Meet the Makers : Our Moroccan Leather Artisans

Meet the Makers : Our Moroccan Leather Artisans

In 2016 Lost Little One proudly joined forces with a small Moroccan family business nestled deep inside the Marrakech Medina. With a history that dates back to the 1950's, Abdel and Karima provide full time work to more than 20 local artisans in Marrakech. Their workshop is conveniently located only seconds away from the community tannery where all of our leather is sourced. I have the pleasure of spending time this wonderful tannery while in Morocco and its always such a beautiful experience. The tannery is located in a local area, just outside of the Marrakech Medina. The vibe is very relaxed and the leather workers are never bothered by tourists, as they peacefully go about their day, creating beautiful handworked leather. 

Our leather artisans

I chose to work with Abdel & Karima for many reasons. Not only do they create high quality leather bags and source all their leather from this beautiful, traditional Moroccan tannery. But the front of house of this family business is run by women! This was an amazing find after so many years of travelling to and from Morocco, as working with women in the leather industry is extremely rare. Joining forces with Karima, Abdel and their team has been an absolute pleasure.

Moroccan leather artisans in Marrakech

While living in Morocco I spend my days coming back and forth from the tannery and workshop, perfecting designs and overseeing the production of our bags. As Lost Little One has grown, we have also watched their business grow with us, which is a great achievement for everyone involved and a core value of Lost Little One. Ensuring our artisans are benefiting from the business we provide is an important part of the process.  

Moroccan leather artisans working leather

Knowing who makes our products is important to us. Visiting the workshop and building a relationship with our artisans is a key part of the experience, being able to be apart of the hustle and bustle of Morocco is what it's all about.

Knowing exactly where our raw materials are sourced is also a massive priority to LLO. We chose to use vegetable tanned leather because of the history that ties it to Morocco and its people. The tanners were believed to have been the first to settle in Marrakech over eight hundred years ago, and here they remain, still using the same ancient techniques to create Moroccan leather. 

Ethically sourced, Melbourne designed, Moroccan made.  

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