Meet The Maker
Zac | Welcome Leather Goods
Hi Zac tell us about Welcome Leather Goods…
Welcome Leather Goods, is a project in making the best products in Australia from Australian materials (unfortunately it isn’t always possible to get Australian made materials). We have a strong emphasis on doing the right thing ethically and environmentally but also try and have a bit of fun and don’t take ourselves too seriously!
We have really good range of kangaroo leather wallets, zip pouches and clutches. We have made the odd custom bag and occasionally will do a small run of bags – so make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the opportunity to get involved!
How did you learn your craft?
I studied Industrial Design at University and have been working as a designer, designing bags, wallets and accessories for the past 7 or so years for some great Australian brands. During that time, I wanted to better learn how things were put together and figured the best way was to learn myself. I am mostly self-taught but I have been lucky enough to visit a range of different factories overseas and in Australia to see their best practices and also work with some really good people that have taught me a lot along the way!
Why kangaroo leather?
Kangaroo leather is just that good! There’s actually a heap of really good reasons, but I will try and keep it short. Firstly it’s environmentally the best choice for an Australian leatherworker. Kangaroo isn’t farmed and they’re native so don’t have any negative impacts on the environment. It’s strong – 10 times stronger than leather from a cow and around 30 times stronger than leather from goat’s or sheep and the durability/longevity is another scale to PU and other faux leathers.. The leather wears in really well overtime with a really unique look and feel. It’s also thin and super lightweight which makes it the perfect choice for wallets and accessories. For a few people being a material that comes from an animal mightn’t be ideal but Kangaroo leather is about as good as you can get. And finally, I wanted to use a material that was Australian and Kangaroo leather is uniquely Australian.
What do you like to listen to while you work? Any favourite Australian musicians?
Generally, 3RRR is going pretty strong in the background otherwise a good podcast is good to have whilst working away!
Who or what influences you?
I’m a big fan of some good furniture design. But I keep a pretty close eye on trends with footwear, outerwear, and bags. There are some really cool colours and details if you know where to look which keeps the ideas flowing!
Where is your favourite Australian holiday spot?
Having grown up on the Mornington Peninsula it’s a hard place to top but the last thing they need down there is more tourists! I just got back from a trip to Mallacoota which was great and it’s a great time to go and support all the areas affected by last year’s bushfires too. Anywhere with good beaches normally gets a pretty big tick from me!
It’s awesome to have so many great things being made in Australia and there’s been a really healthy push of people who want to buy Australian. But at the same time it can be really difficult to find and learn about these new brands and makers. So to have a community with everything in one space is really important.
And lastly, what did you want to be when you were growing up?
I was constantly changing my mind. From a baker, to a boat builder to a cabinet maker. I’m not sure I’ve grown up yet so maybe there’s still time!
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