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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 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 5 CUT & SEW LINING - Our satchels are lined with a hard wearing green/blue cotton fabric. The lining is cut to the same size as the leather pieces, and a light adhesive is used to position the lining over the leather.

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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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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 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 2 CUT LEATHER - The second stage is to cut the leather pieces used to create a satchel from high quality vegetable tanned leather, from templates, using razor sharp knives. STEP 3 – SKIVE LEATHER - From the cutting section they are passed to a skiver, who will reduce the thickness of the edges of some of the pieces where they overlap so the join appears smooth and seamless.

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