Often when you are out shopping for a new work briefcase or handbag you have certain criteria about the quality of the bag you want. Of course, who wants to pay top dollar for poor quality? Crooked stitching, loose threads, and poorly attached rivets are easy signs of poor quality bags, but would you recognize these faults if you weren’t exactly sure about what you were looking at? Maybe not, and that is why I have decided to interview a few of our factory workers to see what really goes into making a high quality bag. Below is the step by step process of how our leather artisans have assembled one of our Toscanella handbags.
The first step is the cutting of the leather. Every bag we make has a specific pattern. Each piece of leather used for the bag needs to be precisely cut according to its pattern. Our mastercraftsman takes each section of the pattern and lays it on top of the hide. He then uses an extremely sharp scalpel like tool to cut each piece. He has a lot of pieces to cut, so naturally his movements are quick and exact.
Once the leather is cut to pattern another craftsman uses a small machine to thin the outsides of the pieces. This process is called skivving. This allows for the leather to be sewn together, otherwise the leather would be too thick to sew. From this point the pieces are transferred to the sealing table. Here the edges of the leather pieces are smoothed then sealed with a paint sealant mixture. Wooden sticks with cone like sponges at one end are dipped in the proper paint color and ran along the edges. This seals the leather edges to protect them from damage and fraying.
This process completes the cutting and sealing of the leather pieces necessary for bag production. The assembly of the bags is a complicated procedure that I will post next week. Please stay tuned!
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