LONDON, United Kingdom — The art of “making your own” has received something of a resurgence in recent years and in a quest for self-sufficiency and unique style choices, many may be tempted to put their hand to accessories design, but where should you begin? Fabros handbags takes a simple design and transforms it into something truly stylish, sophisticated and sustainable. In this step-by-step piece they will take you through how to create your very own collection.
Designed in Denmark and handmade in Argentina, Fabros handbags have become hallmarks for generations of craftsmanship, with the effects visible from the zipper to the seams. Established in 2012, founder Jeanette Fabros Knudsen first came across the Argentine leather industry when she working as an intern at the Danish Embassy in Buenos Aires and has been fascinated by the story surrounding the Gauchos and their way of living ever since, a story central to her simplistic, authentic and transparent creations.
Step 1 – The design
“Our brand is founded on sustainability and transparency across the entire value chain. It all starts with the design phase, where we cooperate with Danish designers and together develop an inspiration board. We do not follow fast moving trends, but instead aim to produce designs that can last for a lifetime,” states Jeanette.
The Fabros philosophy is simple — beautifully handcrafted leather products made with integrity, authenticity and transparency are the new luxury.
Step 2 – The tanning process
Vegetable tanning is notoriously hard work, that’s why the Fabros design team employs proud Argentine craftsmen in local, family-owned tanneries. It takes experience, as well as a dedication to quality to produce the kind of leather that deserves to be respected. The leather itself comes from Argentine grass-fed, free-range cows and is special due to the unique climate and geography of the Pampas. Shockingly, only 10% of all leather worldwide is vegetable tanned, which is why natural leather is so highly valued and treasured. Jeanette adds:
I would suggest fellow accessory designers, both amateur and professional, educate themselves in where raw materials come from and how they have been produced. For me it was an eye opener to get to know the leather industry.
Step 3 – The workshop
The products are then handcrafted in small, family-owned workshops on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, spaces that have been in the families for generations. All Fabros handbags are handmade with respect for traditional processes and by using family-owned workshops, the brand create more jobs and identify possibilities to improve working conditions.
“For those looking to make their own unique accessories at home knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and when to get additional help in order to develop the accessories, is important,” highlights Jeanette.
Step 4 – Aftercare
With a strong focus on providing essentials with a long lasting design and quality, Fabros aims to remain part of your favourite accessories season after season.
“Our leather bags are all made from vegetable tanned leather and the product actually breathes however strange this may sound. It can be compared to taking good care of our own skin — it needs moisture and protection. Like the human skin, leather ages with a beautiful patina, the more it is used,” concludes Jeanette.
Good quality is always a good investment and careful research about maintenance and proper cleaning procedures can be extremely valuable. Armed with the right information, you will be ready to take excellent care of your handmade leather handbag for years to come.