PRESENTING - KAI HAMELEERS
Too often the smaller artisan labels are overlooked, even though they produce breathtaking handcrafted pieces using ancient techniques. This is no more evident than in the case of Hai Kameleers, launched by the designers duo Josa Aussems and Kai Hameleers based in their Netherlands atelier in Oosteind. A region in the province of Noord-Brabant which is well know for it’s artisans and creative district, for centuries Oosteind was the centre of the Dutch leather industry and more than twenty tanneries could be found lining the streets in the beginning of the twentieth century. Now only one remains, as Kai Hameleers continues you to carry on the age old tradition from 1895. In their atelier each stage of the leather processes take place resulting in fully-fledged and unique leather goods emanating KAI’s own design signature.
This is all achieved by the traditional way of handcraft, without the need for modern machinery, maintaining the exact processes from the dawn of the tannery. As each piece is individually handcrafted, every single piece has it’s own unique story and character. The labour of love and attention to detail that both Kai and Josa put into their creations are kept to a limited production ensuring exclusivity for those who own one of these beautifully formed pieces. The dedication and eye for detail that both designers are strictly trying to strive for are perfectly reflected into the products they make, crafting by hand each detail on every side and corner of a leather bag comparing it with sculpting a statue. A truly avantgarde label offering artistically crafted leather goods.
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