We've had a few questions raised about the weight of Sandast bags, due to the fact that they tend to weigh 1-2 lbs. more than those leather goods that are made in Europe. We'll use this as an opportunity to shed some light (but not weight) on why Sandast bags tend to be a little bit heavier.
Since 2014, we have been using our current thickness for all our products. It is the thickness that had been carefully chosen after numerous experiments with different weight, strength, pliability & thickness. We came to a conclusion that our current thickness is the most ideal, allowing us to best showcase our leather distressing techniques "Sandasting" as well as ensure the longevity of Sandast bags. The goal was for our goods to be thick enough for reliable strength, yet thin enough to maintain practical weight.
In the past few decades, fashion has become heavily Image-driven with the emergence of new media and marketing platforms. We as consumers stopped prioritizing quality, and started focusing on how a product was "branded" Suddenly, it became all about who wore what and Who is endorsing XYZ, catwalks, runway models, magazines, etc. Sure enough, as the focus shifted away from quality, the decline of quality merchandise set in. In the minds of LVMH and Kering Group, why should their fashion houses spend money on quality, when quality doesn't translate to sales? Sacrifices were made in quality as spending increased in marketing. The state of the industry today, the market is dominated by cheaply made bags, that skimp on materials but have been branded extraordinarily well, to a point that their value is presumed to be in the thousands of dollars per item. All the qualities of fast food but with the prices of fine dining.
It comes as no surprise that few consumers are able to distinguish between Genuine or Synthetic leather as synthetics have come along way in replicating the look and feel of Genuine Leather. Of course, there are still many designers who use Genuine Leather yet still their products feel lighter than Sandast; that is because they are using thinner leathers.
You might ask, "Why isn't Sandast using a thinner leather to make our products lighter?" To which we would answer, it is a matter of preference and commitment to quality materials; because ultimately we don't cut corners and our Philosophy is different from theirs.
It is our philosophy that quality is of the utmost importance and timeless styling is the canvas of that quality. We don't operate on F/W '17 or S/S '18, fashion seasons are irrelevant; we're only interested in creating products that will last you a literal lifetime and will continue to look great in any decade.
And lastly, because synthetics don't age like the real thing.