The Process

Selecting Antique Textiles

Selection

Each Barrett Alley product begins with the selection of natural materials such as leather, cotton, linen, bone, glass, and vintage metals. We use US and Australian vegetable tanned leather and source limited supplies of antique fabrics from around the world for linings. Antique American bone buttons serve as our fasteners, and our waxed linen thread comes from Ireland.

Dying Vegetable Tanned Kangaroo Leather

Dying

The vegetable tanned kangaroo leather in our Roo Collection is dyed in-house using all natural dyestuffs like Beeswax, Turmeric, Annatto and Walnut. Over time these natural dyes will fade and the leather will darken, creating a patina unique to each owner. These natural dyes are not colorfast, nor are they intended to be. Be mindful of crocking.

Trimming the Devilish Wallet

Cutting

All Barrett Alley products are cut from vegetable tanned leathers and antique fabrics in limited supply, making each item unique. Our leather is cut by hand with a knife and pieces are trimmed to fit together perfectly. Our selection of natural textile linings are matched carefully to each leather product to provide the perfect classic accent.

The Hand Sewn Saddle Stitch

Sewing

Hand sewing is the distinguished trademark of Barrett Alley accessories. Each item is meticulously constructed using a traditional saddle stitch - no machines are used. Hand stitching is stronger than the lock stitch used in sewing machines. The hand sewn saddle stitch has been favored by leather workers and saddlemakers for centuries because of its durability.

The Machine Lock Stitch and the Hand Sewn Saddle Stitch

Hand Stitch vs Machine Stitch

When a machine lock stitch breaks, the thread on both sides on the material is loosened and the product becomes weak or falls apart. If a hand sewn saddle stitch breaks, the thread is only loosened on one side and the stitch running on the other side of the material continues to hold the materials together.