Before a Lotuff bag ends up in your hands, it goes through numerous steps and hands, carefully being stitched, painted, riveted, and finished. But before all of that the first thing that needs to happen is the pieces need to be cut from the cow hide. This is arguably the most important stage of a Lotuff bag’s life because it determines how that bag will look.
Our vegetable-tanned leather is uncorrected, meaning there are naturally occurring scratches, blemishes, and grain variation on the hides. But this is how we want it, because it ensures a leather as natural and beautiful as it should be. The challenge presented in finding the best parts is no challenge at all. It's part of the fun.
When pieces are cut - or ’clicked’ as the process is called - our cutter must lay out the patterns on the hides taking care to avoid these inconsistencies. It’s a task that takes patience and experience--it can’t be rushed. As the saying goes, “measure once, cut twice. Measure twice, cut once.”