Roihuvuoren Nahka is a one man company. All work steps from design to product finishing are done by Antti in his office in Roihuvuori.
Crafts with heritage tools
Antti's family works in the family and he does some of the work with the tools he inherits from his shoemaker. All work steps are done by hand. The carefully hand-made product has a very special feel!
I got to follow the emergence of Upcycler’s range of bags in the workshop.
Vegetable tanned leather
Roihuvuoren Naha's products are vegetable tanned leather. Vegetable tanned leather is a more ecological material than chrome tanned and, due to the longer manufacturing process, also a more valuable material. As a new plant, tanned leather is rigid, but softens in use and patinates naturally beautifully.
Antti procures leather from England, where small quantities suitable for the size of production are available. Leather is a surplus for the food industry.
Some bags and card cases are unpainted. The natural color of the skin patinates to light brown. Darker shades are hand-dyed by dripping the color onto the leather surface.
Made to last
The products have been designed with simplicity and durability. There is nothing extra and that is the beauty of the products. Thoughtful shape, high-quality material and meticulous work - they are made into a leather bag that lasts for years.
The bags are not lined, but the leather is visible on the inside of the bag. Every seam and carefully made stitch is visible. Beautiful!
Light skin becomes darker over time.
Leather is a well-groomed material that lasts for decades. However, if your leather product breaks in normal use, it will be repaired by the author himself.