Designs are sketched down and explored in more detail when the first prototype is constructed. Edward often discovers new ideas during this process and loves the freedom to develop these ideas and avenues organically.
'Only very small runs of each product are created for each collection and many of the bags are one of a kind designs which will never be repeated the same. Creating individual pieces is a key aspect to the way I work and evolve my products and designs.'
- Edward de Lacy.
Fine leathers are sourced from the Uk and Europe some from world renowned tannery's such as Elmo Tannery in Sweden. All the leather hides used are checked they meet high European standards.
The solid brass and plated steel hardware used is sourced locally from suppliers in and around Manchester. de Lacy is proud to use the highest quality Ykk Excella zips and the finest quality German Gutermann upholstery threads though out the collections.
The majority of the bags are individually hand cut by Edward before being stitched on a professional industrial sewing machine. Many of the smaller products are cut by edward using locally made metal 'Knives' (imagine an industrial pastry shape cutter). The leather product is then pressed out on a vintage Sweeney & Blocksidge Fly Press, made in Birmingham, England Circa 1920. The product is then ready to be sewn together.