The details

Bark

Spruce bark tannin is one of our favorite and probably the rarest of many vegetable tannins. Our 1.8 mm thick leather is tanned with quebracho and mimosa bark extracts. It is dyed with EU approved azo free colouring agents and applied to the leather in a drum, not pigmented on the grain.

The more common ones are bark (from quebracho, oak or mimosa) or fruit (tara) extracts.  Our 1.8 mm thick leather is tanned with quebracho and mimosa bark extracts. It is dyed with EU approved azo free colouring agents and applied to the leather in a drum, not pigmented on the grain.

Our leather

The leather in our bags and leather goods is full-grain leather meaning that the hides are not sanded nor buffed in order to remove imperfections on the surface (as opposed to top-grain or corrected leather). By keeping the grain natural the fibre strength and durability is preserved. Full-Grain leather is sourced from the outermost section of the hide and is the most sought-after leather for its durability and character. Only about 5 percent of all upholstery leathers produced worldwide can be graded as Full-Grain leather. The raw skins feature an intact natural surface grain but without too many markings or imperfections. And only the very best hides make the cut.

Only Full-Grain leather is suitable for aniline dying, a process that relies exclusively on soluble vegetable dyes (vegetable tanned) without covering the surface with a topcoat. The result is a rich, luxurious finish that retains the hide’s natural surface grain and achieves a lustrous, individual patina that is enhanced with the passing of time. The only coating our bags get is in the final step, when they are applied with natural leather balm for protection.

Lining

The lining in a Sandlund/Hossain bag is custom made by a women cooperative in Thanapara village, close to our home village Bagatipara. It is made from ecological cotton that is produced organically without any pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The yarn is weaved by hand and dyed with vegetable dye, an extract from acacia trees that is called Catechu and often used as a food additive and astringent. The process involves boiling the wood in water and evaporating the resulting brew. Catechu is also known as cutch, black cutch, cachou, khoyer, terra Japonica and Japan earth. As astringent it has been used since ancient times in Ayurvedic medicine as well as in breath-freshening spice mixtures – for example in France and Italy it is used in some liquorice pastilles. It is also an important ingredient in South Asian cooking paan mixtures, such as ready-made paan-masala and gutka.

YKK-Zippers

YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha and is probably the most famous global producer of zips, snaps & buttons.
We use their high end luxury quality metal zippers with polished symmetrical teeth. They are manufactured with upmost care; with the application of single preformatted elements to the tape one by one, it guarantees perfect movement of the slider on the chain and is extremely soft to the touch. The shiny surface is achieved by delicately shaving off the surface of standard metal zippers. They not only look amazing but are amazingly smooth to handle as well.