Amy wants to help make the accessories fashion industry more ethical and support Australian manufacturing. Helping to revive an almost lost industry. She maintains the idea that real luxury is knowing where and how a product is made – and by whom. Without sacrificing quality and style.
Each bag is made from cow leather, pasture raised in New Zealand by the ANZCO Group who adhere to to a strict animal welfare guideline. The straps on the bags are made from wild Kangaroo leather from New South Wales tanned locally in a Sydney tannery.
The leather hides are vegetable tanned by a New Zealand tannery established in the 1950’s. The tannery is the only wet blue to finished leather, bovine tannery in Australasia; this gives full control to the tannery for the entire process. Water-based products are used during tanning so that no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) are emitted into the atmosphere.
Finally each bag is handmade in Melbourne by husband and wife team Guy and Lee, who have run their small, family owned factory for over forty years. You can read their story at the end of this post.