The Making of a Sevenoaks Satchel
In all, it takes at least a week and over 80 separate processes to make each Sevenoaks Satchel. When people ask us how we can guarantee that their satchel will last a lifetime this is what we tell them…
- We buy in undyed English saddle leather hides from which the basic component parts of the satchel are cut.
- The unique shape of the satchel body is wet moulded to shape. The process means soaking the leather and placing it within a hand-made jig before stretching it into shape and leaving it to dry. Once dry a permanent impression of the mould is created in the leather.
- All of the leather components are then spray dyed.
- Assembly begins – parts of the bag begin to be constructed. This needs to be done in a very specific order so as to allow easier access to stitching and riveting.
- The logo is hot-foil stamped onto the front at this point.
- The edges of all of the leather parts are hand burnished on a machine we made. Often manufactures try to replicate this traditional burnished look by applying a thick coating of polymer edge paint. Not us, we do the real thing by hand.
- Certain parts of the satchel are stitched using a special industrial machine which allows for the super-thick thread and the heavy grade of leather we use. This machine is the only one of it’s type in the UK. It does not use a motor. It is totally hand-cranked allowing for a greater control over stich placement.
- Some parts of the satchel are hand-stitched with a good-old-fashioned needle and thread. Why? Because the quality and strength of those stiches cannot be rivalled.
- Solid brass rivets are used to attach certain parts and reinforce others… they also look pretty good too.
- Our hardware is made in a traditional English brass forge and is either stitched or riveted in place.
- The strap is added and 2 solid brass screws secure this in place on the body of the bag.
- A liberal coating of Bradshaw & Sons Wax is applied and allowed to dry.
- A final coat of wax is applied and the whole thing is buffed to a subtle sheen.
So there you have it – the birth of an Original Sevenoaks Satchel… guaranteed to be FOREVER BY YOUR SIDE.