Introduction to Remnant Sourcing
This Blueprint is created for leather makers of all types. Far From Lost has been able to source the finest remnant leathers in the world, and we are sharing our process with you. Remnant leather is basically scrap leather, but it’s important to know that a lot of remnants are large in size and pristine in quality. This Blueprint will help makers source their own remnants for their making, reducing costs in material purchasing, and build a more sustainable product. What’s not to love.
The Sourcing Blueprint (Condensed)
To see the full length Sourcing Blueprint click here.
1. First things first, let's understand what you're making.
Ask yourself what leather characteristics are important to you as a maker, both in terms of aesthetic and durability - each will influence the finished product.
- What products do you make?
- What are desired characteristics in the leather you wish to work with?
- Type of Hide
- Type of Tanning
- Type of Grain
2. Make a sample
Now that you have an idea of what kind of leather you want to work with, test it out.
- Make at least one sample product before you commit to purchasing leather.
- How much leather will you need?
3. Time to search
Now that you’ve narrowed your focus, let's see where you can find a source of premium remnant leather.
The next step is finding a place that makes leather goods and contacting them to acquire their remnants. Leather manufacturers exist in all sizes and are more common than you might think. It is possible that there are several relatively close to your location.
- Do your research.
- Get on Google and start looking for leather goods manufacturers near you!
- Once you find a potential source, understand what products they make.
- Their products will determine what size remnants they may have. Read the full Sourcing Blueprint to understand why.
- Network - talk to people, collaborate with peers, etc. The more people you know in the industry the more doors will open.
FFL Pro Tip - look for belt manufacturers. Belt manufacturers have the largest remnants from my experience. Read the full Sourcing Blueprint to see why.
4. Start up a conversation with your potential source.
It’s time to get some premium leather remnants!
- Reach out via email, social media, or phone, whatever you think is best.
- Introduce yourself and explain what you are making and looking for.
Access the full Sourcing Blueprint here if any of this is unclear or you want more information. Also know you can reach us directly and our community of fellow leather makers on The Sourcing Hub Facebook Group.
I look forward to hearing your story!
Founder Far From Lost