

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STEP 4 JUNIOR MAKER PREPARATION - The hide is then passed to the skilled bag makers, arranged in small teams of four to five. An apprentice can expect to practise his work for several years before becoming a senior craftsman, due to the highly skilled nature of the work. This small team is responsible for the entire process of making each bag;

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STEP 1 – Our leather hides are taken from buffalo, because they give us great long lasting vintage style leather. During the finishing stages of tanning, our leather is left looking natural and is treated with hot wax to give it a unique distressed antique look and feel.

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STEP 6A – EXCESS LEATHER TRIMMED - Our buckles and hardware, custom made from high quality nickel-plated iron, are then fitted to the straps, and any excess leather is trimmed from the piping. Loose threads are cut from the bag to give a tidy finish.

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STEP 5A- SEW PARTS TOGETHER - The seams of the five pieces of leather that make up the main body of the satchel are then stitched together by a leather machinist. They then add lengths of leather piping around the outside of the bag, and a further line of stitching is added to result in a strong, triple reinforced satchel.

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