The supple and at the same time tough characteristics of leather have inspired Thomas van Rongen. He has brought the two properties together into a single piece of leather and used this to create his Leather Series: a backpack, laptop sleeve and a credit card holder for men. The hard-wearing bottom parts of the products have been pressed inside a mould, adding strength to the leather and ensuring that it forms a safe cover for its content. The products are closed by folding or rolling up the supple upper part of the leather. Hand-stitched synthetic yarns and 3D-printed fasteners form a contrast with the traditional feel of the leather.
Thomas van Rongen
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