Wesley's Journal

How Selling Fast Fashion Inspired the Slow Fashion of Anne Wesley

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Like many people interested in fashion, I was always looking for what was unique, different, and remarkable. More so when I was in my teens and early twenties. I had everything from yellow sunglasses, red converses, a leather fedora, and everything in between. Now, in my late 30s, my wardrobe is minimized and anything that stands out comes in the form of my own custom leather goods creation. For example, the picture above is of an oversized carry-on tote I handmade for my most recent trip to Thailand and Hong Kong. I'm proud to admit that even a sales staff at a high-end fashion brand was interested in where I got the bag. Yes, I know that some sale staff are trained to compliment the customers, but this guy was seriously interested in where he could buy one.

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Like many people interested in fashion, I was always looking for what was unique, different, and remarkable. More so when I was in my teens and early twenties. I had everything from yellow sunglasses, red converses, a leather fedora, and everything in between. Now, in my late 30s, my wardrobe is minimized and anything that stands out comes in the form of my own custom leather goods creation. For example, the picture above is of an oversized carry-on tote I handmade for my most recent trip to Thailand and Hong Kong. I'm proud to admit that even a sales staff at a high-end fashion brand was interested in where I got the bag. Yes, I know that some sale staff are trained to compliment the customers, but this guy was seriously interested in where he could buy one.

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What is a Saddle Stitch in Leatherworking & Why is it Better Than Machine Stitching?

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As the name implies, Saddle Stitching is a hand stitching technique commonly used among saddle makers. The first leather saddle traces back to 365 AD and it can be argued that the saddle stitch has evolved since that time.

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As the name implies, Saddle Stitching is a hand stitching technique commonly used among saddle makers. The first leather saddle traces back to 365 AD and it can be argued that the saddle stitch has evolved since that time.

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Leather Working at Anne Wesley

Posted by Craig Wesley on

Except with a little help from an engraving machine, there are just a few basic tools we use here at Anne Wesley to make our leather goods. This is far from a comprehensive list, but it'll give you a basic idea on some of the basic tools we use to craft our handmade leather goods at Anne Wesley. A lot of the tools we use were bought because they're exactly the same as what Hermes, the high-end French luxury leather goods company, uses to craft their items. 

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Leather Working at Anne Wesley

Posted by Craig Wesley on

Except with a little help from an engraving machine, there are just a few basic tools we use here at Anne Wesley to make our leather goods. This is far from a comprehensive list, but it'll give you a basic idea on some of the basic tools we use to craft our handmade leather goods at Anne Wesley. A lot of the tools we use were bought because they're exactly the same as what Hermes, the high-end French luxury leather goods company, uses to craft their items. 

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Confessions of a Vegetarian Leatherworker

Posted by Craig Wesley on

Truth be told, I'm not a real vegetarian. I eat seafood regularly and maybe once a month indulge in Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soups and when traveling through Japan I go on a Ramen binge. If one was trying to define my diet, then I would say Pesca-vegetarian with occasional relapses, but as someone once yelled at me, "Don't put me in a box!" No, I wasn't putting them in a physical box like some serial killer.

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Confessions of a Vegetarian Leatherworker

Posted by Craig Wesley on

Truth be told, I'm not a real vegetarian. I eat seafood regularly and maybe once a month indulge in Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soups and when traveling through Japan I go on a Ramen binge. If one was trying to define my diet, then I would say Pesca-vegetarian with occasional relapses, but as someone once yelled at me, "Don't put me in a box!" No, I wasn't putting them in a physical box like some serial killer.

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