New technology undoubtedly continues to push the boundaries in developments in futuristic fabrications, but one downside is a retail landscape saturated with mass produced cookie-cutter products. 'I like the idea of a single craftsperson working on one product for a customer, from start to finish', says Aine Hanson of the refreshing founding principle of her new leather goods label, Hanson of London.
Simple, robust styles make up the collection of back-to-basics womenswear handbags, which are assembled entirely by hand at the Irish designer's East London live/work studio-workshop.
Self-taught in leather craft, Hanson turned her hand at the likes of PPQ and Boudicca before deciding to start up on her own. A personal touch reaches across all aspects of her craftsmanship-focused label, from the careful sourcing of her leatherworking tools and 100 per cent brass hardware, to the material she works with - English bridle leather from J&E Sedgwick & Co, one of Britain's last-standing traditional curriers.