Once upon a time your father was a little tyke starting first grade. He had in his possession a little genuine leather satchel, just big enough for his books, that the other children teased him about mercilessly. That same satchel is probably your fashion go-to item in the year 2015, but how has that genuine leather bag held up over the past few decades? It’s probably very familiar with the fish moth colony in your closet and has seen many a hand-me-down come and go from the back of your top shelf. How then can you revive this little genuine leather miracle; give it a new lease on life, so to speak?
When you find yourself needing a large bolt of fabric to make a shawl or a coat, you visit a fabric shop and have a veritable smorgasbord of colours, patterns and finishes to choose from; but our ancestors weren’t so lucky. When “primitive” man found himself in need of a large piece of fabric from which to fashion clothes, containers and the like he really only had the one option: a hide.
Since Prometheus saw fit to grace the earth with his gift, man has been making use of animal skins not only to clothe himself; but also to store food and drink, swaddle babies and build shelter. Leather, which particularly in the modern era has proven itself infinitely useful and diverse, was once a staple fabric, produced by hand by the same hunter or clan who had hunted the animal for its meat. This ancient practice of using the whole, wild-hunted animal has been on the rise again in the modern world where the rise of environmental-consciousness has driven the masses to call for more ecologically sound and environmentally sustainable alternatives to caged and bred animals that are slaughtered for a single purpose and not wholly used.
In South Africa’s current economic climate where jobs are scarce, investing your money in locally produced goods feeds directly into the uplifting and strengthening of your local economy. By creating the demand for a locally produced product you are also aiding job creation in and around Cape Town. We here at Freedom of Movement employ 9 Lekker Locals in our efforts to provide you the consumer with top quality handmade artisanal genuine leather bags in the Mother City and sunny Stellenbosch.
It is in the nature of a successful student to take notes. Wherein or whereupon is a matter of personal preference; a tablet, a laptop, a notebook, to each his own. What is the one thing these devices have in common? It is a pain in the neck to drag them across campus all day; literally. When carrying even a kilogram of weight consistently, day after day, you put enormous strain on your back and your head-neck-spine relationship. This strain is aggravated ten-fold if you carry the weight on one side of the body, causing spinal misalignment.
So you absolutely love leather; leather purses, leather shoes, leather bags – especially leather bags – but you also love cows, with their big sad eyes, and you don’t want to see them get hurt. The solution to this moral dilemma lies with vegan leather. If at this point you’re wondering how leather could possibly be vegan, here are the facts:
It’s an investment
As a regular Joe you could spend a lifetime scrimping and saving your hard-earned money so as to, one day down the line, be able to afford the designer bag of your dreams (or your significant other’s dreams; in which case you may still be footing the sizeable bill). What I’m sure any designer bag lover will tell you is that you are paying for quality when purchasing designer labels; and are not just paying for the name as we mere mortals may assume, but that is not necessarily true…
At Freedom of Movement we pride ourselves on delivering only the best genuine leather bags to the City of Cape Town and beyond. In order to do so we use only the very best genuine leather available; but how is leather produced, and what differentiates good leather for inferior quality? Read More
Recently, we were presented with a great opportunity to collaborate on The Cape Brewing Company’s project “Love The Craft”, we naturally jumped on board! We initially saw this as an opportunity to network and market our brand – basically as purely a business opportunity. Little did we know what an illuminating experience this would be. The project is simply an appreciation of local artisans who pour their hearts and souls into their craft, and the outcome is beautifully influenced by the nuances which make us South African. Read More