About this project
Watch how our leather goods are made
Our handbags are built well, and built to last. It takes more than 20 hours to craft one bag.
Handstitched from premium shrunken calf and lined with goat leather. Shrunken calf is soft yet durable full grain leather made from a baby calf. It is almost entirely scratch resistant and can be refurbished to as good as new condition if veining starts to appear.
The type of stitching is called saddle stitching and it dates back hundreds of years. It is way stronger than a machine made stitch.
Simple design, premium leather and quality of craftsmanship makes it timeless.
Invest in quality, not in quantity.
This card wallet does not have seams on the sides. It was done by folding top layer of leather into pockets.
Each wallet is made of full grain goat leather from 100-year old tannery in France. This goat leather has a unique beautiful grain.
There are two pockets inside that can fit up to 6 cards each and some cash.
It is available in 8 colors: black, purple, navy blue, dark green, magenta, rose, orange, yellow (not all colors are shown on the picture bellow).
Passport covers are also made from French goat leather.
It has side pockets specifically for your passport, customs card or baggage claim ticket.
Word "Passport" is embossed with heat.
Passport covers will also be available in 8 colors: black, purple, navy blue, dark green, magenta, rose, orange, yellow (not all colors are shown on the picture bellow) .
Amount of Michelle bags we offer in this Kickstarter campaign is 150 pieces. It takes more than 20 hours to craft a bag and it is done by single artisan. At the moment it's only seven of us.
It is personalized nature of handbag manufacturing. One person - one bag.
The bag design is simple and clean.
Michelle bag dimensions
9.44 / 12.6 / 6.5 inches
24 / 32 / 16.5 centimeters
Comes with a strap
Our first collection is made in light grey, taupe, slate, and black calf leather.
The interior has more vivid colors that highlight the beautiful goat leather texture. Options include black, purple, magenta, rose, yellow and light blue.
At the moment we only have black shrunken calf leather for production. It comes from famous tannery in Germany.
The shrinking process pulls the surface closer together, subsequently resulting in a much more visible and deeper grain. These particular hides are sourced from Simmental cattle in Germany.
It is very expensive and only French luxury firms and private ateliers are using it. Michelle bag materials alone cost $180. (Goat leather costs $90 per square meter).
If we would sell Michelle bag in retail it would cost more than $2000.
We are using snaps from Italian brand RIRI.
Our studio is located in 750 year old city Lviv in Eastern Europe.
Risks and challenges
We are buying leather directly from tanneries. During 2015 we didn't have any delays, but due to nature of materials, and the load of the tannery - delays are possible.
We have enough materials to produce bags in black color. And we are working on them right now.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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