- TCO Leather Goods
Leather Goods Made in Topanga
In 2013, inspired by the artistry of leather crafting, we put our creativity to work by making small leather items such as belts, keychains, valet trays, and mason jar holders. Over the years we continued to invest in leather-making equipments and we now make a variety of shoulder bags and totes, canvas tool bags, duffle bags, and much more.
Our shop location has a big influence on the development of our leather goods. Topanga Canyon has always attracted creative minds and independent spirits to its small community since the 60's. The music scene of the 70's put Topanga on the map with artists such as Neil Young, Jim Morrison, Mick Fleetwood and Joni Mitchell who lived in or frequented Topanga. In fact, our shop cabin was once a jam sessions studio for Eagles and The Doors. Today, the creative energy continues to grow and has inspired us to become leather craftsmen in our own way.
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How our products are made
A press that likes to work under pressure
All projects start with cutting out leather or canvas pieces. This can be done manually with hand cutting tools, but we prefer to use our eight-ton press to die cut the material with precision. Die cut produces consistent cuts every time but it can be expensive for the dies, so it's better suited for higher volume productions.
In addition to cutting, the press also stamps out logos and designs on the leather using metal stamps. We like to be creative and use different objects such as bike cogs to imprint the cog teeth on some of our products for that unique look.
Burnisher for the perfect edge
To give finished leather products that glossy and smooth finish on the edges, we have a burnishing machine that does it perfectly for us. One side of the machine is a sander that sands the edges flat and removes extra unwanted material. Then we use the burnishing side to "burn" the edges so they come out super smooth with a shine.
This burnisher is a huge time saver because the spindle rotates at such high speed that a hand tool simply cannot match.
Skiver is a real helper
Skiver is a machine that reduces the thickness of the leather based on the product type so that the skived part becomes more pliable, thus easier to work with. Our amazing skiving machine has many adjustments and can trim down a piece of leather in seconds instead of minutes by hand.
The skiver is a game changer because it allows us to sew super heavy-duty leather and still be able to fold the edges when we need to. It opens up the possibilities for all types of leather that we work with.
Bonnie and Clyde sewing machines
We have two industrial leather sewing machines that can tackle just about any project we throw at them. Clyde is the bigger of the two that can sew through 1" thick leather with ease. It's a very impressive machine indeed. We use Clyde to sew the thick leather bottom to the heavy-duty canvas body of our popular tool bag.
Bonnie is the smaller stitcher of the two and she's great for more intricate items like the leather menu covers we made for Sophy Hotel in Chicago.
Leather Goods Gallery
The Belt Brigade Is Available For Your Next Event
Our mobile belt manufacturing out of a fire truck is now in full swing. Capable of supporting small and medium size events, the Belt Brigade will show up in a genuine retired fire truck at your private event and make leather belts, coaters, keychains and more on premise.