A few years ago I featured Leanda Trautman’s beautiful Happiness bags and after taking some time off and having two bambinos, Alex and Marla, she’s back with an incredible line of handcrafted leather bags.
Her bags are made using only the finest soft, thick, nut toffee coloured leather. The leather also features an anti- scratch oil protection layer, which makes caring for your bag simple.
“I have two beautiful daughters: Alex and Marla. They are the love of my life.
It is the unconditional love between us that occupies my thoughts and makes me happy.
Years ago I decided to see what working with leather was like. Immediately, I realized that this was something I’ll always want to do. I love it, it is my passion, the kind of passion that makes my working hours fly.
When I am working I feel I am creating something special, something unique… something from me.
I live to be inspired. And I transform that inspiration into designing and making leather bags. Being able to share them, makes me happy.”
I’ve featured Ilundi’s lovely leather goods here before, but I’ve just noticed there’s a whole new range available on the Ilundi website. So click here to read my previous chat with Safia Stodel, the designer behind the range, or pop onto her website to check it out.
“Ilundi products are labours of love. They can take up to 14 hours to make by hand. Every hole is hand punched and every stitch hand sewn. No sewing machines are used. We prefer to do things with just our hands, which is the hard way but also the best way. We sew our products with the reliable saddle stitch, which is one of the oldest stitches used in leather work.”
Photos by: http://www.lifephotography.co.za/
I absolutely love this new range of leather and velt goods by Janine Mollentze owner and designer at Veltwerk. Janine is a freelance content producer who lives in Cape Town. She told Handsome Things a bit about her background, inspiration and how Veltwerk got started.
“I grew up watching my grandmother cut patterns, sew, knit and crochet everything and anything. It was just something that was part of my life. As a teenager I was always interested in fashion, and I would ask her to to make garments from the designs I drew up.
After high school I studied both Journalism and Fine Arts, but due to my short attention span I never finished either, but rather took the time to travel abroad and immersed myself into learning about European cultures. It was in London that I got a broader understanding of the international fashion industry and even though I worked in the VFX industry, I spent a lot of my free time online and on the high streets appreciating beautiful apparel and accessories.
Janine and Mymy
Ever since I can remember, I have been creative and I’ve always had a great appreciation for art, fashion, and photography. On my return to SA in 2012, all I wanted was to lose myself in any creative activity I could find, sewing was one of these, and I quickly started dreaming up ideas for bags, scanning the internet for inspiration.
I purchased materials and started experimenting at home but soon realised that working with leather is not an easy task and started sourcing more advanced production methods.
Now I am more involved in design and material sourcing than the manufacturing, but believe that I have a personal connection with the concepts of my collections and that VELTWERK as a brand is a functional expression of who I am. How it will evolve in future is going to have a lot to do with my new life on African soil.
I recently also started producing a range of contemporary ceramics that will be available for purchase in our online shop very soon. Keep your eyes on our website veltwerk.co.za“