For friends of the neat style. Solid cowhide shoulder bag The inspiration for this shoulder bag are the just as indestructible as practical hunting and cartridge bags, which in their fundamental design have been known for centuries. In France, these satchel bags are already quite en vogue in civilian life as well and known as Sacs à Cartouche. The bag is just the right size for the things you want to carry with you every day, be it your cell phone, wallet or purse and all the useful little things for everyday life. Yet it remains a fairly pleasant and portable item to carry.
Our Cartridge Bag No. 1 is reduced to the very essentials: What you get is solid vegetable tanned cowhide, quite sturdy but not too stiff, no lining, tough stitching, mostly hand stitched, solid brass buckle, adjustable shoulder strap. Inside there are two large compartments and a small pocket for cell phone and pens. The result: absolutely outdoor-ready in urban situations. And if something should get damaged after a long time or by some unlucky coincidence: Virtually everything about this bag can be repaired or mended.
Please keep in mind: You choose and order the shoulder strap separately with all our shoulder bags!
For our bags, we use different leathers with quite different properties. All of these leathers are vegetable tanned, and they come mainly from German, sometimes from French tanneries that work to high standards.
We only use carefully tanned leather, sometimes we accentuate with colors, and otherwise only rely on different leather greases. The result: Our leathers age naturally and evenly, and they develop a patina that is unique for every piece – which, by the way, also depends on how you care for the leather. Leather greases, oils or other leather care products may contain different ingredients that can affect the color as well as the color intensity.
Please keep in mind: Each hide takes on the color or hue of the tanning agent in its own way, each dyeing process goes a little bit differently. And as to how your display or monitor shows the colors: we have no influence on that. Color deviations on your display and on the original piece are therefore normal and not a fault.
Oldgermany Cowhide Brown
This leather is tanned using a traditionally used method. Its basic light brown hue comes from pure vegetable tanning agents. There are no additional dyes involved. The leather gets heavily greased in the tannery, making it noticeably heavier and somewhat stiffer to the touch.
Oldgermany Cowhide Brown barely changes when exposed to the light for a longer time, but moisture lets it darken significantly. Drops for example also leave behind recognizable stains. Fortunately, in most cases you can easily level out stains by wiping the leather with a slightly damp cloth. Damp Oldgermany Cowhide Brown may rub off a little, especially in the beginning; the water-soluble colors come from the plants used for tanning. From most textile fabrics they can be washed out simply with water.
Softer and smoother to the touch comes a variant, Oldgermany Cowhide Milled.
Our Cowhide Pullup is entirely vegetable tanned in the north of Germany. It is extensively treated with a special, relatively hard grease that makes the leather stiffer and creates sort of a thin waxy layer on the surface. When the leather is bent or folded, stretched, scratched or scraped, the leather will therefore show lighter stripes in these places. These obvious signs of use are a desirable, purely visual effect that is typical of richly greased leather. Just as typical: Pullup leather will for a long time not require any special care, and it is exceptionally durable.
Cowhide Pullup becomes a little brighter with time. This is mainly due to the fact that the grease in the top layer or the wax layer wears off a little. So it’s rally just a really superficial effect. Moisture, on the other hand, renders Cowhide Pullup a bit darker. Both effects are noticeable, but relatively small. In case water stains should become more noticeable, it is usually sufficient to wipe the leather evenly with a damp cloth; this will even out the color again, and the leather might become a little bit darker.
This exceptionally sturdy leather also comes from a tannery in the north of Germany, which manufactures it for us using vegetable tanning agents. It’s only lightly greased, which makes it not as heavy as our typical greased leather types Oldgermany and Pullup. The leather receives its color entirely from the tanning agents, which give the very bright natural hide a still light to medium brown shade.
On the other hand, Cowhide Natural will develop its patina and traces of use relatively quickly at the beginning. It will also darken considerably in the light, and the color tone may also shift somewhat. This is part of the unique character of this leather.