Hide & Sleek – Women’s tote hand bag

Hide & Sleek – Women’s tote hand bag

This one is my best project yet. Commissioned by a friend as a gift for his girlfriend, he wanted a women’s version of my large tote bag. Combining suede together with the tan leather, incorporating inside and outside pockets, the design transforms from a simple basic tote to a more sophisticated  women’s handbag… The resulting … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – Blanket harness

Hide & Sleek – Blanket harness

I recently managed to find a real steal on eBay, a vintage Woolrich wool blanket… for a tenth of it’s retail price. I could believe my eyes after my friend dropped it over from NYC, it looked new! Stunning colours and fantastically warm… very apt for our late false starting summer!! Not being able to … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – MacBook Air sleeve

Hide & Sleek – MacBook Air sleeve

This one was for a friend who liked my Mac and iPad sleeves and wanted something similar for his Mac Book air… so I made a felt and Leather hybrid of the two, with a double layer of felt and leather pocket for extra protection. (pictures shown with my iPad)

Hide & Sleek – Florists pouch

Hide & Sleek – Florists pouch

This one is a commission for a florist friend’s business partner and fellow florist. Loosely based on the hairdressers pouch this one is a slightly simpler symmetrical design with tool pockets concealed inside. So whether at work or just out and about the pouch doesn’t look like a builders belt but an attractive leather accessory. … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – Watch strap

Hide & Sleek – Watch strap

Just put together a new replacement strap for my watch in my favourite leather. I can’t wait for it to age, it will just get better every day… If you have an old or broken strap and want a replacement… drop me a line. Just remember to keep your old watch so I can use … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – Mac BookPro case

Hide & Sleek – Mac BookPro case

After my Mac Book’s case broke… I decide it was the ideal time to put one together myself. So putting together my favourite combination of  leather and wool felt (like my iPad sleeve) I designed a case that incorporated a small grip handle so the case could be used in isolation as well as thrown … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – Hairdresser’s pouch

Hide & Sleek – Hairdresser’s pouch

Just completed this commission for my girl friends hairdresser. To be honest, its been so long since I’ve been to a hairdresser, I didn’t even know they used pouches!! But apparently they do use them for keeping their tools of their trade close at hand. After being provided with an old broken pouch,  I was left … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – Mum’s red tote bag

Hide & Sleek – Mum’s red tote bag

For Christmas I made my mum a red leather hand bag (Photos and post to follow soon). From the left over leather I put together one of my simple tote bag designs. The only difference on this bag is the hemmed top and additional leather washers on the studs for additional strength. This design is … Continue reading

Lessons in leather

Lessons in leather

By now you know I love my leather goods and I bang on about the stuff of HIDE! Well, the below article is as educational to me as it will be to the rest of you (Tanners not included). Learn about the different types of leather hide, finish and what gets my creative juices flowing! … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – BELTS!

Hide & Sleek – BELTS!

Well this bunch was a no-brainer… after forking out fortunes for my last belt form the US, I looked into getting some suitably tough thick belt leather and the relevant hardware, only to discover I could make 4-5 belts for the price of my last purchased one. Here are two 1.5 inch with belts, one … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – James’s camera strap

Hide & Sleek – James’s camera strap

One of the many James’s amongst my friends and friends of friends decided to commission me for a camera strap in Black leather and dark grey melange wool felt for his Canon 50D… A slight variation on the original design but basically the same construction, the strap will certainly add some comfort to his future … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – Glasses case

Hide & Sleek – Glasses case

Its been a while since I have made anything, the last job tired me out some what… Frankie’s huge folio bag! However, through necessity I made myself a glasses case. Using my favourite tan leather and 3mm grey melange wool felt. With the addition of a small strap and D-ring. Although the strap is almost redundant … Continue reading