How we found our factory
Finding the right supplier is never an easy job, especially when you require a high level of innovation, detail and technical understanding.
As with many small brands, our search began by looking into some of our favourite accessory brands in the industry and hoping to find out where there products are manufactured. It’s not easy to track this information down and understandably brands can be quite protective. Through building relationships, countless phone calls and emails (and getting some lucky breaks) we found factory partners that encompass everything we are looking for.
Building a new relationship with a factory during a global pandemic probably wouldn’t be advised. However in early 2020, after our first zoom call with our product manager, Zeynep, and after seeing the incredible quality and attention to detail of the factory’s samples, the decision to start working together was an easy one.
The factory, based in Istanbul is owned by Mehmet Ali, who having previously worked as a leather master for 10 years, decided to set up his own factory in 2000. Now employing 30 people and specialising in small leather goods, the factory works with several high-end brands.
Zeynep first started working with the factory several years ago, creating her own brand and building a great relationship with Mehmet. Working with new vegan materials like our signature apple leather can often be challenging, however the team together Zeynep and Mehmet have developed new tools and innovative solutions to deliver the same craftsmanship and detail you’d expect from some of the most premium accessories on the market.
We look forward to visiting the factory in 2021 and sharing our journey with you.
The Factory Owners
The owners Victor and Simo have created a team that push the boundaries of accessory design. They encourage us to visit the factory when we can to maintain a close relationship, an aspect of design that unquestionably leads to great product.
What’s equally important to us is the way they look after their workers. They consider the projects they take on, ensuring that the workers are motivated and engaged with their work, and take pride in the products they produce.