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Like, share and show your support! Help Brent Nelson Bring his project to life!

Like, share and show your support! Help Brent Nelson Bring his project to life!
14/10/2015

Have you ever wanted to make your own leather bag but worried you don’t have the right skill set or experience? Well now you can! Australian Born Brent Nelson has come up with a unique concept which gives individuals the opportunity to hand stitch their own luxurious leather bag which can be passed down from generation to generation. Using full grain vegetable tanned leather and solid brass fittings from the Abbey foundry, the quality rivals high end cases selling for £1000. Customers will receive a package with pre-cut leather, brass fittings and needles and thread for assembling as well as clear cut instructions.

We caught up with Brent to learn more about this project.

What inspired you to start this project?

I was at a point where I wanted to go travelling and explore my passions. I used the time to try things that I wouldn't normally, thinking I might surprise myself. So initially I just wanted to stitch leather and possibly make my own satchel. After designing and stitching one together, you couldn't wipe the smile off my face. I was tremendously proud of the satchel I had made and I knew that other people would love the feeling as well. So I kept refining the design and ended up launching a Kickstarter campaign. I never imagined it would lead to this.

Why should people back you and what does it mean for them?

People are backing us for a few reasons. One is the pride and satisfaction they get from making something useful and beautiful by hand. The other is the focus on slow fashion, and all the good things associated with that. These satchels will not end up in a rubbish dump in a few years like many you would buy in a retail store. Our focus is making sure these bags will last for generations, so we had to source the best of the best, and teach a time-tested method of stitching. I often think of how great it would be if my grandfather had left me a hand-stitched leather satchel that he had made. These thoughts give me inspiration for getting the word out there for people to make a satchel and pass it down to their family in the future.

Why have you chosen Abbey England to supply you with solid brass fittings?

Abbey England has built an excellent reputation in a number of industries over the last 34 years for producing stunning brass ware. We love how each piece is made in England and checked for quality. A very important point for us was their proactive approach to looking after the environment.

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