Hide & Sleek – Frankie’s folio bag

Hide & Sleek – Frankie’s folio bag

This is my largest project to date, even more that my tote bag! A commission from my old long term Frankie, he came to me will a pretty specific brief. And over sized A2 folio bag in dark leather, stitched in matching non-contract thread and with no hardware at all if possible. Luckily I had … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – Drinks bottle pouch

Hide & Sleek – Drinks bottle pouch

This ones an odd-ball… not ashamed to admit I’m hugely influenced by Japanese culture, I noted allot of kids wearing climbers chalk pouches on their belts. On top of the fact I had stunning French marine carabina lying around, I thought I knock something up. Adding some navy canvas and white elastic, the pouch began … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – Julian’s wallet & lanyard

Hide & Sleek – Julian’s wallet & lanyard

A few snaps of a recently finished wallet and lanyard ordered by my mate Julian. Lets hope he is pleased with them as I am…!! Anyone else fancy a set? Here’s the wallet a few weeks later, wearing in very nicely! Facebook photo library

Dribbble

Dribbble

Just opened a new Dribbble account to pipe up some more creative interest. Its a great source of inspiration and to se what creative juices are flowing around the planet! Check my page out on: dribbble.com/JimmyB

Hide & Sleek – Apple SuperDrive sleeve.

Hide & Sleek – Apple SuperDrive sleeve.

Well this little one was a bit of self indulgence. After waiting four and a half years for Apple to bring out their new MacBook Pro, I finally upgraded my computer. (which is for sale, by the way… all refurbished etc) Consequently I needed to get the external SuperDrive which left me with the problem, … Continue reading

Terrariums… fish bowl gardening

Terrariums… fish bowl gardening

With this years summer taking an age to arrive… if it ever does, my green fingers are itching to get busy. As well as my garden I like to create some miniature indoor gardens in the form or Terrariums. I know, ‘Very 80’s” you’re saying, but they’re making a come back and in a much … Continue reading

Hyperrealism

Hyperrealism

As a younger artist I was fascinated with airbrush art and the ability some artists had in producing photorealistic  images and art. Learning how these amazing artists retouched photos and created their own images that simply looked ‘real’ compelled me to try and master the airbrush myself. Needless to say, before I even came close … Continue reading

Goro’s – Navajo Nippon craftsmanship

Goro’s – Navajo Nippon craftsmanship

My love for Americana – Japanese design, clothing, leather goods alike has made me stumble upon some amazing designers and brands on my travels over the years, whether I was mooching around alleyways abroad or sifting through the many blogs and websites online… Over the past years a name has cropped up several times but … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – Biker belt pouch

Hide & Sleek – Biker belt pouch

To be honest, this one was born out of frustration. I wanted to make something different but didn’t know what. Whilst riding my bike with my headphones on (not advisable) that I got frustrated with my iPod , headphone cables and general difficulty getting hold of anything on my person whilst on my bike that … Continue reading

Watch this space… Panerai…

Watch this space… Panerai…

Yes, being the average bloke, I like gadgets, gear and, of course, watches. But far from average are Panerai, the watches of my dreams. Italian designed  and Swiss made, Panerai are the watch of the moment. But at first glance you may not believe they belong with the super watch elite… Yes their top of the … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – Kobo eReader cover

Hide & Sleek – Kobo eReader cover

Kobo eReader cover Like my iPod cover but for my Fe’s new Kobo, this cover is in the same red leather as the tote bag, combined with some light grey wool felt. With no flap this cover just sits snug around the Kobo protecting the screen when stored. Simple but effective. This design can be … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – More accessories

Hide & Sleek – More accessories

Accessories Here are a couple more lanyards and bracelet from a spare leather strap I had lying around. The longer lanyard is a 35cm long and based on the previous commissioned version and the smaller key fob version is 12cm long.(to replace my broken one…) The first layard has gone to its new very happy … Continue reading

Hide & Sleek – Lanyard

Hide & Sleek – Lanyard

Lanyard This one is a commission piece. But as I was so pleased with the way it turned out, I’m offering it to order. Made to measure, in the leather of your choice and with the hardware of request, these truly are bespoke. Thanks to youtube, the platted leather braid is another feather in my hat…! … Continue reading