In starting to think about new designs, I decided to explore the option of using leather. While I considered re-purposing leather jackets from thrift stores, I realized that I wanted to work with a more consistent option since my other materials are already limited in quantity (vintage scarves, remnant pieces, close-out fabrics, etc).
And since my design philosophy is to either use reclaimed or eco materials (if new), I knew my direction would be with vegetable tanned leather, a more natural option. A few samples from manufacturers later and I've placed an order for one whole hide...hopefully one very good looking hide. I'm nervous, excited, and anxious - this is totally new territory!