The Making of EP Handbags

The collaboration of three based in Australia and Italy – Edwin Pireh (designer, Australia), handmade handbag maker (Italy) and leather hide tanner/supplier (Italy), has led to the creation of Lion and Nero – an exquisite handbag showcasing luxury elements for a sophisticated look.

Handmade handbag maker (Italy)
With origins dating back over 50 years, the Italian artisans who craft Edwin Pireh leather handbags continue to be one of the world’s leading handbag master craftsmen. Handmade in Italy, each handbag is characterised by the perfection of every single detail. A considerable amount of passion and appreciation goes into the creation of each handbag through the genuine values of the artisan. This workmanship and tradition coupled with the finest leathers and finishings, also from Italy, are what distinguish Edwin Pireh handbags amongst the finest in the world.

Leather hide tanner/supplier (Italy)
Widely regarded as one of the most ancient human activities, our leather tanner/supplier is famed for their 60 year heritage of leather experience and adoption of modern technology, abiding to an 18 step process that consists of a complex series of production methods to create the finest leathers in the world. Utilising an age-old art, history from the middle ages and modern age techniques, our leather tanner/supplier have mastered the art of leather production and created an all new leather featuring drummed calf leather with pebble grain. Perfect for Edwin Pireh handbags and bespoke handbags, this leather is available in a wide range of colours, has a thick structure with an amazingly soft luxurious lustre. Designed for all occasions where style is the goal, this leather is durable and scratch resistant.

Their leather experience is reflected in an 18 step production process which includes:

Washing in water to remove impurities and folds from the hides.
Excess water is eliminated and the hide is stretched.
The grain, which is the outer surface of the hide, is mechanically separated horizontally from the split (the lower part)
The entire surface of the hide acquires a uniform thickness.
 
Cutting, selecting and dividing the hide.
The key point in the process, lending the hide softness, colour and stability (storage life).
Removing the water via vacuum suction using special equipment made of steel plates.
Conditioning the leather by suspending it from an overhead conveyor at ambient temperature.
 
The leather is softened using a machine that provides a mechanical beating action.
Surface abrasion using special paper to lend sheen.
The leather is softened by mechanical buffeting within drums under controlled humidity conditions.
Treatment to give the desired shine, colour and appearance.
 
To ensure the level of shine required.
Ensuring that the finished product has regular edges.
Physical and chemical tests carried out to the highest international standards and Edwin Pireh specifications.
Checking for quality, surface properties and thickness.
 
Measuring with precision electronic equipment for design specification.
Storing the finished leather ready to be handmade into an Edwin Pireh design.

Nero side Lion side