The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is one of the best fantasy novels of all time, and that’s thanks to its use of the leather used in the film trilogy.
It’s an approach that was adopted by a lot of filmmakers from the 80s onwards.
This particular bag was made with an innovative approach, where a leather jacket was used to create the lining and the inside of the bag was created with leather, a process that required the jacket to be cut to order.
And that process required a lot more work than you might think.
“We spent four days on the leather jackets in the process, so that’s a lot to get right,” says John Gies, the director of the footwear brand.
Gies started by cutting leather jackets at the factory to create leather lining, then adding a second layer of lining to create a final layer of the jacket.
“The stitching is on the inside, which means it doesn’t have a lot going on, so it has to be really tight,” he says.
“It was really important to have the jacket completely sealed so the glue would hold it together, and we used a lot less leather on the jacket than on the trousers.”
Once that was done, the bag went on to be custom made using the leather from the film jackets, with the leather lining being added at the final stage.
“I got a lot out of it.
It wasn’t a simple leather bag,” Gies says.
It took the entire process of making the bag and finishing it in one day to create it.
“In the end, it was really impressive to create something that is handmade and that has a very distinctive look,” he adds.
To be able to get this leather lining right, however, was another story.
The jacket had to be re-sealed after it was completed, as well as having its interior filled in with leather.
“That takes time and a lot work, but it’s actually the best thing that we’ve done,” Gied says.
There’s still a long way to go before the leather is ready for the final jacket.
However, that was the case for Gies and his team at The Leather Company, who were able to complete their jacket in one week.
“They were able do it so quickly,” Gie says.
If you’re looking to make your own leather bags, be sure to check out our guide to making your own stylish leather bags.