Just finished customising this 1975 Raleigh Sirocco road bike.
The frame has it’s original copper brown metallic paint work which looks a treat. This Sirocco had some pretty old parts on it when I bought it so I have added a new seat post, front Miche Performance brake & track pedals.
The bike has been changed to a single speed rear free wheel. On top of all that I hand crafted the antiqued tan brown leather bar tape to match the Brooks “Swift” honey leather saddle with copper studs.
Recently I found this beautiful Gazelle hide in an auction. In the past I have made bags using hair-on cow hides. The Gazelle hide is perfect for the front of a bag as it has thicker fur at the base of the spine, which creates a mohawk in the centre of the bag, also adding some symmetry to the piece.
‘Emilie’, the finished hobo bag has been created using a soft milk chocolate distressed brown leather. The natural edges of this wonderfully soft leather have been used and sewn together as part of the design, producing an organic structure which can’t be reproduced the same, and which compliments the natural shape and essence of the hide itself.
Just to top it off I’ve sanded, bees waxed & polished a real cow horn for a handle strap, this is also accompanied with the beautiful soft brown leather and dusty gold brass & hardware.
Emilie has a further fully adjustable and detachable leather cross body strap. For the closure three brass pop studs have been added, in the centre and at each corner of the hide, inside is a further Ykk Excella zip closure. The hobo bag is lined in Liberty of London “Landis” Tana print cotton and has a large internal leather zip pocket.