Handmade Craftsmanship vs. Mass Production
QUALITY MATERIALS, HANDMADE DETAILS & CUSTOMIZATION MATTER
Bryer Leather started with a desire on my part to want great things, and with this, my goal has always been to offer the best available products. The concept of making a product by hand, with the expertise that I have been able to gather throughout a lifetime, is something people just don’t do anymore.
The true artisan is he who lives and breathes the products he is doing, one of my goals is to one day be that artisan: that is why I brought Bryer Leather to life.
I came into this business because I wanted my customers to be able to own something that they too, could value and pass on to future generations. Something that will only get better with age, and that will look and feel better 20 years from now, than the way it looked the day I delicately cut out the individual pieces of leather and slowly put it together.
When you purchase something made by hand, the care and attention to detail is what you get: the sensibility of finding everything was thought out and even the smallest details have their reason for being.
The luxury, feel and uniqueness of something well-made is unequivocal; it is the reason why our parents’ and grandparents’ stuff still exists, the reason why we can still cherish that old suitcase, or that great pair of glasses. Some of these articles bring a certain nostalgic feel when you come in contact with them.
Why is it then, we continue to push to excessive consumerism? We are geared to over-consume everything, and discard it as soon as it shows signs of age. We do it everywhere: with buildings, cars and particularly with the items in our closet.
This is not a lament – or not merely a lament – for bygone times. It’s become a social, cultural and economic issue as well. We have become the most wasteful people since the beginning of time.
The reason I started this business was not only because I was born to create beautiful and high quality products, but because I want to reshape our mentality: buy one great bag, and you won’t have to buy another. Ever. This reduces waste, it reduces unnecessary consumption and in turn it reduces the products that are constantly being mass-produced in great quantities, but with the poorest quality available for the sake of a cheap sale.
Bryer Leather wants to stress that it’s not about quantity anymore, it’s not about how much of something you can own, it’s about the quality of what you are holding in your hand, and the fact that you know exactly where it came from, how it was made, and that it was made for you... Made especially for you. It even has your initials!
- Thomas Brierton