My Journey Crafting Sustainable Leather Goods with sleaves

My Journey Crafting Sustainable Leather Goods with sleaves

Hey there! I'm Mike Pickett, the founder of sleaves, where we create handcrafted leather goods with a sustainable twist.

Self portrait of sleaves owner, Mike Pickett, sitting as his leather workbench wearing a black sleaves and holding a sleaves cardholder. At sleaves, we're all about combining traditional craftsmanship with modern sustainability. As a leather enthusiast with a passion for eco-friendly practices, I wanted to create a brand that not only produces high-quality leather goods but also cares for the environment. That's why we use only vegetable-tanned leather, which is not only more eco-friendly but also results in a durable and long-lasting end product.

So, how do I create these unique leather goods that you'll love to use and show off? Let me take you behind the scenes of my creative process.

It all starts with inspiration or sometimes a pattern from other leather makers in the community. I gather pieces of a specific style from sources like Pinterest and Google image search or sometimes imagine a design I feel would be useful to my buyers, saving as many as 10 or even 20 images that capture my vision. These images serve as a starting point for my design process, and I use them to sketch out ideas either on paper or on my iPad. As a graphic designer with over 20 years of experience, I then use Adobe Illustrator to draft patterns and bring my ideas to life in the form of templates which are then used to create leather goods.

Once I have a finished concept sketch, I move on to creating mockups from leather. I personally test these mockups for functionality, durability, and aesthetic appeal. I want to make sure that each sleaves product not only looks great but also serves its purpose and stands up to everyday use.

Feedback from customers has been incredibly positive. We've received comments like "Love my wallet from Sleaves. Well made, love the color. I get so many compliments" and "I bought a black and blue Sycamore Leather cardholder and I'm so pleased with it. It's thin enough to remove the hideous bulge from my front pocket." It's always rewarding to see our products being loved and appreciated by our customers.

Product review from where the buyer has written "Love my wallet from Sleaves. Well made, love the colour. I get so many compliments. Easy to order on website."

Looking ahead, my vision for sleaves is to become a household name in the leather goods industry. I'm constantly working on generating original ideas that captivate our customers and set us apart in the market. My short-term goal is to continue growing sleaves into something I can share with the world, while my long-term vision is to make Sleaves my main source of income.

So, whether you're looking for a unique, handcrafted leather product or you're passionate about sustainable and eco-friendly choices, sleaves is the brand for you. I'm proud of what we've achieved so far, and I'm excited to continue creating beautiful and sustainable leather goods that you'll love to use for years to come.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!

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