Our Bridle Collection – Crafted by hand in New England
We’ve spent the past two years searching globally for the best vegetable-tanned and fully struck-through bridle leather, sampling hides from around the world. After selecting only the best leather we could find, we took some of our most popular styles along with some new designs and crafted a truly unrivaled collection.
All of our bridal pieces are incredibly smooth, strong, and handsome. The very nature of the bridle leather allows each bag to stand up on its own – no slouching and no leaning. With each day, a bridle leather Lotuff bag will take on a form of its own - developing a unique character, patina, and look. It’s a traditional collection meant to last for years.
Shop our bridle collection here.
This past week saw our workshop full of activity. The smell of newly arrived and freshly cut leather wafted through the air, and the sounds of machines were an inviting hum.
It was high time to take another peak into the handcrafted world of Lotuff.
Take a walk through with us to see some of the bags New England is delivering to the world:
This English briefcase takes a rest during its owner Linhbergh’s trip to Phoenix, Arizona.
See this picture and others at his blog here
Joe Lotuff assembling the train set he inherited from his grandfather.
William F. Buckley Jr. is quoted as saying “industry is the enemy of melancholy.” I’m reminded of this thought every time I think of my grandfather and the set of scale model locomotives he passed down to me.
It was sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s when my grandmother was involved in a serious car accident that planted her in bed for about a year. My grandfather took care of her and didn’t leave the house much until she was better.
During this time, he developed a scale model railroad. He would go every week to Henry’s Hobby House in Worcester to pick up a new locomotive and whatever else he would need to lay down his tracks. He didn’t have a particularly large house, but the basement was a one room equivalent of the whole house. He had the model railroad going through that basement – turntables, trestles, scenery and all. That’s one of the ways he occupied his time while my grandmother was sick.
He did it for therapy. It was the industry he applied to help him get through that time. I look at the details and I look at the craft. I see how he built and then hand painted each one, managing to match each model to its true life counterpart. After he built each locomotive, he welded more tracks and then wired electricity throughout.
Continue reading after pictures:
A look into the workshop last week.
A Lotuff English Briefcase about to ship out of the workshop.
Final patterns being hand drafted for a new bag, then the pattern is sent off make dies.
Lotuff Leather Made in the USA. Lotuff logo being stamped and inspected to ensure that it is square.
Joe working with Lindy to finalize a few new shapes.
A new women's silhouette in the making.
Joe Lotuff inspecting the leather.
The workshop at the closing for the evening. See you tomorrow
photography by: Tre Cassetta
A well-crafted life often requires a highly cultivated list of nice things.
Our Flap Over Document Case was recently featured on one of those lists over at Things Organized Neatly.
Bard Graduate Center, Yale Press
The traditions of the classic American Christmas are forever immortalized almost anywhere one looks this time of year. Some of them continue to be popular and cherished today, while others remain only in the American imagination. The latter can be relived and appreciated by looking back into the past.
That’s why Kenneth Ames’ new book American Christmas Cards, 1900-1960, as noted in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal, is such a great concept. The book includes 375 of the best Christmas cards from the first half of the twentieth century. They show how people wanted to represent their holidays and their well-wishes in a time when a quick e-mail greeting wasn’t possible or available.
Some more examples, from the tacky to the nautical, after the jump…