Hector Hardskin Leather Panoply for Apple Products
Hector Hardskin Leather Panoply for Apple Products
A luxury close-fitting leather sleeve, crafted by hand in Greece, using carefully selected top-grain vegetable-tanned leather
A luxury close-fitting leather sleeve, crafted by hand in Greece, using carefully selected top-grain vegetable-tanned leather Read more
About this project
New rewards !
Now Hector Hardskin is available for the next IPhone 6 (22 GBP) and for the MacBook Pro 15" (78 GBP)
Hector Hardskin is a full range of thick heavy duty leather covers designed for Apple products. They will accompany you in your everyday life, standing the test of time and telling the story of your journeys.
The two main stress points are reinforced with rivets in order to maintain a close-fitting over time.
The sleeves closing is simple and instinctive, no need to use magnet, zipper or any other hardware can be danger for your gears. The flap tucks into the sleeve and holds the device tightly inside.
The two stitching along the borders creates a thick leather spine that will cushion the edges of the device in case of shock.
The sleeve is made of two pieces of leather, a thick one for rigidity, and a thinner that makes the folding flap.
The opening remains fully accessible from the top in order to draw the device faster than anyone.
We use the finest full grain vegetable tanned cowhide from traditional tanneries in Crete. Vegetable tanning is the most traditional way of tanning hides.
Most of the process is done by hand. Unlike chrome tanning, vegetable tanning can take up to 40 days to produce a piece of dyed leather. Vegetable tanning uses natural ingredients such as the bark of chestnut trees to tan the leather.
- Vegetable tanning is an age old tradition, so most tanneries have very skilled craftsmen producing and dying this type of leather
- Each leather product that is dyed using vegetable tanning is completely unique
Vegetable tanned leather wears gracefully and molds to the owner's habits over time. All vegetable tanned leather darkens and develops a rich patina over time with exposure to sun, water and oil. During its lifetime, a vegetable tanned product get an unique patina that is strikingly different from how it looked had it for the first time in your hands.
Our leather is an exclusive natural product, the edges are glued with a non-toxic water-based glue. We are using only vegetable tanning agents and environmental friendly substances, trying to aim the best possible ecological compatibility. Leather products that have been vegetable tanned are the only that can be recycled.
There is no need to add oil or conditioner to your new Hector Hardskin. Over time, oils from your hands will condition the sleeve naturally, and it will gradually change color and mold to its contents. Vegetable tanned leather can be lightly cleaned and conditioned by buffing briskly with your hand or a soft cloth. This friction slightly heats the leather and brings its natural oils to the surface.
Why we need your support ?
Usually, leather goods with this area and thickness of leather are quite expensive. We figured out that with a simple design and the immediate availability of first quality leather material here in Greece, we are able to produce luxury leather goods with prices down to the earth.
In order to get the best skins at a reasonable price we need of course to buy a big amount of skins directly from the source in the oldest Cretan tanneries.
We will order a special batch of hides especially for you, we want to choose each skin of this batch carefully on site and take it freshly tanned, without any trace other than the ones that belong to the animal.
Thanks to :
Jeff Sarawi : Actor / Alkyoni Tsegou : Director / Kostis Fokas : Photographer, plans of the tanneries in Crete
Risks and challenges
We started this project by doing sleeves for our devices because we were not finding products that were meeting our expectations. We cut the first skins ourselves with cardboard templates, and we even stitch the first model ourselves. It was a year and a half ago. Since then, we improved the way of doing them. We build a full chain of production, from the laser-cut template, to the press cutting of the skin and the stitching of the leather. The stitching was the most difficult part.
In the beginning we thought that we should work with craftsmen making bags, but the ones that we found were unable to make products that met our quality expectations.
The craftsmen that we will work with (in fact they found us, they heard about our project and what we were searching for and they called us), are specialized in making leather watches bracelets for Swiss luxury watches companies. Their experience and their abilities to make stitching marks looking good on both sides of the products make the difference.
We also learned a lot about the best way to treat skins and to choose them. We will go personally in Crete to choose them one by one.
So we believe that we are completely ready. Skins will be bought in July, cut and stitched in August and sent in September.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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