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8 UK Artisan Brands We Love

With the fight against fast fashion rapidly gaining traction amongst consumers, more and more people are seeking clothing and accessories that value individuality, sustainability and durability. Cue the rise of the artisan brand. But what exactly is artisanal fashion? A quick internet search will tell you that an artisan is a “skilled manual worker who makes items that may be functional or decorative”. In that vein, when you choose to invest in an artisanal fashion product, you’re not just investing in a piece of fabric. Instead, you’re investing in a work of art. You’re honouring skills that have been honed with hours of practice and dedication. You’re actively taking part in the fight against fast fashion. Colville Leather and artisanal...

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The art of hand stitched leather goods

Here at Colville Leather, we do things ‘the old-fashioned way’. All of our beautiful hand stitched leather goods are made using only traditional tools and techniques. Every single stitch on our belts, wallets, keychains and bags is done by hand, and boy is it a precision art. This skillful art form has survived centuries of innovation and advancement, remaining true to its humble origins as it passes down through generations of leather artisans. In this article, we explore the traditional art of saddle stitching, before taking a closer look at what makes hand stitched leather goods so special ... How we make our hand stitched leather goods When crafting our range of leather goods, we use a traditional saddle stitch....

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Introducing our Handmade leather tote bag: The Harvest Tote

Feast your eyes on our handmade leather tote bag, The Harvest Tote. Meticulously designed and crafted by Colville’s master craftsman, no detail has been overlooked. Stylish and functional in equal measure, The Harvest Tote brings a new wave of elegance to our collection of leather bags. Here we’re turning the spotlight onto The Harvest Tote to find out what makes it such a special accessory ... Style and functionality combined Known for their versatility, tote bags have many practical uses. From supporting busy working life in the city, to serving as a practical day bag on your weekend adventures, a tote bag is a great place to pack your everyday cargo. Today, the tote bag comes in many forms. There’s the...

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Best sustainable fashion brands UK: where to shop ethically in 2019

As London fashion week draws to a close, the talk of the town is sustainable fashion. BBC Earth’s #SustainableMe initiative has turned the conversation towards sustainable fashion brands and what the fashion industry can do to lessen its environmental footprint.  We’ve blogged in the past about the hefty environmental cost of fast fashion and why we only make sustainable leather belts and accessories. Fast fashion has got a lot to answer for: huge quantities of water consumed and environments destroyed to produce cheap cotton clothing; hazardous chemicals pumped into rivers; and towering piles of landfill created by barely-worn clothing. That’s why we’re excited to see sustainable fashion brands in the UK become more mainstream and accessible. We’ve pulled together some...

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