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We love a Tattoo theme, it works so well with leather and can be applied in so many different ways. We’ve done full length coats with Spinal tattoo work, and even evening gowns and boleros…& we have just scratched the surface of what can be imagined along these lines
The jeans are in made up in a rich mid-tone Royce cowhide that we call cognac. Royce has always been our most popular leather for men’s jeans, it has a semi-matte finish that is the result of pressing the hides to bring up the natural oils. It has a very nice hand and is a good mid-weight range hide. A substantial skin, but quite supple and breaks in quickly. It’s also very easy to care for and gets better and better with wear.
For the inlay we used a chocolate brown shade of the same leather, rather than going for a high contrast black, we wanted something a little subtler for these jeans.
In one image you’ll see an attachment that is common for hand-guided western stitching like you see on boots. We use this attachment depending on the leather – see the little indentations? It won’t work on all leathers – but it’s a very handy option for the right leathers, like this one where the indentations disappear a little while after stitching. Plus – it’s fun to freehand!