The finest handcrafted, vegetable tanned leather bags from Wolf & Maiden Creative Studio were top of the DECO Safari Essentials list. Armed with the Paul Newman weekender,the Wolfpack backpack and The Hemmingway notebook cover, the DECO team landed on the dusty airstrip near Kruger Park – more than ready to shoot the Travel feature on recently revamped Singita Lebombo Safari Lodge.
DECO loves nothing more than a good story, and how Wolf & Maiden Creative Studio came to be is one such fateful instance. During his travels in 2011, studio owner Wade Skinner twice crossed paths on opposite ends of India with a mysterious French leathersmith. In return for Wade’s help with food and board, the Frenchman crafted for him an intricate leather tobacco pouch. Inspired by this experience, Wade immersed himself into the art of leather craft, and the Wolf & Maiden brand has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Perfected by master craftsmen and passed down through generations, the time-honoured technique of saddle stitching ensures optimum reliability and strength, rendered with venerable finesse and elegance. Through this time-intensive method, with full attention to detail, our master craftsmen meticulously sculpt and assemble each one of our creations by hand…
Wolf & Maiden describe their exquisite artisanal leather items as Crafted Heritage – ‘An impassioned salute to the craftsmanship of old, with a design ethos embedded firmly in the future’s gaze.’ Quite frankly, we couldn’t put it in better words ourselves. Wolf & Maiden leatherware is saddle-stiched and designed to last – better yet, designed to improve with age. Additionally, DECO sourced their high quality Safari Essential items soley from businesses that follow sustainable business practices and use environmentally friendly materials – such as Wolf & Maiden. Their sumptuous handcrafted and hand stitched leather products come in colors of tan, chocolate, nude and black, are tanned with extracts from tree bark and vegetable matter, and finally sealed with beeswax.
Sustainable elegance and a passion-charged penchant for timeless beauty.
Wolf & Maiden
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