photo credit: Fabian Palencia
My middle name is Louise! I was working on a collaboration with some friends and realized I had to come up with a name to put on the tag going inside the bag – and it fit perfectly. I've been Louise Goods ever since.
The House Collection is a luxury collection of wallets, bags, belts, and fobs. The bags all maintain the same square construction, designed literally from the bottom of the bag up. Everything in the House Collection is made to order and all wallets and luggage tags are able to be monogrammed! Please allow 1-2 weeks on all made to order items -- everything is 100% handmade and handsewn!!
The Variety Collection is currently comprised of samples, one offs, and styles available in limited quantities. Everything listed is already completed and stocked and will ship out within 48 hours of ordering. Several of the styles will eventually be sewn by machine to expedite production and minimize labor costs, but at the moment nearly everything listed is handsewn. My intention with this collection was to be able to do a bit more experimenting and limited runs, while exploring different types of leathers, so there is very little cohesion to the collection -- which is how it got the name Variety.
Process & Materials
Everything I make is designed, cut, channeled, punched, riveted, sewn, and burnished by hand in my studio, currently located in Lemoore, CA, USA. Wallets take 2-6 hours to make, and bags can take 6-15 hours. Because of the handmade quality of my work, there will be minor imperfections – I may be strong, but I'm not a machine! My humanity gives me character, which translates to the work I do with leather.
The House collection is cut from American-made vegetable tanned & English Bridle leather, sourced directly from a US tannery specializing in vegetable-tanned leathers. All of the hides are by-products of the meat-packing industry, and no cows were killed only for their skin. The Variety Collection is comprised of leathers from all over the world, but the majority are American-made veg tanned harness leathers. Everything is sewn by hand with waxed thread, as has been the tradition of leatherworkers for centuries. The stitches made while handsewing hold up extremely well at stress points and lend themselves to quicker repairs: when a handsewn stitch pops, you only lose the stitch in question, unlike machine sewn stitches, which tend to unravel several stitches. All of the rivets are hand-set and all of my work is cut by hand. I do use a dremel to expedite burnishing on the bridle leather, otherwise I'd be burnishing in my sleep.
If you want more info on leather, check out the Blog and Leather Care sections. I'm working on posting some how-tos and process shots. If you have any questions about leatherwork, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!
Want to know more about Beka & Louise Goods? Read about How It Started!