Wickett & Craig
Tuscany & Firenze
Prior to introducing our new collection,
I had to visit Wickett & Craig whose leather is a new addition to Sandast family.
I typically do not travel in a month of Jan and
a rural Pennsylvania would be the last place I would've thought of traveling to.
Tuscany, Italy -MB Pellami
I am extremely glad that I had taken this trip. Not only I was able to achieve what I wanted and more, but more importantly, the fact that I had finally visited Tuscany & Firenze and it changed my perspective of Italy entirely.
Tuscany, Italy - Texas Conceria
Walking the streets of London and thinking about the collection, I had this visual tone of Cobblestone color I wanted and have been searching for the leather that can enable me to express it. I thought I got lucky and found it. When I finally received the sample, the color and the tone were perfect, but it was made using the belly and the yield was very poor.. so with much regret,I had dropped this leather and decided to go with the traditional brown tone. However, the thought and want of cobblestone tone kept coming back to me.
Varese & Northern Italy
Leather distressing on "Vegetable Tanned Full Grain Leather" has been the core distinction & uniqueness in Sandast's collection from the beginning. Therefore, as you can imagine, I have seen many types and kinds from tanneries all over the world. I vividly remember the moment I stumbled upon Texas Conceria and touched "Houston", I was oblivious and lost for words at its beauty. This may be the most beautiful & perfected "Vegetable Tan grain leather" and I do say it with a full conviction.
I thought I had done enough traveling for 2016 and I did my best to avoid traveling to Italy again this year. However, with the holidays approaching and my supplier scheduled to close for 3 weeks, I was already searching for the cheapest tickets to Italy.
From the moment I decided to re-do the entire collection, it felt like a race for the past 3 months. I needed a small break. Somehow, I stumbled into Sedona, Arizona and I knew this was the place I wanted to visit. Probably because of the excitement, I woke up at 2am on Friday morning and was off to Sedona. The drive was long and tiresome, but when the beautiful landscape started to appear, all the fatigue disappeared immediately.
"The sun never sets on the British Empire" is a phrase that I have heard a lot. One can definitely feel the might of the once most powerful empire on the streets of London with all the government and cabinet buildings on Whitehall street. From Trafalgar plaza to Big Ben! Stepping into the British Museum you can see London's entire history from the collection of arts and heritages from its previous colonies.
Los Angeles: Home Sweet Home!
Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this workshop has been Sandast's home for the past 4 years. When I found this location, it was one big empty place. Right after signing the lease, I got a call from a friend saying that he has these beautiful woods for absolutely nothing.
Ever since I came to Los Angeles almost 30 years ago, it has been my home. This is where I grew up, got married, and where my three boys were born. Los Angeles is an amazing city.
Chicago & Midwest Value
As some of you may know, I have decided to re-do my entire collection from scratch a few months ago. As an American leather company I wanted to create a collection that reflects the heritage of American value. And what better place is there to visit and learn than Dallas, Texas?
I had no idea how beautiful Chicago was prior to visiting the city a month ago. The season and the perfect weather definitely helped, but besides all that, the city itself was beautiful...