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This honey gold pair of custom made jeans is the second we’ve created for a client who never owned a pair of leather jeans before he found us.
Me, I was very pleasantly surprised to get a request for jeans in a lighter shade in leather. Since our most requested colors are invariably black & brown, working in a color is a nice change. When we get requests for pants in lighter colors they are usually suede , but this is a very different look from what I knew this client was going for.
Once the skin was chosen, I suggested ‘milling’ the leather. Milling is basically tumbling the leather and it brings out a lot of marbling in this light colored skin. Adding texture to both the grain and the color as well as light natural looking wear. Most of this will normally happen over time as you wear leather jeans – this just moves it along a little.
Milling won’t work for all skins, but is very suitable for this particular skin which is called ‘Royce’. Our client’s first pair, which is in a cognac shade of Royce, was not milled. You can see the difference pretty clearly. Royce cowhide normally has a smooth semi-matte finish. Without milling a garment in Royce will remain pretty smooth during it’s lifetime, while the sheen will soften up a bit.
He wanted a second ‘tattoo’ design and I initially suggested a low contrast ‘tattoo’ thinking I might use a mid-tone brown. Maybe even the cognac shade I made his original pants in. As I worked on the design and did a couple of tests, I kept going lighter. My gut just went that way – I kept envisioning a tawny wild cat. I wanted that movement and the feeling of subtle markings or stripes, rendered in a tattoo inlay.
We create the designs specifically for each commission when we get a tattoo project. First, the artwork is rendered by hand to fit each specific piece it is meant for. Then templates are hand – cut, and test panels created so we can check design, color and stitching options. It’s a series of careful choices and steps that makes this particular technique uniquely special and personal.
My client is thrilled with the way these jeans came out and I am too.
Since each piece is 100% custom made prices will vary according to style, detailing, leather choice etc. More on the Process.