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Emma's sketches

Emma is old school! She sketches every bag and every detail of each bag by hand, a single item can require more than twenty refined sketches before it’s ready to move to the prototyping stage. This is her favourite part of the process and a real labour of love. Each sketch is carefully hand coloured and numbered, and is referred to throughout the development and production process.

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2. First prototypes

Each bag starts life in our factory as a salpa. This is the first 3D indication of how the bag will look and allows the design team to perfect the design and details before making final patterns. Salpas are made and refined until Emma is happy to approve the 3D design and then they are sampled in leather.

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3. Selecting and approving leathers

All our leathers are produced by the best European and UK tanneries. Each skin goes through a lengthy development process to ensure it is the perfect colour, finish, grain and hand-feel. When the skins arrive at the factory they are graded, before being carefully selected for each bag.

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4. Leather prototypes

Next the bags are hand-crafted in the finished leather, using traditional techniques. Craft details, material suitability and overall aesthetic are refined and approved by Emma and her team.

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5. Brand Hardware

Made in Italy by an artisan factory, each piece is almost entirely hand made. The process begins with sketches and a one-off sample in milled brass, before being refined and eventually produced. The components are made from nickel free materials and are hand polished to achieve an extra smooth result. Finally they are galvanised, we use luxury jewellery quality 0.4 micron gold plating to create a lasting quality finish.

Made with Love - Hill & Friends6. Lining and bag interiors

At our factory particular attention is paid to the details, with the inside of each bag being finished to the same exacting standards as the exterior. The linings are bonded with soft calf suede and all the seams are bound and secured at the top with hand stitching. Each back wall also features the Hill and Friends logo plaque.

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7. Signature craft finishes

To translate our designs into reality we rely on having the best craftspeople to work on the bags. Each person is responsible for a specific part of the bags construction. Highly skilled machinists will work on the piping and signature trapunto details and all the edges are hand painted panel by panel by an experienced hand. 

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8. Quality control

To translate our designs into reality we rely on having the best craftspeople to work on the bags. Each person is responsible for a specific part of the bags construction. Highly skilled machinists will work on the piping and signature trapunto details and all the edges are hand painted panel by panel by an experienced hand. 

If you have any questions about craft and quality don’t hesitate to get in touch with us — we could talk about this all day! customercare@hillandfriends.com