My friend Jacques Ferrand trained as a traditional leather cutter and sewer, and after 14 years of apprenticeship, set up his own shop, Crèvecoeur (23 r. Des Blancs Manteaux, Paris, France). He normally works on bags, shoes, and belts, either directly for customers under the name Etablissements Ferrand, or for labels such as Hermès.
Today he called me to show me the bike he’s just finished covering, and the result is quite spectacular. Every inch of the frame is covered in thin leather, down to the lugs and tightest spots of the bottom bracket, and the saddle and grips are in ostrich leather. Although some thin chrome vintage tubular rims would have worked better, and maybe a road bike with baskets and mudguards would have been more fitting than a track bike with risers, this is a rather impressive demonstration of his craft.
Jacques did skateboard decks in leather before:
And is now doing brogues with a bespoke bootmaker in-house:
Jacques, his (sexy) team, and Vador the dog in the workshop:
Tools of the trade: