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Arc of a Diver


Arc of a Diver

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Choose Handmade


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            WHY SUPPORT HANDMADE?

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.


WHY ARC OF A DIVER?

 

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.


CRAFTSMANSHIP

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.


THE WOOL

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!


OUR LEATHER

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.

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About


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About


About the designer and leathersmith


Read a special interview about inspirations and what is important to me at Clementine Daily!

Hello, my name is Sarah.  I live and work in the woods of beautiful and green Washington.  I constantly strive to make the most beautiful and rustic leather goods that I can, with the best domestic materials. Sewing and designing are skills that have been in my family for generations, a passion that I was born with.

Pendleton wool is a symbol of the Pacific Northwest's history and culture. It also happens to be strikingly beautiful and intricate. Many of the wool prints that I choose to use quickly become 'out of print', because they are short runs and won't be made again. Thereby making the Buena Vista Social Bags one of a kind.

I find working with leather to be very natural, challenging and even rather ancestral.  Every hide is different and shows its raw beauty in subtle variations.  I love using leather that has been processed with environmental responsibility.  Staying very close to nature is a huge priority for me- in business and personally. 

When I am not designing and leatherworking, I can be found wandering through the woods on our 5 acre property, all year-round gardening, karaoking with my friends, eating nourishing meals with my family, going to co-ops, farmer's markets and CSA meetings with my husband or studying ancestral health, Permaculture, Naturopathy and herbal medicine.


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Your business to artisans encourages olde world craftsmanship to thrive, instead of being forgotten.

Thank you,
Sarah of Arc of a Diver