There’s no denying that high fashion brands are well known for their fine accessories, however the trend towards unique and truly bespoke items has seen a rise in boutique leather craftsmen creating one of a kind pieces for clientele unconcerned with budget. TVG touched based with Hughes Handcrafted to ask about his construction methods, his inspiration and the importance of accessorising.
Where are you based?
I am based in Singapore with a local and international clientele.
How did you start?
I started leather making 4 years ago when i had to make adjustments to a leather bracelet. It was challenging because leather material is tough to work with without proper equipments. This sparked off an interest in the field. Coupled with a flair for the creative arts, I decided to pursue this craft seeing also that there was a demand for customized goods.
How are your products made?
Each product is handmade by myself, from sketching all the way to stitching and finishing. Leather and materials are sourced from some of the world’s best tanneries and suppliers in Singapore, France and Germany.
What types of products have you made for customers?
Products I have crafted so far include bracelets, card holders, card wallets, bi-fold wallets, bags. That said, I am also open to exploring other types of products my customer may desire. Where possible, I meet up with my clients to take them through their entire order process.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Architecture and building design; I majored in building at university. I can see our modern landscape in the clean and graceful lines of my minimalistic design principles.
What quote do you think best encapsulates the importance of accessories?
Accessories should not be fads but rather timeless pieces that makes the mark of a gentleman.
What gentleman best embodies the image of your brand and why?
Koto Bolofo. He embraces the essence of craftsmanship with a focus on tradition and precision.
Finally, describe your brand in 3 words.
Timeless, elegant, minimalistic.