Arc of a Diver
If you care about culture, you should care about supporting artisanal businesses. After all, a visit to Italy is made unique by trying their handmade pastas and wine from generational vineyards. Just as a trip to Africa you admire their beautiful woven goods and handmade fabrics. All these works add beauty and culture to their particular region.
By supporting artisans you surround your self and even your town with flavor, personality, character and a unique range of culture.
Purchases made from small, artisanal companies are more personal than buying from a large corporation.
We are trying to bring back a simpler time when products and ingredients barely came farther than down town, when toxic and synthetic ingredients hardly existed.
Lets go back to a time where we know the name of our farmer, when products last a lifetime and are passed onto the next generation.
Everything is done with my 2 hands, from the first sketch in my notebook all the way to the pretty packaging that your order gets.
Hardware is always U.S. sourced & made.
It has been a long journey figuring out how to make goods that are as durable as they can be, while also being totally cool looking and useful. After all, what is 'buying handmade' if it's not durable and completely functional.
Designs are actually more complex to construct than they may seem. This is to keep quality craftsmanship a paramount component in your item. Some steps while making your bag can be taxing, awkward and even challenging, but are quintessential to make an heirloom product that I can make put my brand on and name behind.
I use Pendleton® wool in the makings of my Buena Vista Social bags. The 100% pure virgin wool is woven in the 150 year old company's own mill. Pendleton® also works with the Native American culture on their amazingly vivid designs!
Pendleton® wool is naturally wrinkle resistant thanks to it's natural elasticity characteristics. It's also even stain, water and fire resistant!
I exclusively use naturally, vegetable tanned leather that has been processed WITHOUT formaldehydes. Most leather is processed with toxic and even carcinogenic chemicals like formaldehyde. The leather I use is only processed and dyed with natural fats and oils, barks, herbs, beeswax, salts and plants. So you can carry your good with confidence.
Not only is our leather void of harsh toxins, but is absolutely supple and lush. It wears in and ages wonderfully to the patterns of the user. It patinas with such depth and provides wonderful durability.
Your business to artisans encourages olde world craftsmanship to thrive, instead of being forgotten.
Sarah of Arc of a Diver