Member Since: Aug 2016
Louise Comora has honed her passion as a Master Leather Artisan and is now designing and producing one of a kind handbags that look, feel and behave as those made in France, Italy and London- yet she is making them right here in Sonoma County, California. Louise incorporates classic, elegant styles- using techniques and tools which date back centuries: saddle stitching, rolled handles, finished-detail edging to name a few. Louise was trained by a former retired Hermes’ leather artisan.
She recently trademarked the company as Bohlux (which stands for Bohemian luxury; she formerly called it “Itzalulu”). Her designs are simple, clean and elegant. She doesn’t believe in chunky hardware because it weighs the items down, and chooses high-quality, easy-to-clean and functional leather from France, New York, Texas, Napa’s Hide House and New Orleans (for alligator). She regularly travels to New York to see what’s new and what other people are doing and to keep inspiration alive.
“A bag should look new for a long time,” she says of her craft. “The majority of bags today have poured, plastic edges that peel or crack with age. That doesn’t happen with old-style stitching.” All of Lu’s instruments and tools are the same tools used by Hermès. “This is a lost art. It’s not the same technique Western stitchers use. Not a lot of people can do this. I feel really blessed and fortunate,” she adds.
Lu has a line of standard designs and also creates custom items where she works with clients to discuss their ideas. Then she creates sketches, a pattern and a prototype prior to assembling the final product. The process takes two to three months, but the result is a one-of-a-kind, treasured bag that will last for many years to come—and that’s hand made in Sonoma County.