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Inside Aviatore

by Ryan Ward July 27, 2017

Inside Aviatore

Last week, we quietly introduced a new member to the Evo range. 

The last time we added a new leather finish to the Evo range, it was the Nero model. Smooth, all black. Nice. This time we sourced a wholly different kind of leather.

The Aviatore leather comes straight from Italy. You may have seen this particular kind of leather used in shoes, purses and wallets and this is one of the reasons we chose it. The rich quality of Aviatore leather just blew us away and added a whole new dimension to the Evo range of wallets.

Aviatore wallet laying on brown vegetable tanned leather

We'd been asked in the past to introduce a more 'traditional' leather, something removed from the Carbon fibre oriented models. After much searching, we sourced a leather directly from a company that have been operating for over sixty years as top leather tanners and distributors. Our supplier provides leather to over 120 countries to a wide variety of craftspeople, from shoemakers to fashion houses, saddleries to upholsterers so we were confident in the quality of the Aviatore leather before it even arrived.

Brown Leather both topside and underside used in wallets

Over the past few years, we'd become accustomed to working with Carbon leather and its inherent toughness. The same isn't necessarily true of Aviatore. There's a great delicacy found in this leather and needs to be treated in a completely different way, much the same way it is used when making shoes. With this in mind, we had to go back to the woodshed and learn a whole new method of leather-working. 

Leather press used at vanacci to cut out wallet leather

As each Evo wallet is now made to order, this gave us only a limited attempts at getting the application of Aviatore right. Too much tension and the hide might split, too little and it might sag. To say that it's an elevated art form is an understatement. 

Once we'd nailed it, we set about bringing Aviatore to life through its historical connotations. Aligning this beautiful supple leather with the aviation industry that it would have been used in from years gone by, the leather bound instruments and control of those early planes are brought back to the fore through the simple meeting of high quality leather and brilliant stainless steel. Both these aspects are brought together by hand and to order for each and every Evo wallet, even more so for Aviatore due to the sheer delicacy of the leather.

Image shows 3 stages of wallet production from its base to finished wallet

So in the end, while adding in a beautiful new leather seems like a simple task, we've all had to go back an re-learn everything we knew about leather work. For every finished model, much like the origins of aviation, there are many failures, but they all work towards creating a functional and beautiful piece of art that you can carry with you wherever you go. You can buy Aviatore form our site Here 

Ryan Ward
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