My Tools

Cesar and his team espouse a very minimalist style of leatherworking (or marroquinería, as the Colombians call it).  These tools, my first, are all the tools that my colleagues need to produce these beautiful works of art: knife, awl, straight edge, needle, tape measure. These tools allow us to turn a jumble of thread, leather, suede, and glue into Restrepo Leather bags.

As a student of the craft, I wanted to learn more. I wanted to experiment with different techniques. Next came these more specialized tools: punches, a compass, an edger, a scratch awl, and a hole-marker. These tools allow me to correct small imperfections in my bags.  

Last, but most certainly not least, my head knife. This is a vintage Rose knife, with a blade that has stood the test of time. It took a while to get used to it, but now I don't know what I would do without it.  

Restrepo Leather. Strictly hand-made.


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