I had a dream….that one day I would convince Angus to make hand bags.
It all started in France. A place where inspiration flows out of every nook and cranny - the quaint, tree-lined villages, the café lined boulevards, the chic Parisian women who carry style so effortlessly. Angus was working in a leading French saddlery on the West coast. He spent days lining seats with some of the most exquisite leather we had ever seen, leather that just moulded to the tree like butter on a warm croissant. It became our mission to seek out the source of the leather and to create something inspiring with it back home in our little Australian workshop. We drove 16,000km in a hire car that year - a little Peugeot that delivered us faithfully, back and forth across Europe, from tannery to tannery. We spoke to some of the most interesting people, people passionate about leather, experts who had been creating leather for the demanding French fashion industry for hundreds of years. One tannery we visited dated back to the 13th century and was steeped in tradition and a relentless commitment to quality. Finally we found the leather that had first inspired us, deep in the South of France. It was butter-like, incredibly soft to touch, but so strong, so enduring. It was this leather that finally convinced Angus that it was time to add a hand bag to our collection.