Fast forward a few years, and we’re still cutting and prepping bag making materials, but now we package them up and send them to makers around the world. In order to scale in this way, we’ve had to outsource our fabric and leather cutting to local manufacturers, who can process a much higher volume of materials quickly, while ensuring precision and consistency. But much of our production still takes place in-house, where our team counts every rivet by hand, individually packs hardware into little baggies, rolls leather straps, pulls the correct pieces of pre-cut fabric, and packs it all into a maker kit tube, before it gets delivered to your doorstep! This is the story of how a maker kit comes to life…
1. Fabric is cut with an industrial cutting machine
When a pattern is finalized and we are absolutely certain that the measurements are correct, we send those measurements to a local fabric cutter, who programs their industrial fabric cutting machine to these specifications. In the video below, you can see a worker at Spooltown, a women-owned sewing factory, cutting spring green waxed canvas for our Slabtown full maker kits! Spooltown is even able to pre-punch rivet holes and pre-snip notches into the fabric. We love that we are able to support local small-batch manufacturing here in Portland this way.
2. Fabric is sorted at Klum House
Cut fabric is then delivered to Klum House, where we do a quality-control check, making sure that the measurements are accurate and the fabric itself is clean, without any strange markings or uneven wax. In this video, Ellie is sorting and organizing cut pieces of waxed canvas in the studio.
3. Pre-set color ways are rolled and organized
4. Leather is cut with a hydraulic press
We then work with a local saddle maker named LP, who uses these dies in conjunction with his hydraulic press (also called a “clicker press”) to cut our leather pieces. We use as much of the hide as possible. To minimize waste, we use offcuts to make smaller pieces, like leather washers and zipper pulls, or we sell them in our online shop as leather scrap grab bags!
5. Leather is organized and bundled in-house
6. Hardware is counted by hand and put into baggies
Because our hardware comes in three different colors (brass, antique brass, and black) and our leather comes in three different colors (tan, brown, and black), there are nine different combinations of leather and hardware (!!!) that get packed together, stored, and labeled, so we can easily grab the correct one when orders come through.
7. Ellie picks up tubes from a local manufacturer
8. Tubes are stickered by hand in-house
9. Kit orders are assembled and packed
10. Kits are mailed out and delivered to YOU!
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