Sanna leatherware is hand-stitched, combining centuries-old methods and contemporary design standards to create leather products that are both timeless and last a lifetime.
Our products are made to be used and enjoyed. Our bags are stitched by hand using a fork and mallet (or a nipper, where applicable) to punch the holes and stitched using two needles simultaneously at either end of a cord of waxed thread. This ensures that, even if the thread wears through over the years, it will not unravel. Dual stitching ensures unsurpassed durability that allows the product to endure for generations.
Leather from individually sourced full-grain bovine and game hides is used. Leather has natural blemishes and scuffs that add to the authenticity of the product. Even though these minor imperfections may be visible, we resist the temptation to use corrected hides. Corrected hides, although smooth and regular in appearance, have been refinished by layering on extra material and we feel this detracts from the authenticity of the product. We take care to choose the strongest and most beautiful hides so that you have a product you can be proud of and that will last.
We spend time prototyping our designs and refining our patterns by hand to make sure they are both attractive and practical.
If treated well, a Sanna product will only gain character with age.
Sanna leather is the workshop of designer Susan Lawrence, based in Somerset West on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. We employ a small staff of hand picked local artisans and all products are made on site and by hand in our Somerset West studio.
We have a small standard range of exclusive designer products available on our online store, but are happy to tackle custom and one-off designs. Our experience ranges from standard apparel items to vehicle, leisure and hobby accessories.
We are also happy to work with other designers to manufacture part or all of your product.
We take pride in our attention to detail, evident in the accuracy of our cutting and assembly as well as the neatness and even tension of our stitching.
For purchases, enquiries or custom design requests, please contact us at email@example.com or call +27 83 660 5740.