2023 Update from Belle:
While I am living in Italy, my Maine Leather Company shop is temporarily closed.
Custom orders are welcome during this time as I have set up a simple studio and a local source for Italian leather.
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Sewing has been an essential part of human existence since early humans began stitching together animal hides. As advancements in technology have brought convenience to the forefront of human life, sewing has evolved accordingly. Today, there is a global emphasis on the accelerated construction of garments and accessories. Mass production, and even sometimes small scale production has been completely digitized. At Maine Leather Company, the emphasis is instead on each piece being made by hand through a thoughtful process, from design to creation.
Cutting and stitching, each piece of leather is brought to life. For me, the design process has less to do with pencil on paper and more hands on leather. Much more than a bag or leather object, these pieces are extensions of my imagination.
Leather is inherently durable, and I want the stitching to match that. Not only does hand stitching add an intrinsic beauty to the piece, but the method in which the thread is stitched, enhances the quality - a factor that I refuse to sacrifice.
A Maine-based company sources our leather via an American operated tannery located in León, Guanajuato Mexico. All of the hardware used in the creation of these pieces is solid brass, sourced from a New England based company.
The custom bag was beautifully made and my partner loved it. The rotating latch was a nice touch as well. Looking forward to purchasing your products in the future.
Love, love, love this (Kinsella) bag in pebble tan. Need a BLACK bag to complete my wardrobe.
I have been meaning to send this email since I received my Kinsella bag a few weeks ago. I absolutely love it! It is exactly what I wanted and I am so glad that I ordered it. The quality of your workmanship is fantastic. Wishing you all the best with your company.
I carry my doctors bag every day, I love it more and more with time :)