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Wether you are seeking a special one of a kind jacket, or a simple every day, beautifully made, functional, coat,we will work with you to select and/or make the perfect shearling, to best enhance you and your wardrobe!
Our skins are of the ultimate lightness, and our construction techniques eliminate bulk, so you can enjoy your very special jacket, off the rack or custom fit, for years to come.
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Gravers Lane Gallery
8405 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
One of our long time clients had a dream. A purple leather coat. Over the years she has been a true lover of our work, a patron who has one of just about every collection we ever created, always special order as she has her own unique figure ,as many of us do.
This week she is traveling to Germany to visit family and friends, and wanted to show them all that older ladies can rock a sense of style, as she does, always with a smile on her face. So before shipping that purple leather coat, with a “surprise” silk lining, I had to snap a few pics, on me, although not quite my size, you get the idea! Bon Voyage Helene!
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8 Leather Artisans out of about 100 exhibitors
11 Leather Artisans out of 150 exhibitors
Because it’s TBT, I’m including an image of some hand cut Leather Lace Collars
for Jackets we made in the early ’90’s
ACC Baltimore is a big show.
Over the years we have many repeat customers who come thru, and it is always fun for them to dress the part, wearing some of their favorite acquisitions as they browse
for the latest item that makes their heart pound. We have been lucky to see & hear of our work passing thru, and it does not go unnoticed!
This year we had two come by wearing one of a kind pieces from our days of quilting Leather.
Both loved and well worn, no one could remember if it was 10, 15 or 20 years ago? And still enjoying them!
Do you have a “Vintage” piece of ours?
Send a pic, or wear it to the next show, and I will take one!
John wore a vest he commissioned, and Melissa had on a vest and a jacket! Thanks for stopping by!
Many of you ask about where to have shearling & leather cleaned. This is who I use. Also good for cleaning items trimmed in leather.
Got this email today so thought I would pass it on.
They are located in Kansas City, you can ship to them. 100 years in business!
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The Smithsonian Craft Show opens today, and this show gets me to thinking about the medium we get up every morning to work with, and how it seems to be under represented at some shows, which is important to us, as it is how we make our living.
The breakdown of exhibitors at the Smithsonian Show this year is as follows:
Jewelry, 25 Ceramics, 20 Wearable Art, 13 Wood, 13 Furniture, 12 Glass, 11 Decorative Fiber, 9 Basketry 8, Mixed Media, 6 Metal, 4 Paper, 4
I began researching the history and importance of leather craft on the internet and came across some information from Tandy. For 33 centuries, man has used leather, a by product of his food, to clothe and shelter himself. Shoes were made to protect his feet. When man started to record his thoughts, he wrote on leather parchment , easier to carry than stone tablets. The paragraph below struck me:
“During the Middle Ages, however, only the wealthy could afford boots, capes, saddles, etc. made of leather. Leather workmanship was limited to a very narrow section of society. A secretive lot, Leather Guildsmen closely guarded knowledge of their art which they handed down from father to son.”
We have been over the course of our 33 year career, mostly self taught in the medium, as other than these types of very limited apprenticeships, there are no “schools”, “societies” or “guilds” to learn from. We were on board when F.I.T. launched its limited leather program, and Toshiki taught the decorative techniques class for a while. So much skill is involved in using the medium, which as a natural product, no two skins are alike, to sew it, you can use machines but once the needle pierces the skin, you are committed. There is much hand manipulation to stretch and form.
Also there is so much long term value and beauty to leather, people have loved it to feel and to use, to protect and serve them, for centuries.
So why the snub from some shows? Is it still not as relevant today as it was in 1300 B.C.? I have seen some very interesting work being done in the medium.
Have you? Would you like to see more of what can be done in this medium?