LusciousleatherNYC on Etsy

I have known about Aixa Sobin’s work for some time now. She is rumoured to never sleep as she works amazingly well and amazingly quickly, plus she answers her mail and Etsy messages blisteringly fast. The first time I saw her work, this one is what fascinated me:

Refillable journal/sketchbook with cross-body strap
Refillable journal/sketchbook with cross-body strap

But the one I ordered was this one:

‘This journal is made of extremely heavy weight 7 to 9 ounce belt weight leather sewn with saddle stitching in contrast thread all the way around the journal. Leather latch made out of recycled belt.’ Look at the beautiful grain on this leather. And to find such nice thick heavy leather is HEAVEN!
‘I have a studio where I sew each piece by hand. I hand cut and hand punch and hand stitch everything. And I mean everything. Stitching one stitch at a time, with no shortcuts. Our philosophy is to sew everything twice and when necessary use double thread. So most of our products have four threads in each hole. I do that because I believe in making something well and durable, because what you make speaks for you and who you are. And what stays behind is your art and your craft and that’s what people will remember. And most importantly it feels good to make something well.’
‘We recycle leather, use farm leather when we can, re-purpose as much as possible, use no machines to punch or cut or sew. All done with human hands. We also use no patterns guaranteeing a truly one of a kind piece every single time. We make what we design and we design what we make. If any item you buy from us has any issue with it due to wear and tear we will repair it for free forever no questions asked.’
‘Every single leather item is hand cut, hand punched and hand stitched. My leather goods are machine free, robot free, electricity free completely human produced’

Find Aixa’s Etsy shop here

For me the service offered by any vendor is just as important as the product. It is so nice to be treated like an individual in an increasingly massproduced world. Thank you Aixa!

Here is my one – made of super-thick belt leather (but flexible):

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Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

4 thoughts

  1. Very nice! Quadruple stitching will last forever! She does nice work. Back in the early 80’s, we used to do leather work as a hobby – mostly for family and friends. It was the “real” variety, not just the stamping type. It was a lot of fun and a good hobby. When we moved almost 17 years ago, the movers would not carry anything liquid or possibly flammable. We left all of our dyes, etc. behind. I have been thinking about it recently but not sure if I still have the energy to get back to it. It would be fun though. Will give it some thought! Finding supplies where we are now living would be impossible so that would be a problem.

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