What you see above is our basic, take it anywhere, toolkit. What's missing is a small, but very heavy, marble surface we use as an anvil. Of course we have a lot more than this in the workshop. We are toolhounds just like any other artisan. A couple of our pieces could be made with just four tools; The large wooden mallet, the cheapo red carpet knife with lots of disposable blades, and two tools from the toolbox which are a small handpunch and a small setter. That's it, that's all I need to make a suitcase.
Working with leather is like working with weather, it changes all the time. It has to be in hand to understand how it will react to your manipulations, hitting, punching, and cutting. It's an experience thing really. It's unfortunate that most people don't ever get to see a full side of leather, there are two "sides" of leather from each steer. And they can be enormous, larger than a large dining table. They change from one side to the next, never the same color nor texture, never homogenous.
It's the simplicity of our construction techniques that appeals to us. Not having machines, not using glue, plastic, zippers, velcro, not really sewing, these things inform our design choices and our overall look. We feel that design is at it's best when there are no constraints. This is what makes us work hard to succeed.
Thanks for being part of something that we love.