Leather I source is end-of-the-roll, odd-lots and rejects by furniture and garment makers. Anything they think is either "too small", has brand marks (which, most USA grown leather does), is damaged, pre-cut or just orphaned for other reasons will end up in liquidation stock. So, each time there are different kinds of leather for rescue... Sometimes it suits my work, and sometimes it, well, does not.
Also, recently, I began scouring business listings for closures, changes in orientation or material overstock. I started collecting unwanted leather and denim clothing from friends, to keep that out of the landfill too... Anything I can salvage, I will try my best to do so.
One leather hunt of mine delivered more than I could hope for. I headed to my trusted "orphaned" leather supplier looking for anything colourful, pliable and different - for Spring! What I found was... materials, that inspired my FW 2011; along with some great Summer finds...
|Spanish Moss, Cigar, Antique Brown and Syrah|
Here they are - proudly salvaged!
|Antique Brown, Syrah and Oakwood: re-purposed cowhide|
|Antique Brown, Cigar, Birch and Nude: re-purposed cowhide|
|Beautiful earth tones|