To be a great brand you need to be a great company. Our people are our greatest asset, so naturally it´s not only about what we make, but equally important how we make it. When we launched Sandlund/Hossain in 2016, we decided that we are going to make the most beautiful, durable and sustainable leather bags in the world. We will soon release our project that will radically change the ways of leather production and the life of many families. It may just be worth the while for you to follow us in the near future…
It all started back in 1977 when Anders Sandlunds parents, Jan and Inger Sandlund, made a life changing decision. They left the spruce bark tannery and the small village of Böle and joined The Swedish Swallows to work as volunteers in Bangladesh.
In their new home, the rural village Bagatipara, they made new friends, among them Atiq and Dolly Hossain. Atiq, a former teacher in Bagatipara, and his wife shared the same ambition as Jan and Inger, to strive for progress and social development, especially amongst the poor and young.
When Jan and Inger moved back to Böle in 1979, the Hossains and Sandlunds stayed in touch. 20 years later the families met again and decided that the best way to bring about change is to create work opportunities. Eventually they started a joint venture manufacturing leather goods in Bangladesh.
We spring from generations of uncompromising people. Our origins trace back to 1899 when Oskar Sandlund founded Böle Tannery, one of the last spruce bark tanneries in the world, and probably one of the oldest. More than 100 years has passed since, yet the practise, devotion and tradition remains the same. Our tanning process, transforming raw hide into luxury leather, is literally the same. The water in our tanning vats has actually not been changed since 1918.
Simplicity is what defines Böle Tannery. We believe it´s the key to quality and durability. The main reason we insist on natural spruce bark tanning is obviously the quality of the uniquely beautiful and durable leather. But there are some practical reasons as well. The tannery is perfectly situated just south of the Arctic Circle, along Pite river and its clean waters. Also the cattle in our cold surroundings is less exposed to hide-damaging insects, and their living environment is less likely to damage their hide. Some even speculate that the cold climate creates a tighter and more robust hide, more suitable for making durable leather. As for spruce bark, it´s ample in the woods growing all around us.
Anders Sandlund is the co-founder of Sandlund/Hossain, along with Tulin Hossain. Anders is the 4th generation of Sandlunds and the great grandson of Oskar Sandlund, founder of Böle Tannery. As the heir of Böle Tannery he was born into this unique and rare tradition.
Remaining true to the authenticity that defines Böle Tannery Sandlund/Hossain intends to take the tradition and uncompromising way of thinking about quality and sustainability into the future.
Today the Sandlund/Hossain studio in Dhaka occupies 30 employees. We are a young brand with a clear intent; apart from making the most beautiful, durable and sustainable bags in the world, our mission is to create an enduring brand that takes full responsibility for our people, our partners, our customers and our environment.
Our products touch the lives of hundreds of workers and their families, and we are committed to drive positive social and environmental change through our brand.