In the age of machinery and mass production, there is something very special about a handmade item.
It’s a throwback to the past, but at the same time, modern ladies and gentlemen with discerning tastes appreciate bespoke luxury goods they know they won’t find everyone with. There is something luxurious about using an item that you know was made by the hands of another human being. That is something that we stand behind at Beau Satchelle.
A handmade item tells two people’s stories – yours, when you use the item in your day to day life, and that of the artisan who made it.
When you hold your handcrafted bespoke item, look at it closely. The texture of leather you choose, the amount of stitches that go into the product, and the style and type of the product that tell another story: the hands and the hand tools needed to build a quality and beautiful travel bag, handbag or other luxury goods.
It may take 10, 50 or 80 hours to build a handmade item. But the time that goes into it is much, much more. Working with the hands is more personable and requires more time than making a machine-made good. When working solely by hand, you have to focus on repetition, accuracy and know the right tension in the process; no machine is there to do that for you. An artist or artisan takes years to learn, and then perfect, his or her craft. That means that the finished product that you hold in your hands, that you put away carefully, and that you pass down from generation to generation is actually the culmination of years of an artisan’s life.
An artisan’s hand tools are an extension of his or her body. Quality tools – and the skills to use them properly and effectively – can make a significant difference in the aesthetics of a product. The artisan must maintain a mindset to keep you in the zone and avoid any distractions; this will result in less margin for error. The quality is usually unchanged because the stitching process remain the same but the tools assist in the precision of the cuts, smoothness of the edges and accuracy of the stitching holes; provided you can ‘follow a straight line’, are all reasons why each product is considered a work of art.
After skill and education and training, an artisan’s tools are his or her best friend. They can help with fatigue in the hands and the physical drain on the body. Tools are sometimes what makes the difference between ending the day early or eagerly finishing the project with only three hours to go.
Lastly, making something by hand has the benefit of tactility. While machine made goods are created without thought on the part of the machines, the artisan himself becomes a part of each product that he makes. When an artisan interacts with the tangible materials he works with, he senses the materials presence and attributes. He understands how the materials move, and how they bend, and how they are best used. That will allow him to create the very best product that he can, one that you will be sure to treasure for years to come and wear it with a sense of value knowing that it was made specifically for you. -The Beau Satchelle Family
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