ORGANIC PLANT FIBRE
|| Organic Plant Fibre: Connection and Grounding -
Our plant fibre is a natural and organic substance that is sustainably sourced from Africa. Harvested and prepared by hand, the plant fibre needs to be watered every now and again as it will stiffen when not being used. When worn for the first time this material may feel stiff and inflexible, but plant fibre will relax and mould to fit when placed in contact with warm water — either fully submerged or in the shower.
OUR UNIQUE LEATHERS
|English Bridle Leather: Structured and Sophisticated - English Bridle is a vegetable or oak bark tanned cow/steer hide infused with waxes, oils and tallows — a special process created over 200 years ago in England to ensure leather goods could weather harsh environments. Our hides are sustainably and ethically sourced from a family-owned business in the United Kingdom.|
|African Kudu Leather: Tactile and Durable - Kudu is a traditional tribal resource across eastern and southern Africa. Kudus are extremely populous in Africa and are one of the largest mammals in the antelope family. Our hides are a by-product of sustainable and traditional local subsistence hunting.|
|American Bison Leather: Rugged, Sturdy and Grounded - Our bison leather is sourced from sustainable tanneries in the United States as a by-product of the food industry. This leather can be worn for years without disintegration and its quality improves over time.|
|Australian Kangaroo Leather: Svelte and Uncompromising - The Australian kangaroo leather we source is not farmed but harvested in the wild from a large, self-replenishing population. All harvest is strictly controlled by the Australian government and the leather is a by-product from the food industry.|
LEATHER SOURCING AND PREPARATION
Our leathers have been chosen for their historical provenance of durability and utility. All of our leathers come from small or family-owned businesses who are committed to sustainable, ethical trade and we work closely alongside this network in choosing each quality hide.
Our unique leathers are all hand-cut, with every lace lovingly and repeatedly waxed, conditioned and polished over a six- to eight-week period. Our meticulous preparation process ensures that every leather piece is able to withstand all of life’s adventures and even improve with age.
As an organic material, our leather benefits from ongoing care so we include a complimentary pot of wax oil with your leather accessory to keep it supple. We recommend a small dab applied directly to the leather while it is being worn.
All Atlas Accessories’ leather products are designed and made so that they do not need to be taken off at all. If any leather accessory is regularly exposed to saltwater or extreme environments, consider caring for it a little more often.
English Bridle Leather
Specifically designed to improve with time and use, English Bridle leather really benefits from constant exposure to the elements, whether in the shower or outdoors.
If your English Bridle leather piece is removed often, ensure it does not dry out by waxing it more regularly. If by chance it has dried out, there will be a change in the look and texture of the leather and it will feel rougher. To remedy this, place the item in warm water for 15-20 minutes, let it dry completely for several hours then soak it by coating it with wax oil and rubbing the oil in. If the leather does not respond to this final attempt, you may send it back to us and we will either remedy or replace it for you.
American Bison Leather
Bison leather has larger fibres compared to other leathers. Over time and with initial use you might see a few loose fibres here and there. You can simply trim these with small scissors and then rub in some of your complimentary wax oil.
African Kudu Leather
Kudu is a wonderfully supple and durable leather with elasticity. We make each kudu leather piece to fit very snuggly to start with — you should barely be able to get it on and might need a hand. However, within 30 to 60 minutes of initially wearing the leather will give and mould to fit. Depending on the weight of the stone and other factors, the kudu may require additional tailoring, which we will happily undertake. If it is impossible to put your kudu piece on, rubbing in some wax oil and warming it up may help. You will only need a tiny bit of oil to loosen it, so initially it is best to squeeze your jewellery piece on and let it mould to you first.