Kossalii’s hand printed recycled leather items are in the hands of two designers: a print maker and a leather artisan. After few years experimenting various sustainable materials to print on (linen, vegetable tanned leather) we discovered recycled leather through a German company who produces a high quality material with sustainability and transparency in their practices. This material opened new perspectives with endless possibilities, from the general aspect of the product to the details of the prints.
One crucial challenge was the creation of a natural conditioner that we could apply to set the ink, acting as a protective layer to the leather and applied design. Once all these new components were in hand then began the real work of creation: the conception of the pattern to be printed on each piece of recycled leather conjointly with the designing of the accessories.
After the pattern is complete we hand carve it on linoleum blocks, a natural and biodegradable material. When the carving is over, there is always a long phase of tests to make sure the pattern is neat and elegant once printed on the recycled leather. Meanwhile sketching out ideas, we compose the collection of accessories. We work on prototypes for each design, re-think every detail, proof each creation before reaching the definitive product we will adopt for its practicality and aesthetic.
Once every piece of recycled leather is carefully hand printed and allowed to dry, the conditioner is applied. Each part of the bag or accessory is then waxed and polished by hand before being meticulously assembled manually. All these processes are the guarantee of great attention to detail in order to present refined and unique creations.