How is a great hand bag made? It’s about hitting your mark. LeTrav’s mark is excellence. It’s about finessing and coercing the leather into fine lines-- A bag with even stitching, straight seams and tight corners. You may have never considered these elements when selecting a bag. But, you’ve certainly been frustrated when those elements are missing and your bag unravels or shreds after basic use. This past week I’ve devoted myself to mastering every nuance of the LeTrav bag. The result has been a sore neck, stiff fingers, and occasionally a pounding headache. It’s been worth it. As I laid down that last stitch, I knew I’d hit my mark.
I've been working on a leather trimmed briefcase / backpack which we hope will be made right here in Portland Oregon. The patterns are coming along. the shop is slowly being set up. And my fingers hurt. I have been making the first set of prototypes but all my years carpentry has taken it toll. Once I have the patterns ironed out it's off to the store to find all the materials. It seems to me to be one of the hardest parts to find just the right mix of colors and finishes. Stay tuned for an interactive page where you can play with colors and put in your opinion.