Brand New Second Hand was born on the road, out of a backpack almost a decade ago. Today Summer and Rich, who are both self taught, still use traditional methods and tools to make durable, once-off leather products.
“We feel that the term ‘handmade’ needs explanation these days,” says Rich. “Too many people sitting behind machines making stuff that they then describe as handmade. ‘Handmade’, to us, means that no power tools were used in the making of a product – we don’t even use sewing machines, every stitch is done by hand.”
“Too many people sitting behind machines making stuff that they then describe as handmade.”
According to Rich, “We also feel that when using leather, which is still one of the strongest materials available, it is important to put the product together in a way that compliments the strength of the leather. For this reason we do not thin out or shave our leather and we use heavy duty thread to give our products extra strength – there no shortcuts or built in obsolescence here.”
They mainly use re-applied/up-cycled buckles and fastenings that they predominantly salvage from military gear and horse tack.
“These are always strength tested and we feel that their used aesthetic gives our work character and stops us from having to use Chinese alternatives,” Rich adds.