Hmmm… we are actually quite happy and proud about this project, hence we took some more pictures of it.
We did a sharing session at ITE AMK last 2 weeks.
It was a warm and casual session with motivated students eagerly participating.
Aim of this sharing session is to help young students to understand more about leathercraftings. We hope to inspire younger generation to take up leathercrafting.
As we have already taken first step by creating a good environment for the hobbyist to craft in our workshop, this session enable us to get closer to the young ones. The results are fruitful, and we feel good about it.
During the session, we allocate a time for crafting demonstration. We begin everything from cutting the desire pieces, all measurements done in-situ. No pre-cutting so that we can show everything we know and pass all our knowledge.
During the Q&A, students came forward with questions about Obbi Good Label’s leather goods, crafting techniques, and also get advises and feedback about their work.
As much as we want your visit to our new workshop, our leather workshop is ‘almost’ complete with a little more of touching up.
We will be complete once we have YOU in the workshop practicing leathercraft or discussing with us your custom details.
However, as we need more time to arrange the workshop, we will not be operating at the moment. There are still issues we have to perfect, as mentioned on Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies journal
Leathers, machines and tools are in and unpacked. As messy as usual, this is a real work place. In Obbi Good Label, we do not believe in a posh space when we can entertain you while talking leathers with you. We believe in letting you see how we work, feel the working atmosphere and savour the strong leather scent.
The ‘master’s’ workbench. Here you will discuss with us on customizing or leather project. We can’t wait!
Machines are in. Positioned behind the half length window, you will get to see the artisans working upon coming up to 2nd floor. It is like a ‘sushi master’ concept. Every leather products will be produced here with pride and high craftsmanship.
This is the leather classroom, Atelier Lodge. Student now have a space of their own, tools are easily accessible. It is an even more conducive leather classroom for those who are interested in leathercrafting.
The next day, our leather artisans came and ‘mark’ their territory… Helped on the unpacking and re-arranging the workshop. the only complain I received was, “can we do it faster as I am f**king eager to work on my leathers in the awesome workshop’….
We added shelfings on the wall for hardware accessibility.
Update from our new Handmade Leather Workshop, more developments and completing soon.
Air-conditioners up! We are a bunch of craftsmen who are afraid of the heat. Cooling air in the workshop makes us think better 🙂
The reno team worked on. Partitions up and touching up.
Some of you who has been following Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies networks should have gotten news that Obbi Good Label (being in the loft workshop) will be moving with Tuckshop as well.
As a professional leather company, we have been around for around 5 years, a good duration and we enjoyed every single moment. With 5 years of establishments, we ought to celebrate. And the celebration got to be a full year event. This move is one big part of it.
The inauguration of the first leather school in Singapore, Atelier Lodge, teaching handmade leathercraft in the form of a school, providing all necessary tools and leather with true leather artisans imparting knowledge for people interested in leather craft.
The launch of WX2 series in May, we built leather products significantly based on military services.
The revamp of Obbi Good Label’s webstore during June is the beginning of Obbi Good Label, Handmade Leather’s era in the internet.
Now, here comes the big part – Moving to a dream workshop.
Let me update our new address upfront in case you gets too bored on our history.
From 2 Sept 2013 onwards, we will operate here: 25 Bali Lane, 189861, Singapore
Our quest of searching for a perfect workshop ended when we set sight on this 2-storey (mezzanine) building along Bali Lane. We know this is more than ideal.
When we started out in 39 Arab Street in 2010, we were comfortable. Hid in the 2nd level of a busy street with Persian carpet shops, we had full concentration working with leather without distractions. Friends and customers came and we started enjoying every chit-chatting sessions with them. Because we enjoyed their company so much, these sessions grew longer, we made more and more friends and the community grew bigger.
If you are from the ‘OGL at Arab Street era’, you should understand the space constraint in the small workshop. Thus, the once ‘hidden heaven’ no longer able to accommodate. We moved.
Familar old front door. All the ‘gossips’ we shared remained in this corner still….
2011, we partnered with Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies and moved to 39A Kandahar Street. A cool and cosy loft is where we produce leather since then. Being denim and vintage influenced, we are so happy to be able to bring in brands that we love and most importantly, able to share them with everyone. A real ‘men’s cave’!
Our good times continued and friends tripled. The traditional ‘Fridays at Tuckshop’ thrive on with more regulars coming in and stupid talks carry on before we go home to be ‘the stern fathers’ again…. ‘Headdress night’, ‘Engineerboots nights’ are some crazy themes we carried out on Fridays. These are good memories that will last.
Seemingly perfect, we are not satisfied. We know we can do better by creating a better environment for all our friends and regulars.
And so, on this 5th year of Obbi Good Label, we found our perfect space – 25 BALI LANE.
An old, old pre-war conservation house, it is a 2-storey building with a mezzanine.
Obbi Good Label will continue to have a staircase… on the 2nd level.
Partitions are built up to create exclusivity of the leather workshop. Craftsmen will be seen working on this room through a glass window.
Atelier Lodge will continue its leather classes in their ‘classroom’.
We leave the renovation to the professionals. We will use 1 week to prepare the workshop and classroom ourselves and will be operative on the 2nd Sept 2013.
Work stoppages are expected from 23rd Aug 2013.
We sincerely hope you can understand and would appreciate if you will come and visit us in the new workshop when we start.
It is the new era of Obbi Good Label, Handmade Leather Company of Singapore.
In terms of leather belt making, we generally choose the best available leather in thickness, adding a solid and cool buckle. That usually will be sufficient. (I presume).
After years of making leather belts out of thick leather, plain looking, we call for a change.
This coming quarter of 2013, we added a new design of leather belt. Inspired by the old wild west, we present to you our ‘Western Holster’ belt.
Made of Japanese Aniline leather, natural tanned with thickness around 9 to 10oz.
Top surface is smooth and underside processed. Leather is soft but extremely durable.
One good characteristic of this leather is that it conforms to shape easily. My belt of 3 months usage has a curve contour when lying down flat.
Apart from the leather properties, design features made up most selling point.
As said, it is an old western inspired belt, we cut it taper towards the tip both ends. This feature of belt is common with any gun carrying cowboy in the past where they were required to draw their gun fast for the kill.
Thicker width on the belt loops area ensure snug fit of belt so that guns can be drawn out straight from holsters without dangling of extra moving space of belt and loops.
Well, if you understand leather crafting, you will surely notice that the taper cut also indicates that this can only be hand-cut.
With thoughts far into the wild, wild west, belt stitching is a definite feature for any western belt.
We researched some nice patterns and settle for this design – The Gunfighter stitch. Of course, the name is already a plus point!
Even though this belt is one of our pride product, we still respect your choice of plain looking, thick belts. But adding a ‘Gunfighter’ stitch belt for a variety in your wardrobe is certainly a good alternative.
This segment of WX2 Tradesman, lets look at how an Editor wallet should be.
Flipping back our records of custom-made wallets, we remember this design, the Ranonranonrat wallet. A wallet designed by the user that is unique and one of its look.
While we were brainstorming for a tradesman wallet for the ‘white collar’ class, we looked back and improvised the Ranonranonrat wallet.
The design aesthetic remains originally. A bi-fold concept with coin compartment outside and strap snap closure.
We uses black and natural leather this time round. Dimension for this wallet is 5″ long, 3.25″ breadth and 0.5 thick when close.
The detail on the coin compartment is this ‘expandable’ technique which is quite rarely used on leathercraft. The common ones you see are slit open all the way down to the bottom. On ours, the slit was cut out 2/3 downwards.
Internally, we have 6 card slots in total, 4 suitable for credit cards, 2 bottom slots are stack slot, which is good for namecards. Money clip for bills to slim down the overall thickness of the wallet.
Thread colours are matching with the leathers, white threads for natural and black thread for black leather. The reason is to maintain minimalism on the wallet external without being too ‘contrasty’ but yet still unique.
Previously, we showcased WX2 for the Military. From this week onwards, we will feature WX2 Tradesmen. Similarly making only limited pieces, the Tradesmen range focus on the modern day occupations.
Wallets cater for or specifically functional for particular trade.
First to start is our Frequent Traveller Mid Wallet.
Made out of Ostrich-embossed cowhide leather, the texture is ‘bumpy’. These spots are the pores of the ostrich feathers. Exotic and unique, they are soft by itself.
Expect a shinier surface after some usage.
Constructed with inner lining of oil-tanned cowhide leather, we make sure the storage space is ample for a regular traveller. A zipper compartment for coins, receipts or amulets, is set in between 2 compartments. These compartments can fit passports, bills (fold-up), or travelling notes.
The fun is, we incorporated a card holder of 6 slots, detachable from the wallet!
A good and flexible design feature during your transit waiting, keeping the main wallet in safe bag and only using the cardholder for quick meals.
On the external, it is a 2 hidden button closure concept, with curve shape outline. Check out the pictures below closely, apart from the pores, you can see the grains and lines on the surface.
And by looking at them even more closely, you will notice the different threads we use externally and internally. The reason of this is to match the colour of the different leather we use.
This model will be available on Obbi Good Label webstore end of July.