CARV is an independent artisan leather accessories brand based in Hackney Wick in East London. CARV bags are designed with a unique minimal aesthetic and carefully crafted by hand from start to finish using centuries-old hand skills and A grade British and Italian vegetable tanned leather.
The clean minimal design style showcases the natural beauty of vegetable tanned leather produced in traditional tanneries using natural tannins, such as tree bark.
Becky Cocker is CARV's founder, designer and in-house atelier. After training as a town planner Becky decided to pursue her dream of a creative path, believing strongly in the benefits of slow fashion and in the importance of sustaining local manufacturing and traditional tanneries in the modern fashion world. Becky launched CARV in January 2016 after learning hand leatherworking skills through the writings and teachings of Valerie Michael.
A number of core principles underpin the CARV ethos:
Each piece is carefully made by hand from start to finish in East London ensuring it is well made and long lasting.
limited numbers of each bag are made every year allowing attention to detail and lasting quality.
We only use chemical-free vegetable tanned leather, Meaning support for traditional British and Italian tanneries, materials that are kinder to the environment, and ensuring our bags age beautifully.
All materials are sourced from local suppliers to support a diverse UK skills base and manufacturing economy.
Becky actively promotes skills and knowledge exchange and is pleased to share information about leatherworking, suppliers and advice on setting up a small business.
You can visit the CARV studio in Hackney Wick by appointment and we are at Broadway Market every Saturday.