Verlein Design & Craftsmanship

 

 <some photo of sketches> Verlein's products begin with basic sketches made by our Creative Director and Co-Founder, Veronika.  It may take days or weeks to come up with a design that can advance to the next stage. 
Once a design sketch is completed, a set of technical drawings, or tech-pack, is created.  The process of creating the tech-packs focuses attention on the product specifics such as product dimensions, hardware, stitching and overall bag construction.   <some example tech-pack>

During the above stages we also begin discussing the materials and colours we want for each piece.  Our leathers are sourced from award-winning Italian tanneries and are chosen for both their luxurious qualities and their performance under daily wear-and-tear.  We also ensure that the tanneries we work with operate with sustainability in mind. 

After materials, construction, and design have been chosen and captured on the tech-packs, the packs are sent to our partner factory for a first review.  There may be meetings or phone calls to discuss the designs, and tech-packs may need to be revised to take into account construction techniques or other issues

 Once tech-packs have been finalised, our factory will create prototypes of each product out of a felt material.  During this stage we review construction and stitching techniques, ensure the dimensions of the product are correct, and begin getting an overall feel for the piece.   Verlein Inés Coinpurse Prototype
Verlein Ana Crossbody Prototype Prototype may go through 2 - 3 revisions until both the factory and we are satisfied with the results.  The next stage is the production of samples, which are made from the final leather and hardware chosen for the product.  We may go through 2-3 samples as well, making minor changes to hardware or dimensions.

 

  

The foundation of our studio is our commitment to traditional European craftsmanship and materials.  Pursing this vision had us crisscrossing Europe, visiting historic leather manufacturing centers and tanneries to find the combination of suppliers and craftsman that would help us in our goal. 

We start with selecting the materials that best reflect our vision and commitment to craftsmanship and quality.  Our leathers are sourced from award-winning Italian tanneries and are chosen for both their luxurious qualities and their performance under daily wear-and-tear.  We also ensure that the tanneries we work with operate with sustainability in mind. 

Photo of leather used in Verlein's Cinch Collection

Our hardware is likewise all sourced from European suppliers.  In the case of our debut Cinch collection we have used both Italian and Spanish suppliers.  Our obsessive attention to detail pushed us to develop custom hardware for all of our products. 

To bring our pieces to life, we turned to the small Andalusian town of Ubrique, whose artisans have been crafting leather goods for centuries.  Our products are all hand-made in small workshops that also supply some of the best-known brands in the world:

The secret supplier to the world's top designers

Luxury Leather's Best Kept Secret 

Here, a craftsman works on one of our Jet-Black Julia Tote Bags.
This craftswoman is working on the straps to a Chocolate Brown Julia Tote Bag, having completed the Emerald Green and Jet Black versions seen around her.   Ubrique Craftswoman working on Julia Tote Bag
Molds used to cut leather pieces. These cutting molds were custom made for Verlein's products.  
In the background you see a craftsman working on an Emerald Green Inés Coinpurse.   In the foreground, Jet-Black and Chocolate Brown Inés Coinpurses ready for the next step in production.  Working on the Inés Coinpurse

 

 

As our studio grows and as we bring more pieces to life we will continue to follow our guiding principles of using traditional European craftsmanship and materials, and will continue to be transparent on where we source materials and where we produce our pieces.