I'm Kelly I live in Irvine, Ayrshire, I feel blessed to have a wee studio in Irvine harbour where I teach sewing classes and also hand- craft leather accessories.
Inspired by my mum, who is a brilliant seamstress, and who made many of my clothes when I was wee, I started making clothes for my daughter when she was wee (she is now a wonderful sassy preteen). I decided to go back to education to learn more and eventually got my Hons degree in Fashion. That's where I first started working with leather, making leather jackets & coats. Since then I've been on a wonderful journey, learning the craft of traditional leatherwork. I take great pride in hand making each leather product entirely from start to finish myself.
ABOUT HEGRI HANDMADE
During the past few months, while everything has been a bit crazy, I was devastated at not being able to teach any sewing classes, and as a result, concerned for the future of my lovely wee studio. I kept myself busy designing and making new leather products. I had time to refocus, and decided to create a brand that focused solely on my Leatherwork.
Why did I call it Hegri Handmade? The name Hegri is Scots for Heron. I love herons and often see them by the harbour. Herons symbolise resourcefulness, determination, and sense of independence.
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
I am one of the Creative Scotland - Crowdfunder Competition Finalists. That means myself, and the other finalists are competing to get match funding from Creative Scotland. Only those who reach the targets soonest will get the funding.
I absolutely love what I do, and I'm ready to take it to the next level. I'm doing the Crowdfunder hoping to raise enough for equipment that will help me grow my small business. If I reach my target, I would invest in, an Industrial Bell skiver machine that will allow me to speed up my production time, and a desktop hot foil press so that I can personalise leather items at pop up events, increasing my opportunity to sell.
In exchange for your support, I have a selection of handmade leather items for you to choose from. Not only are you getting a beautiful handcrafted leather item that will last for years, you are helping the realisation of my dreams. Why buy from the big brands when handmade has soul!
£20 Reward- Thank You & Personalised Keychain
A huge THANK YOU for supporting my campaign. You will be sent a beautiful, thick vegetable tanned, leather keychain with burnished edges, solid brass lobster hook, keyring and stud, giving you different options for attaching to your belt or bag. Available in classic black or tobacco brown. With the option of having it personalised.
£30 Reward - Classic Leather Belt
You can't beat a timeless classic leather belt, made to last. Crafted from beautiful quality 3-3.5mm thick leather, with burnished edges. Choose black or textured tobacco brown leather, a solid brass or stainless steel Westend buckle, with a choice of widths.
£40 Reward - Personalised Compact Leather Purse
For those who don't like to be weighed down with a big purse, this compact leather purse is perfect. A soft leather lining with a rustic vegetable tanned leather shell, that will alter in time with wear, creating a patina unique for each owner, 2 card slots and a deep compartment for notes and change. Made from stunning vegetable tanned leather from Tusting & Burnett a family run British TanneryEstablished in 1938.
£50 Reward - Personalised Leather Bifold Wallet
Personalised handcrafted rustic leather bifold wallet, with matching small keyring in red or brown, with a choice of colour for the wallet note compartment lining. The rustic look of the wax finish vegetable tanned leather will, alter in time creating a patina unique for each owner. Made from stunning leather by Tusting & Burnett a family run British TanneryEstablished in 1938.
£80 Reward - The Marianne Tote
This hardy tote makes the perfect every day bag. Made from heavily oiled, pull up finish leather, with outer leather pocket, inside pocket and key loop. Make it your own by choosing the colour of the outer pocket and personalise it with your name or initials.
£125 Reward - The Alba, Sporran Style Handbag
Although inspired by the traditional Scottish Sporran, this crossbody handbag has a contemporary feel. Made with 3-3.5mm thick veg tanned leather, and gusset in textured black, hand dyed amalfi blue or limon yellow. The thread and front fastening strap will match the colour chosen for the gusset. Every bag has a handy inside pocket, and adjustable 2cm wide strap.
Please note only the gusset part made from stunning leather by Tusting & Burnett will have the choice of colour (the gusset is the panel going around the bag, joining the front and back panels. the front, back, flap & straps will still be black).
£200 Reward - Make Your Own Belt Workshop for 2
Share the day with someone special, learn a new skill, make memories and take away your very own belts that you hand crafted yourself. Visit the studio and learn traditional skills to make your very own, made to measure belt. Everything you need will be provided on the day, including a choice of leathers, as well as coffee and cake to die for from our Harbourside neighbour GRO Coffee.
I will send out a voucher in the first instance then an email to discuss a date that suits you best. (date may depend on Covid-19 restrictions).
£500 Reward- Supreme Supporter Subscription Box
Supreme supporters will be sent a surprise subscription package, bi monthly for a full year. The box will include a mix of classic items & exclusive products only available to Supreme supporters! I will contact you with a questionnaire after the campaign, in order to tailor a subscription package especially for you, to compliment your lifestyle with your favourite colours and styles in mind. The total value of this supreme supporter package is minimum of £700
All product pledges include postage recorded delivery in UK.
For the rest of the word - If you are ordering from outside of UK, your pledges can be shipped for an additional £10 international shipping fee . When 'checking out' there is a button allowing for 'additional donation, please add your £10 there.
I will email to discuss your personalisation choice and any belt sizes.
Please note Leather will always have natural marking such as dents, scars, scratches, wrinkles or blemishes. These natural markings or irregularities should not be considered as a defect but rather indications of genuine leather. Colours may differ ever so slightly from the photos. To see more product photos please see the my Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.
THANK YOU FOR LOOKING AT MY CAMPAIGN. PLEASE SHARE AND PLEDGE IF YOU CAN. MANY THANKS!
Photos by Wild Thistle Photography Props.
Video by the Shaun Milne