Erdem’s previous trade was in mechanical design, and there he picked up a thing or two about building things from scratch—and the effort involved in making them by hand. So when he found himself drawn to leatherworking, he realized he could apply some of the same design principles. Erdem started sketching and dreaming up ideas for what kinds of items would be the most useful, and he carefully selects the designs he finds most down to earth and meaningful to bring to life. Because his goal is to create items that last, his wallets are built of the best leathers he can get his hands on, lined in sturdy fabric, hand-sewn using a tear-proof stitch technique and punched with hundreds of tiny holes in order to put it all together. Sure it takes a little longer to make, but the unique result of his handiwork is well worth the wait.