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The timeless allure of handcrafted leather accessories


Image of Matt Nesbitt from Colville Leather handcrafting a leather wallet

Synonymous with quality and style, there’s something wonderfully charming about handcrafted leather accessories. They ooze charisma, each product wearing its natural characteristics with pride, eager to tell the tale of its every mark and scar. In the ever-changing world of fashion, leather has remained an overwhelming favourite amongst designers and consumers. Of course, its popularity throughout the fashion eras comes as no surprise to us at Colville Leather, but we thought we’d take a closer look at what makes handcrafted leather accessories just so captivating …

They appeal to the senses

Gorgeous to look at, soft to touch and divine in smell, handcrafted leather accessories are a delight to the senses. Nurtured under the watchful eye of a talented craftsman, handcrafted leather items come with an assured quality. Each cut, stitch and fold is done with precise detail to create a finished product that looks exquisite. Natural marks and scars of the hide stand proud, showcasing the unique personality of each item and adding to the beautiful, rugged aesthetic.

The use of traditional, all-natural vegetable tanning methods produces leather that smells as good as it looks. The rich, earthy aroma of genuine vegetable tanned leather can send your imagination to a faraway land of stunning wilderness. 

They represent a high level of skill

A handcrafted leather item represents hours of meticulous dedication and skill. Products are nurtured from start to finish, entirely by hand and using only traditional tools and techniques. This provides that special quality and authenticity that consumers are looking for in a leather item. It is part of the reason that handcrafted leather accessories have remained so popular throughout the years. When you buy a handcrafted leather product, you’re honouring the passion and expertise of its creator, as well as the traditional techniques of leather artisans gone by.

Image showing handcrafted leather stitching by Colville Leather

To see for yourself some of the traditional artisan techniques we use here at Colville Leather, check out this film celebrating the making of an Oak Bark leather belt.

They’re extremely versatile

Handcrafted leather accessories effortlessly complement a range of different outfits. Take our leather belts, for instance – their simple design and classic style means they can be paired with just about any colour and style of trousers. Team them with smart suit trousers for a formal occasion, or wear them with jeans or chinos for a more casual everyday look. There’s something undeniably appealing about accessories that you can wear with anything!

image of handcrafted leather belt from Colville Leather

They’re made to last a lifetime

Handcrafted leather accessories are designed with longevity in mind. They’re made to travel with you, grow old with you, share your memories and earn your trust. A genuine leather item will age in its own unique way depending on how it is used. It will develop a patina unique to its life with its owner, telling tales of adventures aplenty. We believe this is one of the main things that makes handcrafted leather accessories so enthralling for consumers. Having an accessory that will mature with you, serving as an ever-developing memento of your escapades, is highly appealing. 

They represent an age-old tradition

As we explored in our recent blog post on the story of leather, earliest man used dried animal hides to fashion clothing and footwear. From all the way back in prehistoric times, man has recognised hides as much more than simply a by-product of killing an animal. The evolution of leather as an invaluable raw material continued throughout the ancient empires.  As society became increasingly industrialised, the demand for this important textile only grew.

And of course, who can forget the heritage that comes with each different type of leather. Take the famous J & FJ Baker oak bark tanned leather, for instance. This very special leather is made using traditional techniques, in a local Devon tannery that’s rooted in rich Roman history. It’s infused with authenticity and produces high-quality products with an alluring local legacy.

Image of F+FJ Baker warehouse with shelves of rolled leather hides

We love that the leather accessories of today each embody the long and intriguing story of a textile steeped in rich and varied history. At Colville Leather, we celebrate the captivating story of leather and the age-old traditions of ancient artisans when we are designing and crafting our accessories. We pay homage to our craftsmen ancestors by only using traditional tools and techniques, enabling us to produce the most charming of products.

It is a combination of their sensory appeal, their enduring style, and the skill and history they epitomise that gives handcrafted leather accessories their coveted status in the world of fashion. Their timeless elegance really does captivate consumers, and will continue to do so as other trends come and go.

Take a look around our website to see our full range of handcrafted leather accessories. And of course, feel free to get in touch if you would like to find out more about our products - contact us via our website, or leave a message for us on social media.

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