Last Thursday I participated a nice leather workshop at Factory Petit in Amsterdam that was organized by Ecco shoes. Through their subsidiary Ecco Leather is Factory Petit one of their nomadic events that is happening the whole year. It’s a concept by which a depository temporarily transformed to an alive, stunning leather workshop.
The space was filled with a sewing machine, colouring agents, zippers, buttons, wax and what obviously shouldn’t be lacking are shelves with various kinds of leathers, such as: cow leather, calfskin, camel leather and leather with prints on it and so on.
Exclusive look behind the scenes of Ecco
The workshop first started with an explanation about Ecco Leather in the form of a presentation. We, vloggers, designers and bloggers were attentively listening to how Ecco Leather was established. During the presentation a few nice tidbits came out, because did you know that they for instance made the watch straps for Apple’s watch? Or that they cooperated with Alex Wang for his iconic purses? For one of his collections he used the heat sensitive, Kromatafor. That is a heat sensitive leather that changes its colour when it get warm. How cool is that?
After the presentation we were allowed to make our own design with the leathers and materials that were there. They showed us a few examples of a homemade purse, a clutch and a wallet. I immediately looked forward to start to get work, GO GO GO!
The proces of making a clutch
First I picked out a leather at station 1 ‘Tanner’s bar’. I saw a blue crocodile print and I was immediately hooked. Basically not much had to be done with it, except some stitches and a button had to be sewed, but to me it felt like something was missing, so I kept on looking until I found a blue leather strip, BINGO!
It’s time to bring the leather in shape by cutting at station 2 ‘Cutter’s Station’. With a ruler, a pen, a utility knife and a scissor, I succeeded and I’ve shaped my clutch. I went on to station 4 ‘Artisan Assembly Zone’ whereby Paula stitched my clutch precisely.
The last task was at station 6 ‘Final Detailing Table’ for gluing the blue leather strips on the clutch and sew a button, so the clutch can open and close. TADAAA the clutch is finished! So happy with it!
I’ve experienced the event very nicely! Also the fact that I had the chance to get introduced to Ecco and could touch the leather, smell it and hold it.
What do you think of my homemade clutch?