It’s been awhile since we last update our La Vie on our workshop… yes, we are pretty busy, we just finished our new 2nd half 2014 products and tour Europe again visiting our friends, partner, buddy, reseller and distributor which is now we call as our “families” 🙂
During the trip, I was casually invited by one of our family member, to do a Obbi Good Label trunk show. He mentioned that since we are always making 1 piece customization of bags, tote, duffle and available only locally, his side of clients do queries on our works and suggest to me to do something about it. Coincidentally, I have a long shelved idea, which may come into use for the show.
Every other quarter during my buying for leather, I will chance upon wonderful pieces of leather hides, which normally are too small for a collections or repeative productions. These beautiful hides can only make 2 to 3 medium size bag. We normally dedicate these hides for custom bespoke customer, who really appreciate good leather. However most of the time, to set the customer expectations, some of the hides are not fully utilize in making a better product, but only to a product that is base on 1 side of its requirements (never the side we want….)
So taking this opportunity, Obbi Good Label will be planning to held its 1st Trunk Show in East Asia, we will make 1 each of the bags we made before, and make them available in the trunk show, what you see is what you’ll get. We will bring extra swatches, which you can select mix and match to custom the bag base on the model shown, you can request a little this and that, so that we can fulfill what has been missing in that region.
Date of the trunk show is set on 19th to 21st September, which left me with less than 45 days to make all the bags…. so wish me good luck, I will update here with the pics.
Yes, the 3rd bag series has been finalized and completed in the productions.
1st lot 10pcs, 2 specific custom, 2 preorder and 2 on reserved. Balance 3 (1 of the bag failed QC…. make by me, fail by me…..)
Ok, just pics not much words.
YKK made in Japan 15inch lock zipper
Leather using Japanese Saddle
We uses a 20oz imported canvas, made from bamboo fiber, pretty tough.
Micro pics on the canvas
Now available at Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies
I can understand that many still do not understand the properties of vegetable-tanned leathers. They are often surprised by the darkening from pure creamy white, natural state.
Here is another good one for you – A used 9981 Olive Messenger Bag as compare to the new one.
Yes, the darkening of the natural leather is ‘severe’. I applied Huberd’s oil twice in my 4 months of usage. I hope I have captured the softness of the leather correctly. You can click on the pics and enlarge them.
The back is stain by the raw denim I wear most of the time. The ‘flesh’ of the leather has smoothen out without the hairy initial feel. Leather strap is soften to flexible and real easy on shoulder.
Using it daily to work, commuting in motorcycle, the bag went through some heavy downpour, tropical humid sunlight with heavy storage of files, EDC, sunglasses, MP3 …etc. The duck canvas faded faster than I expected. with horizontal fading vividly showing up.
With the tested and some improvements, this bag is ready to go.
To find out more specs, go to our webstore http://obbigoodlabel.com/product-category/9981/
Before Christmas, we want to release the cream white version of these 9981 series bags.
Messenger Style: http://obbigoodlabel.com/product/ogl-9981-messenger-bag/
Biker Style: http://obbigoodlabel.com/product/ogl-9981-biker-bag/
It has been a long time ago since we acquired these heavy-weight duck fabric. If I remember correctly, we got it from one of our leather supplies when we were having a chat about duck fabric. Leading us to the upper storage of shelves, he enthusiastically dug deep and pulled out few rolls of dusty duck canvas. As the warehouse needed space for more leather hides coming in, he actually wanted to throw these rolls of duck canvas away to make way.
Coincidentally, when we mentioned we would like to try out on canvas, he thought we should have these. True enough, we imagined we might be able to run some designs on them. So, we loaded them on the trunk and brought at least 5 to 6 rolls back to the workshop.
However, ever since we stocked these heavy-weight canvas, we have not put them into good use either… Until recently, while arranging them in the new workshop, we decided to make some bags out of them.
We did a few prototype runs and finalized on 2 designs at the moment – A messenger style and a bag suitable for bikers.
Quality check and all carried out on the messenger bag for 6 months. Got into rain, spices, dirt and then washed twice and sun. Oiled twice after washing and it turns out this way.