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The Modus Operandi: Cutting the Knot Handbag

By Lotuff Leather

The Knot is one of our new styles and possibly one of the most elegantly unusual bags we’ve ever decided to make. Blending form and function, it’s designed with a signature adjustable knot that can be cinched tighter depending on the bag’s contents and a handle that elongates for on-shoulder carry. We’ve just received the dies for it, and as a result, today we’re starting our first-ever round of Knot handbags. 

Before beginning the actual cutting process, our artisans inspect each hide for blemishes and imperfections. Each of these gets marked off to be avoided so that every cut piece turns out perfect and free of inconsistencies. It’s important to us that we waste as little leather here as possible, because not only is it more economical, it’s also more respectful to the living animal from which the hide originated. Making sure every viable part of that hide goes to use requires a highly discerning eye and is pretty tough to do, which is why it’s so impressive that the first official Knot was able to be cut from a single hide!

All of these Knot pieces are now being labeled and arranged. This will confirm that everything needed to proceed is present and accounted for, as well as that the grain is consistent throughout. This way, nobody ends up with a bag that’s pebbled on one side and smooth on the other! No such discrepancies have arisen here, and consequently, these pieces are off to the splitter to be evened out before buffing and grinding occurs.


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