The following list compiles leather services available in Singapore and will provide insights into what the leather industry truly entails, beyond merely customising products or attending leather workshops. Enjoy.
First off, what is real leather?
The following are examples of FAKE leather. You can see the peeling and cracking which are clear signs of plastic.
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There are many ways to understand real leather, or full grain leather (the technical term). Leather is essentially animal skin. Can you imagine cow skin peeling or cracking as in the photos above? It got to have been terribly sun burnt! Also, we humans are in serious trouble if human skin deteriorates this easily.
How about premium leather bags that cost in excess of $20,000? If real leather peels and cracks so easily, there can be no justification for this price tag. $300.00 perhaps. Maybe $500.00. But definitely not $20,000 and above. The fact of the matter is that such bags exist and there is a basis for these price tags.
Maybe you don’t know fashion. How about military boots? We can’t really imagine our soldiers running around in peeling boots can we? Especially after all those imagery of them polishing boots till they can see their teeth and all.
Truth is, most of us have ever come across real leather products, and for reasonable prices. It is just that we have never really made that mental connection. If there are no problems, we will not stop for a second thought I guess. Well yeah, if something does last, you might like to appreciate it a little bit more.
Last but not least, just because a product bears the name of a world renowned brand, it does not necessarily imply “real leather”, nor “genuine leather”, nor the actual technical name “full grain leather”.
There is no better way to explain real leather than to explain it in conjunction with beloved brands, as above, that unfortunately offer much less than their promises.
In short, there are a lot, and I mean really a lot of people who think that because something is branded, it must be real leather. It is not.
Since I opened with a series of photos of belts, I introduce an essential real leather service for all white collar executives:
1. Full grain leather belts by AQUILA
No frills, no fluff is their philosophy.
Just good ole full grain leather belts at less than one-third the price of branded belts.
And do check out their belt strap replacement service.
Admit it. Some of you folks out there wear the priciest and the most branded belts because your colleagues pooled money to get you one on your birthday.
Perhaps, your spouse bought it for you only to have you give them a dressing down because of its price.
Then comes the time to replace the belt because of the fake leather nature of the original belt, as evidenced by the photos above. You cheapo can’t bear to part with your money to buy an original branded strap, which is likely to be the same fake leather, if the boutique even offers that service in the first place.
It is understandable and thank goodness you stopped right there.
I recommend AQUILA for all belt strap replacement requirements. They are the true belt professionals. One can even call them belt tailors if you will.
Did I mention that local tailors in Singapore carry full grain leather belts made by them?
2. Custom brass makers marks for printing on leather by Broadway Leather Company.
Did you know that you can even customise a brass stamp bearing your business brand or even a personal logo?
The leather industry is getting more and more exciting with ever more people making their own wallets and bags etc. right in their homes. Top it off with your personal brand. Heck you can even buy it for a good friend or your loved one who is into the whole leathery stuff!
Do check out Broadway Leather Co.. Go straight to their leather workshop and factory right here in Singapore.
3. Leather scraps by weight, partial leather panels and wholesale leather
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Also by Broadway Leather Co..
Thinking of making your own watch straps? Check out below what 500 grams of leather can get you. 4-6 pairs of watch straps no problems!
How about full sheets for your most ambitious project like a duffel bag?
But it is quite a hassle.
Don’t want to start entirely from scratch but would still like to have some fun and satisfaction by hand making your personal leather accessory? Read on.
4. Diy craft kits with pre punched holes by Hocks-Alcis
Leather panels with pre punched holes, needles and thread, and instructions all provided.
The one and only thing you got to do is hand stitch.
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Finished products are often expensive due to the expensive labour costs involved. However, partially finished items like these, stopped short of the hand stitching, brings the cost down drastically.
It makes for excellent personal and corporate gifts that can come with brands embossed on them
One doesn’t need to travel down to a leather workshop either, for courses which, frankly, teaches you basic skills that we have all more or less learnt in arts and craft or home economics lessons in school and at home at some point in our lives.
Think you know all about the leather industry at this point?
5. Custom steel rule cutting die punches by Broadway Leather Company
For the super duper serious leather crafter to whom “hand made” is no longer acceptable. You need precision, you need complex templates and you need sophistication. You are perhaps a shoe maker?
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6. Which brings us to custom leather shoes by AQUILA
Aquila shoes aren’t the cheapest in town, neither are they the most expensive. However, if a gentleman is looking for a comfortable work horse pair of leather business shoes, ie durable and easy to maintain with a brush and kiwi, do look Aquila up.
As per their business philosophy, Aquila shoes are made entirely out of full grain leather. No frills and no fluff, and at a decent price.
7. Leather splitting service
Broadway Leather Company previously provides leather splitting services only to carpenters and upholsterers for splitting leather for wrapping sofa buttons, but has since began opening the service to leather craftsmen.
8. Leather cabinet and drawer pulls for interior designers
Add a touch of timeless class to your wardrobe and drawers.