Zatchels Factory Tour - Leicester 2013
I hope you all enjoyed last week's post on the new Zatchels Factory Shop that has just opened in Leicester, this week I'm going to show the pictures I took when we were given a tour around the factory.
All of the satchels that are made by Zatchels are made in the factory in the centre of Leicester and we were shown the entire 'journey' that a new bag takes whilst it's being manufactured. The bags are individually made by the skilled craftspeople in the factory, each satchel takes roughly 20 minutes to create before it is put through a thorough quality control. It's amazing to think that such a huge brand is still based in the UK, a lot of the other factories in the midlands which once dominated the leather goods market now lay redundant.
It was really interesting to see the process that happens to create the bags and I loved seeing all the love and care that the workers were putting into the bags. My Dad actually works in the leather industry and is really passionate about it, I grew up in a house that always had the lingering scent of leather and the Zatchels factory was a nice reminder of that.
One of my favourite parts of the tour was seeing the collection of leathers that were in the centre of the factory all piled up on the floor and on shelves, the range of colours was huge and I loved seeing all the patterned leather too. It really put in perspective the extensive variety of colours and patterns Zatchels work with.
I was really interested in the actual process of making a satchel and the tour opened my eyes a little bit, each bag is handmade from a sheet of leather. The leather is cut using industrial knives loaded into a machine which is guided by a worker, the pieces are then passed on to the sewing machinists to be stitched together before the straps and pockets are added. Once the bag is in one piece it is passed on to quality control for the final checks to ensure that it's perfect - if it's not 100% up to scratch the bag will be passed on to the factory outlet shop and sold for a discounted price.
It was a great experience visiting the factory and seeing where the infamous Zatchels bags are made, I found it really inspiring and I can now look at my two Zatchels bags and appreciate how much effort has gone into making them.
Check out the Zatchels website to see all of their lovely bags: www.zatchels.com
Do you own a satchel?
What's your favourite style that Zatchels make?