Leather, with a Dash of Literature.
Literary Leather was born out of a love for literature, and an obsession with the look and feel of a well-crafted physical book. We started as book binders, printing classic literature on thick cartridge paper and binding it in our own unique style, where rustic charm and minimal simplicity collide to produce a beautiful, elegant book, bound in natural vegetable tanned leather.
It didn't take long for the love of leather to consume us, and we began to experiment with other leather goods. We stuck to the old-world crafting techniques that made our books so durable, doing absolutely everything by hand to ensure our products would last a lifetime - and likely more. Today, we make everything from books to travel bags, with new designs coming all the time.
Hand Crafted to Last a Lifetime
What makes our products so durable? It all starts with the most durable leather there is: vegetable tanned leather. Vegetable tanned leather is naturally tanned using a blend of tannins from bark, branches and leaves in a lengthy process carried out by experienced tanners. Unlike many other tanning methods, vegetable tanning doesn't use any harmful chemicals, and its drastically longer lifespan means there is no wasteful usage of animal skins. Vegetable tanned leather truly is the most environmentally responsible leather there is - and it's downright beautiful too.
Next, we stitch all of our products entirely by hand using thick waxed thread. We use a centuries-old sewing technique called saddle stitching, using two needles to pass the thread back and forth, alternating either side of the leather. This means that if one of the threads happens to be damaged in an accident involving sharp objects, there is still an entire line of stitching that is more than capable of holding the piece together on its own. Additionally, we put an extra little twist on the threads at every single stitch, cinching them tight so that if one of the threads ever does get damaged, it won't be able to pull out past the individual stitch. This time-consuming technique allows us to guarantee that the stitching will never come undone.