I personally hand craft each bag. They are totally personalized for each individual and are meant to last a lifetime. Here are some of the steps:
Together we start by selecting the perfect artwork for the outside, front, and back. We also choose the artwork for the bags inside. The artwork can be one of my illustrations, a commissioned piece I draw just for you, a map, and/or a custom created textile design.
The artwork is put into the bag layout using my template.
I print the artwork on the material you've chosen: canvas, Tyvek or recycled polyboard (made from recycled plastic and stone powder).
I laminate the artwork (have you ever try to place a 36" wide x 10 foot long sticker onto something without a single wrinkle? It's no picnic.)
I burnish out air bubbles and wrinkles.
Using scissors, I cut out the die line shapes for assembly.
With a bone folding tool, I crease all folds and do a loose assembly to make sure everything is lining up perfectly.
I hand cut leather for the top, side straps, base corner cups, flap corners, shoulder straps, opening edge, and handle.
I dye leather pieces to match the bag design. Don't try this without really good rubber gloves or your hands will look like you got cursed by Lord Voldemort :-P
Hand wax and burnish leather to seal it.
Groove leather at fold lines and glue fold-over sections.
Bevel leather strap edges to maximize comfort and dye the beveled edge.
Hand burnish strap edges for a refined finish.
Print and cut ranger board insert (this is what gives the bag enough body to stand on its own).
Cut and apply foam padding for bag.
Assemble bag art with ranger board and padding to create the "naked" bag.
I build the leather-base corner cups and attach silver bucket feet to each one.
I then hammer silver rivets to hold them in place.
Position magnetic catch (or turn-lock) on front panel and lid.
Cut to length side straps, attach D-Ring strap connectors and rivet to sides and base.
Measure, cut, and fold-grove, the bag opening leather lip.
Rivet bag-opening leather lip to assembled bag.
Glue and rivet leather handle pieces to desired length and curve. I always make sure the handle is a comfortable fit for you.
Cut shoulder strap to desired length.
Using the buckle you've selected, I rivet the buckle in place, cut the strap ends to a finished point (dye and burnish edges) and punch the strap-length adjustment holes.
I attach swivel hook-catches to each end of the strap so the strap never gets twisted and is easily removable.
I assemble the iPad sleeve, and attach it to bags inside back.
After creating the iPhone holder, I attach it to either, the bag inside side, or outside. The iPhone holder is positioned on the dominant hand side so that you can reach for your phone and find it without having to think about it.
Now comes the really tough part. Each bag is thoroughly inspected by the toughest critic on earth, Dobby-Dog. If he gives it the nod, then all is right with the world, smiles all around.