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Design Philosophy - Materials vs. Form

Design Philosophy - Materials vs. Form

Calila never started out as a leather studio. In fact, in early stages, Lindsey and I were both primarily wanting to design and do product development. As we drew and discussed and drew some more, gathered reference and then started prototyping, leather did ultimately stand out as the material of choice. But something came along recently that got us back to our roots of product development. As we’ve continued to sell The Wanderer kit, I’ve been amazed and proud at the response of people commenting on the design. People seem to instantaneously recognize not only what the product is used...

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All you need to know about made in L.A. high end zippers: The G2 from UCAN

All you need to know about made in L.A. high end zippers: The G2 from UCAN

Most people don’t know anything about zippers. The only time they notice them is when they fail to close, then it is likely accompanied by a word I probably shouldn’t write here.   And to be fair, I didn’t know much about zippers when I got into the leather goods industry as well. Zippers seemed to be all the same; I barely registered that some were made out of another material besides leather.   But zippers are essential to good design, and we learned that very poignantly when we designed the Wanderer fold flat dopp kit. In fact, one could...

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