The ‘Where’ and the ‘How’:All of our products are made in the USA in our 1,000 square foot shop in Orlando, Florida, using leather from the Horween tannery in Chicago. When possible–as in, when they exist–we source components (such as clips, button studs, buckles, etc.) from domestic sources as well.
Everything we make is hand stitched; which means a maker using a needle and thread in their hands to stitch together the final product. This results in a stitch that is more durable long-term than a sewing machine can produce, though it is more time consuming.
Sometimes I wish we used a sewing machine–we have one in the shop but it serves the same purpose as that treadmill in your bedroom; an expensive catch-all to hold things that haven’t made it to their proper homes yet. A few things would be easier to make, and certainly faster, but they wouldn’t be AS durable, and I’d have to alter how I design things if we start using one…so, no thanks.
Wanna Really Geek Out About Our Leather? Sure!!
All of our leather goods are made using Horween leather. Horween is a tannery in Chicago, Illinois that has been in business since 1905. There are excellent tanneries around the world, and others based in the US, but we’ve chosen to use only Horween as we just love their product and their history of commitment to excellence.
You can find more information about the leathers themselves all over the web, and particularly straight from the source at Horween, but here are some notes focusing mainly how we use their various tannages in our products (obviously color is a key factor for us when choosing a leather to make a product, but perhaps more important is how the leather ‘works’, as some work excellently in one product but not in another…and not every color is available in every tannage, so a part of the FFF design process is choosing which leathers will be used to make a product and accounting for its particular characteristics while designing).