After many months of investigations, surveys, prototypes, the Valet de pique backpack is coming soon... We can already give you a date: it will arrive on Tuesday, February 25th at 10am for pre-order on our website.
The development of the product was done in close collaboration with our partner workshop located in the heart of Paris in the 11th district. A family-run factory held by a brother and sister with over sixty years of know-how. Everything is made by hand or with machines as old as the company. Authentic, local and sustainable (that makes sense and fits our values).
The first step in the creation of a Valet de pique piece is the creation of a pattern. We draw our inspiration from our readings, from the observation of the fashions, from your feedbacks, your requests. We then make a first drawing of the design. The drawing is then sent to the workshop.
We collaborated with Eric, who has been working in this workshop for more than ten years as a leatherworker. He made the templates that allowed us to have a first feedback on the shape of the bag in three dimensions. He shared with us his expertise on the solidity and harmony of the backpack. We then made small modifications (on certain details, on the volumes of the bag, etc.). Each gusset, each strap, each pocket is then named and numbered.
Once the first template is finalized we show the model to our panel (people representing our brand). We study together the points of improvement, the details to be improved, while trying to keep the simplicity of the product which is dear to us, and a reasonable price.
Once these steps are done, we make (finally Eric) a leather prototype.The leather is cut with a sharp knife and a steel ruler, the logo Valet de pique is embossed on the leather with a press. The pieces are then machine sewn. Sewing machines as old as the company. With a decorative slanted seam, reminiscent of the saddle stitch. This is the same technique used for the leather goods at Hermes.
After sewing, it's time for the final touches. This includes adding rivets to reinforce the corners, smoothing the edges and edge dyeing to make the piece even more elegant.
Working with leather requires patience, perseverance and lots of practice. But let's not forget that leather can often surprise you beyond your expectations...
See you soon, we'll be back next week with more details.
Martin - Valet de pique