A fresh take on tradition
CARV leather bags and accessories are skilfully handmade in East London using centuries-old hand leatherworking techniques - without machines - and using only the finest vegetable tanned leather sourced from small tanneries.
The CARV design aesthetic is minimal, creating modern classics that re-imagine and breathe new life into British leatherworking heritage. A clean design approach is taken, stripping away the fuss of traditional designs and highlighting details through simplicity and sharp structuring. This minimalism showcases and complements the natural beauty of vegetable tanned leather.
A more sustainable, slower approach to fashion
Becky Cocker is CARV's founder, designer and in-house atelier. After originally training and working for many years as a town planner Becky decided to pursue her dream of a creative path. She learned hand leatherworking skills through the writings and teachings of Valerie Michael and launched CARV in January 2016.
CARV was conceived in response to the rise of throw-away fashion and the environmental crisis facing our earth. It is a brand based on a strong belief in the benefits of a slower, more considered approach to fashion buying decisions, encouraging investment in lifetime pieces and quality over quantity.
CARV is about contributing to a sustainable local artisan craft economy and supporting traditional tanneries in the modern fashion world.
Focus on lasting quality, craftsmanship, and community
A number of core principles underpin the CARV ethos:
Creating lasting pieces - Every CARV piece is carefully and entirely made by hand, with attention to detail ensuring every one is well made and long lasting. Find out how it's done here.
Focusing on quality over quantity - Limited numbers of each bag are made every year allowing attention to detail and lasting quality.
Using only chemical-free vegetable tanned leather - Meaning support for traditional British and Italian tanneries, materials that are kinder to the environment, and ensuring CARV bags age beautifully. Find out more about vegetable tanned leather here.
Local sourcing - All materials are sourced from local suppliers to support a diverse UK skills base and manufacturing economy. Discover our suppliers here.
Community - Becky actively promotes skills and knowledge exchange and is pleased to share information about leatherworking, suppliers and advice on setting up a small business. Get in touch with any questions or ideas for collaborations here.
Visit the shop to take a look at the current CARV collection.