A heritage manufacturer of the finest leather goods, F. Hammann was established in 1864 in Offenbach just outside of Frankfurt. Still based in the same factory today, the brand is currently run by the fifth generation of the founding Hammann family and they are now the oldest leather goods manufacturer in Germany. With a collection which spans many areas of the luxury leather goods industry from leather desk accessories and manicure sets to travel accessories and luggage, F. Hammann manufacture products today which become heirlooms tomorrow.
The brand’s wide breadth of products are each made exclusively by hand by a team of highly skilled artisans, many of which have skills passed down to them by the generations before. Using the finest leathers sourced throughout Europe including calf leather from Italy, deerskin from Norway and bull leather from Germany, each artisan is a specialist in a certain area of manufacturing enabling the team to create truly exquisite pieces. Little has changed in the F. Hammann manufacturing process since the brand was first started over 150 years ago, demonstrating the care and attention given to each leather product the brand produces.
In the case of F. Hammann’s signature wash bags, the historic production process begins with the raw hides which are first vegetable tanned to turn them into supple leather, eliminating the use of chemicals. Deerskin is used for the outer leather as it is a wonderfully soft yet hardwearing material and the particular deerskin used is found in Norway as there is very little barbed wire across the countryside which could mark the hide. The leather used in each component of the was bag is carefully selected and the patterns required for the shape are then cut from the hide by hand with optimum precision. After cutting the leather is skived, a process carried out by machine which thins the leather to no more than 1mm thick, making it more pliable and easier to work with. The edges of each piece are then skived again to create a fine edge which allows for smooth, even folding and stitching.
After the skiving stage the individual panels are laid out and the lining is stitched onto each piece. The linings are a leather/textile composite which, like the leather outer, is soft yet durable and allows most spillages to be easily cleaned away. The F. Hammann stamp is embossed onto the lining at this point and the lining and outer panels are stitched together with the outer leather folded before stitching to create a smooth seam. The final phase to the process is to attach the zip and the bag is then passed through the quality control department. Every single items is inspected and checked by experts at the factory with any blemished, uneven stitching or faulty components spotted instantly. Any aspect that does not meet the exceedingly high standards of the quality control team are sent back to the factory for repair before starting the process again.
The same care and attention to detail is applied to every product from the smallest cosmetic bag to the largest leather-lined briefcase. Even the non-leather elements of the products are still required to match the same quality with manicure and grooming implements supplied by Eschenburg (Germany’s leading maker of precision grooming utensils) and padlocks made from blocks of solid brass. With 150 years of continuous family ownership, F. Hammann have been able to hone their unparalleled expertise in their craft and many employees choose to remain at the factory for decades during their careers. This dedication and sense of ownership has enabled the brand to create a unique archive of products telling the history of the development of the leather industry over generations, a legacy F. Hammann is still enriching today with every new product line.
F. Hammann’s luxury leather accessories are now available at Amara, with a wide selection of items for both men and women including shoe shine kits, wash bags and cosmetic bags to choose from.