Rennes is a Boston based design studio started by Julia Okun in 2008. All pieces are designed in house; many are sewn by hand in our studio and some are produced locally and ethically in Massachusetts by skilled craftsmen and craftswomen. We work closely with our local factory and frequently visit 2-3 times a month to oversee the production process. Attention is placed on small details, unique materials and craftsmanship. We believe that making items by hand creates community and inspires others to do the same.
In 2014 we began carrying some of our favorite designers in our store. We pick brands that are a good fit aesthetically and for their ethical manufacturing practices. We hope you enjoy their work as much as we do.
How did we get our name? Good question, long answer! Besides designing, we have a passion for archaeology, anthropology, folklore, and history. Rennes-le-chateau is located in southwestern France in the Pyrenees and is home to a legend about the holy grail (we were into this way before the da vinci code). For simplicity’s sake we shortened that to Rennes, which is also a city in northern France. Rennes also means reindeer.
All leather our products, unless noted otherwise, are made from US tanned bullhides. These 8 oz steerhides are aniline tanned with a waxy top coat. This gives the leather a very soft finish. This tanning method allows for a natural feeling product with no artificial top coats. Since the leather is essentially left naked, sometimes it can susceptible to marks and scuffs over time. We believe this quality allows the leather to age naturally and beautifully. If you have gotten a mark on your bag, we recommend taking it to someone who cleans leather professionally. For non-oil or dye based stains, we suggest using a damp cloth - rub the surface for a few minutes with the cloth. If you end up saturating the leather with water, we recommend pulling out any cloth linings for brighter color as there is the chance the finish could get into the fabric. Let the leather air dry overnight and do not place a near a heat source.
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