Japanese Tooled Leather Bag

Less words this time, more pics

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A custom request for a sling bag
Using Japanese tool press leather with veg tan black and brass hardware.

Detail simple.

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As the tooled leather side cannot be burnished, i pipe them up.
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Including a quick access zip from the back
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Pipe them again in the front flap
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Inlay the roughout surface with lambskin lining
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Done with pics from white and tungsten lights
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Design the handle and straps on a single top. Take note, the straps is double layered stitched. And i use a full grain leather for the handle.
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So far, this bag is short listed as my favourite.

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Natural Lamb Veg Tan Leather

When I first received this batch of grade AA leather, I know that basic natural veg tan leather will start resurfaced again from our collections.

The leather are so perfectly skived (standard 1.5mm) and tan, quickly i start making prototype for our year end collection (due Dec-Jan 2014)

Some pics

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The leather are not big, 5 to 6 feet max.
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Immediately, i prepared 3 prototype collections.

1st, inspired from 1950s police officer pistol holder.. a bifold wallet with a detail thumb release snaps
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Basic bifold with 6 card slots and 2 hidden slots.

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2nd, our new 5inch mayan wallet

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Emphasize on some detailed tooling on the covers. 3 card slot, 1 bill slot, 1 hidden slot and 1 coin change compartment.

3rd will be our finalized trucker wallet (after 4 version, this is final)

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Most of the trucker wallet available have only a stack cards slot, this time round, i redesign the whole sizing to accomodate 3 full card slot and 1 stack slot.

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The usual long wallet sizing are measure 7.5 by 3.75 fold, I have increase the broadness of the wallet to 7.5 by 4.5 inch, add in another layer of leather to create another compartment slots divide them up to 3 slots at 2.5 each. It fit the card perfectly for the height. It can now hold more than 10 cards amd not creating the bulge.

You will be probably asking, how this big fat 4.5 wallet can fit into the back pockets??!!

Sorry to the slimmer jeans user, this trucker wallet fits only heritage cuts jeans. (Go take a ruler measure your back pocket opening)

And I have made 1 myself using Japanese tooled leather if you follow my instagram.

Next pics will be the new coin change compartment that we will be implementing from 2014 onwards for all product in future.

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Lastly, again a family pics

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Shiniki Blue Shell Cordovan Watch Strap

Got a request for a watch strap, IWC mark series, the watch comes with a blue seconds hand, so match it up with our reserves Blue Shell Cordovan from Japan Shiniki Tannery

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I don’t normally take up jobs for watch straps, and I have to say this will be the last I will do. As I believe they are a lot of more skilled artisan available that can do a better job than I am.

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Lined them flat without filling, and lambskin veg tan for the backing. The watch (if i remembered is a mark 15) is military inspired, therefore fillings is not necessary to obtain the more military feel.
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Under some tungsten lighting, I use a roller foot seiko sewing machine, and therefore with the tracking mark, might not be everyone’s liking but it add character to it.

9981 Full Leather

One post away, you should have saw the title ‘9981’ on a custom-made denim bag.

To further tickle you curiosity, here is another post of the mysterious ‘9981’ in full leather this time. And yes, it is still a custom work.

So, for Ms Agnes, here are the pictures of the completed work.

9981 Full Leather

9981 Full Leather

9981 Full Leather

9981 Full Leather

9981 Full Leather

9981 Full Leather

Denim Conversion Project 9981 By OGL

Just when we are in production of our latest 9981 series (more stories of 9981 by James later) a request came in.

The customer bought a pair of natural indigo Artist Denim, size 30, the jeans is fantastic with plenty of life left, however the owner got a little weight over the years and can no longer wore them.

Instead of storage it away, he request to convert it into a carry bag for his beloved girl friend.
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Jeans is cut short to the length of 12inch (messenger bag standard height) both legs are then cut, connect, trim to form the base of the bag, leaving the original selvedge in the middle (detailing effort)

Then we introduce our 9981 bag series leather design, implement to the bag.

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I broaden the base part of the bag, and trim it to he top, so that it look more feminine. And uses our reserved premium Japanese saddle (used in our quick draw belts) for tgis project, the color combinations is perfect.

Some complete design look.
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Customize Carry On Luggage Part 2 Finale

From my previous post, i continue where I have stop, the processes…

In this new world, a lot of work can be replaced by Machine, system and calculated measurements to avoid mistake, leather crafting (commercial) cannot afford to have mistake, 1 tiny bit of screw up will destroy the work.
Therefore hand made or hand work are still preferred at certain area of making a bag.

Manual buffering is carry out thru out the bag.

Added details that work with a purpose, enhanced brass studs to harden bag edges

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Bag complete with wrapped handle, and leather strap. Some outdoor complete pics

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Some indoor pics.

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The process of making this bag have thought me something, what have easily sketch might turn out big in real!

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Customize Duffle Carry On Luggage Part 1

Received an order in about August, for a big gentleman that request a carry luggage for his business trip. Much delay project due to the massive back order.

And as i mention Part 1, you should know that the bag is jolly well so big, that i have split into 2 post…. (I’m suspecting will the boarding gate stop him for he oversize luggage)

Customer request for our staple color London Tan, manage to source for light weight lamb skin categorized in a similar color, leather is soft, yet subtle, with a mixture of 6oz london tan hide to form the base, sides and structure, it will work.

On with some process pics

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Line up with 2 14inch ykk zipper, both zip will met in the middle for a lock.

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Bag measure 28 inch by 14inch by 16inch. Customer request to be able to hold 1 pair of trainers and a pair of golf shoe, tried with 2 red wing shoe box, it hold nicely.

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Product is 50% done, with temporary hold clips, bag shape upped.

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Last pic for the day before continuation. Meanwhile, wait for our second installment.