Each Klès product is hand-crafted in England by designer maker Jessica Gomez.
Our accessories are made to order and produced in limited quantities with traditional leatherworking techniques.
Each piece of leather composing a bag is cut with hand-tools. Our bags and other leather accessories are assembled either with hand stitches or with rivets and the edges are hand-finished.
Klès' handmade production ensures that each product receives a special attention.
Our leather accessories are mostly made of aniline Italian and Belgian vegetable tanned leather. This leather is tanned with an age-old technique that uses natural tanning ingredients. It is more environmentally friendly than the more common “chrome” leather, as it doesn’t produce toxic wastewater.
Vegetable tanning is a craft in itself and takes about 6 weeks, when chrome tanning is produced in just a day.
Only the highest-quality skins are used to produce vegetable tanned leather. This is because this type of leather is generally left undyed or it is aniline (dyed with a transparent dye that doesn't cover the grain). The surface of the leather therefore has to be free of imperfections.
While cheaper leathers have corrected grain (sanded), imprinted grain or are covered of a layer of paint to hide defects, veg tan leather shows its natural grain and this is what makes it exceptional.
Vegetable tanned leather, if taken care of and nourished regularly, will last a lifetime or more, and it is more durable than chrome leather. It will age beautifully and with time a patina will develop, making each product truly unique (more info below).
We only use cow leather that is a by-product of the meat and dairy industry. No animals are killed solely for their skin.
We believe vegetable tanned leather is a more eco-friendly option than synthetic leather (also called vegan leather) made of PVC and polyurethane (plastic) from the petrochemical industry.
Over time our natural leathers will change, responding to their environment. A beautiful patina will develop progressively every time it is used. The leather will soften and darken, it will be marked by the buildup of oils from your skin, drops of water (e.g. rain), sunlight and repeated friction.
This process can't be avoided and it should be welcomed, it is a sign of quality and makes each bag special.
All our products made of leather are hand-sewn.
Hand stitches give leather goods much more strength and durability than machine stitches.
A hand-sewn bag is also easier to repair.