Expertly crafted materials are a beautiful thing. We source our materials from high quality manufacturers and then handcraft our items in our workshop in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. We pursue "overbuilding" our products to create tested, hardworking items that are in it for the long haul and we believe in sharing our process with you so you know exactly who made your item, where it was made, and what it is made from. When we use words like handcrafted, we want you know what we mean.
Handcrafted in Kansas City, Missouri, USA
For us, handcrafted means using processes that ensure quality throughout the construction of the product. Specifically, we hand cut and hand stitch all our small leather goods, incorporating age old stitching methods and using traditional leather crafting tools. We employ the use of heavy duty machine stitching in the construction of our larger pieces like bags.
We pursue quality and transparency in everything we do. To us, this means using the right materials from reputable sources. Because we are suckers for history and a good story, we prefer trusted domestic leather tanneries and textile mills. Some of these businesses have been running for centuries, supplying even the early wagon trips along the Lewis and Clark trails in the late 1800's.
We source our leathers from tanneries, all located on Midwest river towns where the boom of agricultural and industrial activity necessitated their existence to provide a durable product.
Hermann Oak Leather Co. | St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Horween Leather Co. | Chicago, Illinois, USA
Thoroughbred Leather | Louisville, Kentucky, USA
We use two primary types of leather: vegetable tanned leather and chrome tanned leather.
Vegetable tanning is an age-old process of introducing natural fibers found in plant species called tannins to slowly condition the leather over the process of one month to several months. Chrome tanning is a process of introducing mineral agents rather than natural fibers to quicken the process which results in softer and more supple leather over the course of days rather than months.
Our canvas products are from the Martexin line of water repellent fabrics, namely their original duck waxed canvas. This original line of waxed canvas has been a staple in durable work wear since the inception of the fabric in 1838.
Our denim products come from Cone Mills out of Greensboro, North Carolina. We source their medium weight 14 oz. white oak denim, which is a selvedge raw denim. Founded in 1895, Cone Mills was once known as the largest denim textile manufacturer.