Luxury, sustainably sourced textiles are one of my passions; when it comes to creating a garment, the story behind the fabric is just as important as the concept behind the design. So when I embarked upon a range of leather wear for Tengdahl's A/W 2015 collections, I wanted to find the softest, most beautiful leather - one that has been farmed and created ethically and sustainably - to shape my range.
Located in the small South Cantebury town of Timaru - one of the most breathtakingly green places on earth - New Zealand Light Leathers are deer leather specialists. Since 1973 they have been working with the world’s leading luxury fashion houses, supplying fine deer leather.
Each deer hide meets the highest standards of quality and consistency, ensuring each garment created from the resulting leather is of exceptional beauty and longevity. Their team of expert tanners and technicians craft each skin through more than 30 steps; and this is apparent when you wear any of the leather garments from this collection - the nappa features an incredibly luxurious finish, and is rich of colour.
This season I have designed a range of skirts, tops and jackets in fine deer nappa. To experience one of these items, visit our stores or shop at www.tengdahl.com/jackets
Watch the crafting process behind the leather creation: