DISCOVER PRESENCE HANDCRAFTED DURABLE LEATHER GOODS
Written by Menswear Style in Brands on the 5th October 2020 / Discover Presence Handcrafted Durable Leather Goods
Leather goods have always been synonymous with luxury. With thousands of leather goods on the market, being able to tell the difference between real and faux leather has never been so important. Presence is a London-based brand, specialising in leather bags and shoes. A new brand which is currently growing its collection in order to offer more variety to its users. Co-founders and brothers, Laurence and Adrian, come from a small family run business of leather traders, who have been in the industry for over 45 years. They cut their teeth having spent a lot of time in tanneries all over the world. Presence knows all about leather; trading it, sourcing it responsibly and selecting the highest quality pieces for their shoes and bags.
When it comes to buying leather products, especially high quality ones, Laurence’s advice is, “to ensure the product is of the highest quality leather, look at the smell and texture. It should smell like leather. It's hard to describe but it should definitely have a rich smell. When it comes to texture, the leather should be smooth. A heavy print means the quality isn't good, it will have been full of defects, so they print a wrinkled pattern which looks like skin onto the leather. Many people think this is an indicator of high quality, but it’s not. Good quality leather should be soft and smooth.”
Presence designs everything in London, while the items are handcrafted in India. Currently available to purchase are bumbags, backpacks and trainers, and with all products under £100, these items would make a beautiful birthday present or Christmas gift for someone special, or an investment treat for yourself. The designs for all items are luxurious and simple, all of which will quickly add a focal point to an outfit. The bumbags and backpacks are unisex, and although the backpack is on the larger size for a woman, it’s useful as a baby bag or gym bag rather than an everyday bag. But keep an eye out for smaller bag designs, especially for women, which are in the pipeline and due to be on sale soon. The beautiful leather, high craftsmanship (all items are handmade) and simple design will last through trends, seasons and years.
Presence’s signature Corium shoes feature a stylish simple design using durable European full-grain leather with suede detailing. They're designed in London and handmade in either black or brown tan. The inner shoe is completely leather; cushioned insoles, a smooth lining and padded tongue provide maximum comfort. Durable waxed cotton laces and sturdy non-slip rubber soles ensure long-lasting everyday wear.
The Pilgrim bum bag is on-trend, luxurious, minimalist and stylish. Ideal for carrying just the essentials. Made from the highest spec full-grain leather, it’s soft and smooth and features a cognac tone. Produced by hand, crafters work to ensure each and every belt bag is luxurious and durable, and able to withstand the rigours of daily life. Featuring three zips, two on the front and one hidden at the back, a silky maroon lining, YKK gold zippers, buckles, adjusters and leather pullers. The adjustable strap is versatile and can be shortened to 30 inches and widened to 46 inches, allowing it to be worn across the body or around the waist or hip.
The Sarcina backpack is designed for the "on-the-go" individual who won’t compromise on style. Using beautiful leather and crafted by hand, these minimalist backpacks are unique and durable, in a warm cognac tone. With a roomy interior, special laptop sleeve and zipped front compartment, their bags are versatile for parents, workers, gym goers or travelling. Not to mention, great for school or university as plenty of room for your laptop and books. Extra attention is paid to the finishing, which includes a silky inner lining, YKK gold zippers, leather pullers and comfortable padded shoulder straps.