Leather is an organic material. Ours has been selected for its suitability and any irregularities or marks are not considered as imperfection or fault. They may be typical characteristics such as vein and growth marks which are natural properties of genuine leather.
Each hide will contain a certain number of these irregularities, it takes great skill in organizing where the hide will be cut into straps to maximize output but more importantly present the qualities of the hide. Imperfections and marks are worked around to provide the very best leather on each strap.
The basic construction of a strap is of a leather upper, an inner lining of calf leather or synthetic material, and a lower lining in contact with the skin. The inner lining is designed to give the right flexibility to the strap and reinforce the strap. We only use leather inner lining that is thinned to the appropriate thickness to ensure the overall correct strap thickness, and best balance between flexibility and durability.
Once the upper and inner lining are finished, a lower lining is added. This is the piece of leather that will be in contact with the skin. To avoid allergic reactions, we use a vegetable tanned calf leather treated for moisture and sweat. You will notice over time that this leather may darken and stain with wear, this is normal and a small compromise made in the name of comfort and safety.
Once the glue is dry, the contour of the strap are stitched, either by machine or hand (if specified), Machine stitching is done on a sewing machine by a skilled artisan to ensure a straight and even stitching. The advantages of machine stitch is that it provides a tighter, more even, and more durable stitch.
The advantages of hand stitching resides mainly in the skill it requires to do properly and the beauty of perfect imperfections. It can be recognized by connoisseurs and is highly desirable to some. This is done using linen thread in the purest respect for tradition.