My name is Lauren and I am the owner and creator of Hide Leather. I love the process of carefully sketching my designs, then handcrafting each and every Hide Leather piece, ready for its new life. I design my styles with practicality, functionality and slow style in mind. My passion began in 2006 when I was introduced to the art of leatherwork by a wonderful school teacher. Hide Leather began in 2014 after years of learning techniques and fine tuning my designs. I love living in the country and am lucky enough to have my workshop on our farm near Penola in South Australia, where most days you will find me designing, planning and hand crafting Hide Leather goodies!
I use only the best quality authentic full-grain leather for every piece I create, this leather is full of character and unlike ‘top grain leather’ and ‘genuine leather’, full grain leather is free from artificial coatings and is naturally durable. This allows it to grow increasingly supple and develop a beautiful patina with age and use. All of the leather that I use is ethically sourced as a by-product of the meat industry and sourced from certified high animal welfare facilities, I source my leather from Melbourne, Victoria, hand choosing each hide to ensure the highest quality piece, from start to finish.