I've been collecting materials to use for my designs as long as I can remember, mostly vintage or salvaged textiles to remix & reimagine into something beautiful & equally functional. Amongst the treasure trove of rare, one-of-a-kind antique & vintage textiles, I also collect leather. As a designer focused on bringing an eco-friendly process to my craft, leather has been one of those materials that I have paused & contemplated about. Don't get me wrong, I love leather, I love the feel, the texture, the durability but I also know it's a questionable material to use in the realm of 'sustainable design' or 'eco friendly design'. So I've used it sparingly, mostly for handles, as it is one of the most durable materials to utilize for such purpose & well, durability & longevity is an integral part of the sustainability model. So in an effort to stay true to my desire of creating an eco & earth friendly product while staying open to using materials like leather, I try & source mostly vintage leathers, leather pieces or remnants either cast off due to a visible 'scar' (which I personally think is beautiful) or no longer usable to let's say a furniture maker due to insufficient size after cutting for a project. When I purchase new leather, I always source from companies using eco friendly dying & tanning processes. Here's a trio of some beautiful vintage leather pieces that I purchased many years ago that I just finished making into the perfect size tote bags. I had just enough to make these 3 bags & because I love working with leather so much, I will be adding more pieces in the coming months utilizing various hides from my ever growing collection. These beautiful bags are currently available here on my shop page!