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A Word About Colors...
We offer our fine leather products in a variety of colors - Black, Hershey, British Tan, Chestnut, Green, Ivory and more.  We take extreme care to match colors and grains, but since leather is a natural product, each hide is a little different and every dye lot is a little different too. 

Remember, what you see on your computer screen is only an approximation of the actual color, and computer screens can vary quite a bit from one to the next. 

We want you to be happy with your Latigo Bay bag, so if you are trying to match an existing piece, or want to see exactly what color your bag will be, please call or email us and we will send you a sample. 

Business, Travel and Personal Product Colors:

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The French Binding
Several of my designs feature the clean, turned French binding.  This is a process which starts with a bag that is almost completed.  At this stage, a normal bag would be turned inside out and sewn together - turn it right side out and it's done. 

For French binding, the bag is put together with right sides out and sewn (now all the rough edges are showing).  The binding is now sewn to the face of the bag with the right sides together (inside out).  Next the binding is turned to the right side, and clipped or glued to wrap around the rough edge of the bag.  Now the binding is sewn again with the stitching hidden between the binding and the face of the bag.  When that's done the excess binding is trimmed off with a very sharp scissors.  Great care must be taken in all these steps. 

And now you have a nice clean finish on your bag!
Leather Go Naked

There's leather, and then there's leather...

Our bags are made of a completely natural, uncorrected full-grain, deertanned cowhide.  The curing method is long, but it results in a leather that is soft and supple to the touch, yet extremely durable.

Special care is taken not to cover the leather's natural markings with paint, sealers, or artificial finishes.  Instead, clean aniline colors are used that enhance rather than conceal the natural markings of the leather.  In the business, it's called a "naked finish", the best available.  Unlike the common leather used in most bags, when you scratch it, you can easily oil it to return it to its original excellence.

On the inside of our bags, we've used a Kroupana® Sueded Pigskin.  If you think "Blue Suede Shoes" is normal suede, you might not recognize ours.  Kroupana suede has a feel and a look that is smoother and more luxurious than common suede.  It resists stains, soiling and shedding.

In our unique tanning process, Scotchgard® Leather Protector is actually tanned into the Kroupana suede - not merely sprayed on - making this special protection long lasting and durable.

There's nothing better than the quality of Latigo Bay leather goods!
Our Process
This is where it all begins.  We start with a premium aniline-dyed cowhide - the finest leather available.  It has oils tanned into it to give it a nice soft feel and it is dyed all the way through, so scratches can be blended into the leather.  Every hide is different, so Barbara carefully selects the hide, depending on what type of bag she is making.  A large travel bag or briefcase calls for heavier leather, while a small purse needs softer, lighter-weight leather.

Barbara cuts every piece out by hand, no "cookie-cutter" dies or machine-stamped-out pieces used here.  Each pattern piece is carefully laid out before cutting.  Straps and bases of bags are cut out of a firmer area of the hide, while binding is cut out of the softest, thinnest area.

After several bags are cut out, they move over to the glue bench.  Barbara lays out each piece to be glued and turned before sewing zippers, bases, pockets, pocket flaps, handles and straps.  Every piece is glued, edges folded over and pounded.  A simple step, but extremely important to the finished look of the bag.  Look carefully at the finished bag, as there are no exposed raw edges.  Turned edges are one of the elements that contribute to the clean lines of the finished bag.

Sue has been working with Barbara for about 10 years now.  So every single bag will have been sewn by Sue or Barbara or both.  Like Barbara, Sue's grandmother taught her to sew when she was about nine, now this is kind of scary: we added up both their years of sewing experience and came up with eighty years!

Customers at our craft shows who are seamstresses are always complimenting us on our beautiful stitching.  They are in awe of the nice straight stitching on straps, zippers, pockets, around curves on pockets, the x-stitched handles, the clean, turned French binding...!  Everywhere you look on the bag, our craftsmanship and experience is evident - even on the inside where it doesn't really show (but you know it is there).

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