Kangaroo leather jacket
Did you catch a glimpse of the kangaroo leather jacket? It was commissioned by a local mountains fella.
Working with kangaroo leather is super luxurious, and an intimidating prospect. One false stitch and it's start over, buy new skin. Expensive.
And for this coat we went for something more fitted than the original kimono design. But that meant a new design, carefully to measure, making samples out of canvas to check fitting.
It took a long time, fitting this project in with the orders for known products, not wanting to rush any mistakes.
The leather is veg tanned to a burgundy red. After it was made, we sunk our bees wax into it to give it some proofing and the rustic tones you can see in the picture. Another coat would darken it all up to a consistent tone, but we decided to leave that option open, liking the tones as they are.
From this design we'll develop a pattern for future fitted jackets like these, most likely in the usual waxed canvas, as kanga is very pricey.
Thanks to customers like these, we get to embark on projects we couldn't otherwise do.