Aquarian Leather is run by the father and daughter team of Ferruccio and Jessica Sorichetti. Jessica has been working by her father’s side for well over a decade now. She shares the same passion for making high quality bags and other leather products that customers will cherish and use for the long-term. Father and daughter are constantly developing new ideas for their customers.They employ a small group of highly skilled people who help them make the luxury products Aquarian is known for in the North American leather business. They design and manufacture a wide range of bags and accessories for clients who want a luxurious product that is built to last. “We design our items in a timeless style that doesn’t fall out of fashion easily or quickly. Virtually everything we make is custom-designed for our clients.”
At Aquarian, patterns are still drawn on tables, prototypes are constructed by hand, and designs are developed with clients through trial and error. All of the design is original and custom made, so working by hand right from the start is the only method possible. It ultimately leads to bags and other products that cannot be reproduced easily or cheaply. It also leads to bags that look and work like they should.The workshop is the place where ideas are conceived, tools are picked up and pieces of leather are sewn together. Mass production is unheard of here. Much of the work is done by hand. In this workshop, some tools are still used that few people can even identify these days (never mind use). The workshop exists in the name of quality. Quality of design. Quality of materials. Quality of workmanship. Few leather manufacturers aspire to this any more. Even fewer are willing to customise. In this workshop, custom work is carried out on a daily basis.
Hides are delivered to the workshop, and they take up space in almost every corner. The hand tools we use every day are rarely seen in leather manufacturing any more. Moon knives allow for the most detailed, skilled cutting of leather. Of course, they can also lead to lost fingers if used incorrectly. Compases, awls, measurement tools and other items are everywhere—they are only seen in workshops where things are always done right. Note the absence of any cookie cutters. Everything is tailored to the exact needs of the client.
“We design our items in a timeless style that doesn’t fall out of fashion easily or quickly. Virtually everything we make is custom-designed for our clients. We work closely with them from the beginning of the process to decide on which leather and hardware to use, and the exact specifications the product will have. Most of our work is done in small quantities. Some of our clients also demand limited-edition, numbered bags that are truly unique. The result is that our bags are like no one else’s.
We don’t want to be a part of the throwaway culture, where six-month-old items are discarded in favour of something new. Our designs are inspired by classics that look just as good now as they did many years ago. When we see a customer carrying one of our bags that’s been with them for a long time, it makes us proud to know we designed something that that doesn’t contribute to the disposable society.”
The small workshop has sewing machines in it, and a few other types of machines, but much of the work is still done by hand.
We manufacture our products carefully, with the highest-quality materials and to exacting standards. We don’t mass produce anything. When we see a customer carrying one of our bags that’s been with them for a long time, it makes us proud to know we designed something that that doesn’t contribute to the disposable society.
The methods we use have largely disappeared from North America. There aren’t many people left who know how to build bags the way we do. For more on this, visit Our Workshop and watch the video about us (below). They’ll give you a sense of why our products are so special, and why this level of quality is no longer easy to find in this part of the world.http://youtu.be/aeFe-o3rZ_A Find out more about Jessica Sorichetti and Aquarian Leather on their websiteIf you know other “Notable Artisans” for us to write about please let us know at admin@ArtisanOntario.ca