Wedge handbag - French goat leather in Distressed Indigo - Luxury edition *03
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For years a daydream of mine has been wondering what happens when every detail of my Wedge handbag design is executed to the highest level of hand craftsmanship? To find out, I’ve collaborated with friend Mark Hanks who operates a fine leather atelier in San Francisco. Mark is trained in French traditional leather working and does beautiful work.
We have collaborated to make this Distressed Indigo blue goat leather Wedge handbag fully lined with pearlescent gold lambskin lining and pale blue highlight edge painting.
- Individually made, one of a kind piece
- Measures approximately 10” wide x 26” overall drop
- Uniquely marked and numbered *03
- Includes storage box, dust bag and certificate of authenticity
Some of my favorite details:
Mark drawing from his Hermès lineage classical training, shows off his incredible saddle stitching and edge treatment skills. Each stitch is individually hand pierced with a diamond-shaped awl then stitched through with a single thread stitch by stitch.
Traditional french style edge finishing
Notice that crease that runs parallel to the edge line? Using a special tool, that crease is hot ironed into the leather in the traditional french style, showing the edges have been heat sealed. After ironing Mark sands and paints those edges in multiple rounds to get the perfect finished cross section. Not only does this finish look sleek but it helps to protect the handbag from moisture.
Artisanally made leather
We are using a goat leather known as Chevre Indigo from the Alran tannery in France. The Alran tannery has been producing some of the finest goat leather for luxury brands for over 100 years. They are well known for their premium goat leather and the beautiful colors they are able to produce.
This leather has been dyed with Indigo in a unique process developed to create that denim like finish. It is a full grain leather, vegetable tanned in a unique 23 step process that takes over 3 weeks to produce each hide; a special technique that involves much handwork to give it a distinctive look. Wrinkles and color/surface variation are intrinsic to the look of this very special leather.
Mark suggested a gorgeous lined pocket shape which narrows at the bottom, gently gripping the base of your phone so that it doesn’t rattle inside as you walk. It’s a refined detail that I love.
It is a gorgeous piece fully living up to my imagination. It invites touch, it smells amazing, it even sounds magnificent (squeezing it sounds luxurious omg).
Designed and made in San Francisco.
Designed by, Jill Harrell
Made by, Mark Hanks
Interior key ring
Each Wedge Bag is made with an interior key ring that is perfect to clip your keys so that you never lose them again.
Also works great with one of my leather leashes to connect a zipper pouch or anything else you like to keep at hand.