Samak´s bags are hand cut and hand sewn, Samak´s leather is made in Spain, and the price reflects these realities. I do everything in this shop with old and simple tools that I have the skills to maintain. People that work in Samak are the kind of people that cook their own lunches, their own bread. The same kind of people that once filled the shops that were our pride in the heyday of good craftswomanship. We are living this today. You can bet my kitchen have sharp knives, we take care of the houses we live in and the communities in which we thrive.
Keeping the dream of the small workshop is vital because self employed people and very small businesses have far more political and economic agency, they can do things because they are good or beautiful or right, not just because it is the only course that can continue to increase profits. Many companies can only make choices like a heavy freight truck with bad brakes. That’s far too crude a tool for the kind of proud and elegant society I am working to build.
I know that the value of the small shop is in the freedom it gives me and I show that the value of handcrafts is resilience in society.
The work I create shapes the kind of people I call neighbors. I work in Samak because I value learning more than income, I make it work, and I do that because I dream of doing something for myself. The skills I come away with are both varied and primary, I can measure accurately, layout accurately, cut accurately, plan clearly, sharpen tools, make tools and jigs that are needed, think creatively, the skills I gain will be put to use every day of my life, in my private as well as economic life, I will make just as good carpenter and machinist as leatherworker. This is the value of the workshop, it produces people who have the mind, the skills and the autonomous power do things. I am not just selling bags, I am selling the living reality of ingenuity and a society of independent, creative, capable neighbors.
My hope is that you can see what I am about here and that by supporting me you are helping to shape a more beautiful, autonomous and healthy society.