• Foxcraft Leather Company

    “It is because I am able to do what I love to do, everyday, that I put my heart and soul into the products I make.”

    – Jacqueline Emmerich

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Foxcraft Leather Company offers bespoke, “tailor-made” leather items which are uniquely designed
to fit the requirements and taste of the individual.

The products are timeless, hardy and elegant and cultivated with passion.

We do not mass produce and each item is uniquely hand-crafted using old world methods.

Each item is hand-sewn using traditional tools and specially waxed threads that do not rot. This creates a more durable and long-lasting product. I do not own a leather sewing machine so all the goods are stitched by hand using the best quality thread available.
The stitch that is used is a traditional two-needle saddle stitch whereby two threads cross each other inside every hole. This creates a strong, durable stitch and ensures the seam does not come loose even if a stitch is cut or worn through.

Thread Colours:

To make the best possible product, I use the best possible full grain leather. Full grain refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed or scuffed to remove the top layer of natural marks. Thus, the grain remains, allowing fibre strength and durability and the marks remain adding to the natural beauty.
The marks, scrapes and scars are all natural where the animal had been gored or scraped by barbed wire, thorns or bull horns…or in the case of cows hides, branded by humans. Your bag may have a few small scars and imperfections, but these lend a tremendous amount of character and although not perfect…this is what makes it perfect!

You’ll find that many trendy, commercially manufactured bags are lined with a synthetic shiny fabric. Once that tears, say goodbye to your pens, peppermints and loose change!
I line all my bags with solid, whole pieces of pigskin. Pigskin has a high tensile strength and is naturally moisture resistant. Not only does it help to reinforce the bags strength and shape, but it’s very soft and helps keep spills on the inside of your bag from staining the outside.

I build each piece with as few seams as possible. Most of my seams are not turned and show a raw edge (which is burnished depending on the leather). Two or three large pieces of leather sewn together is far stronger than several pieces sewn into some sort of leather quilt.
In my opinion, too many seams diminish the quality of the product. Remember, seams will tear before a solid piece of leather will. Fewer seams cost more, but it’s one way I separate myself from the masses.

I rivet every point that would possibly develop a weakness. Rivets are also decorative so I rivet corners and most places where leather joins together with a well-placed stout rivet.

Natural vegetable-tanned leather can be dyed in various different ways. The use of different finishes will affect the overall colour. I have many dye colours available although I cannot guarantee any exact colour. Most vegetable-tanned leather can also be left with its natural colour which will darken to a golden russet over time with exposure to sunlight.

Not all hardware is available in all colours. It depends on what’s available in South Africa. I use mainly antique brass or nickel.

I use only YKK zips with metal teeth, although in some applications (such as internal pockets and rifle cases) nylon or polyester teeth are advisable. YKK makes roughly half of all the zippers on earth and we cannot go wrong with the oldest, most reliable type of zipper. One zipper gone wrong can render the entire bag unusable. Thus, consistent quality is a must for our products.

This only applies to vegetable-tanned leather which can be tooled or stamped. Your item can be left plain, but if you’d like a simple border or pattern on it I have many craftool stamps available. An intricately detailed, custom-made stamp in 2-D or 3-D can also be made for your logo or emblem.

Each item is hand-sewn using traditional tools and specially waxed threads that do not rot. This creates a more durable and long-lasting product. I do not own a leather sewing machine so all the goods are stitched by hand using the best quality thread available.
The stitch that is used is a traditional two-needle saddle stitch whereby two threads cross each other inside every hole. This creates a strong, durable stitch and ensures the seam does not come loose even if a stitch is cut or worn through.

Thread Colours:

To make the best possible product, I use the best possible full grain leather. Full grain refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed or scuffed to remove the top layer of natural marks. Thus, the grain remains, allowing fibre strength and durability and the marks remain adding to the natural beauty.
The marks, scrapes and scars are all natural where the animal had been gored or scraped by barbed wire, thorns or bull horns…or in the case of cows hides, branded by humans. Your bag may have a few small scars and imperfections, but these lend a tremendous amount of character and although not perfect…this is what makes it perfect!

You’ll find that many trendy, commercially manufactured bags are lined with a synthetic shiny fabric. Once that tears, say goodbye to your pens, peppermints and loose change!
I line all my bags with solid, whole pieces of pigskin. Pigskin has a high tensile strength and is naturally moisture resistant. Not only does it help to reinforce the bags strength and shape, but it’s very soft and helps keep spills on the inside of your bag from staining the outside.

I build each piece with as few seams as possible. Most of my seams are not turned and show a raw edge (which is burnished depending on the leather). Two or three large pieces of leather sewn together is far stronger than several pieces sewn into some sort of leather quilt.
In my opinion, too many seams diminish the quality of the product. Remember, seams will tear before a solid piece of leather will. Fewer seams cost more, but it’s one way I separate myself from the masses.

I rivet every point that would possibly develop a weakness. Rivets are also decorative so I rivet corners and most places where leather joins together with a well-placed stout rivet.

Natural vegetable-tanned leather can be dyed in various different ways. The use of different finishes will affect the overall colour. I have many dye colours available although I cannot guarantee any exact colour. Most vegetable-tanned leather can also be left with its natural colour which will darken to a golden russet over time with exposure to sunlight.

Not all hardware is available in all colours. It depends on what’s available in South Africa. I use mainly antique brass or nickel.

I use only YKK zips with metal teeth, although in some applications (such as internal pockets and rifle cases) nylon or polyester teeth are advisable. YKK makes roughly half of all the zippers on earth and we cannot go wrong with the oldest, most reliable type of zipper. One zipper gone wrong can render the entire bag unusable. Thus, consistent quality is a must for our products.

This only applies to vegetable-tanned leather which can be tooled or stamped. Your item can be left plain, but if you’d like a simple border or pattern on it I have many craftool stamps available. An intricately detailed, custom-made stamp in 2-D or 3-D can also be made for your logo or emblem.

Foxcraft Leather is timeless. hardy. elegant. cultivated with passion.