A fresh take on tradition
CARV leather bags, backpacks and accessories are skilfully handmade by Becky Cocker in the leather studios in Hackney (East London) and on the North Devon/Cornwall border. Becky uses centuries-old hand leatherworking techniques - without any machines - and only the finest vegetable tanned leather.
The CARV design style is minimal, creating striking modern classics that re-imagine and breathe new life into British leatherworking heritage. Becky’s design approach strips away the fuss of traditional leather bags, highlighting the quality of the leather and fine details through simplicity and clean structured shapes. The minimalist design showcases and complements the natural beauty of vegetable tanned leather. Find out more below or view the full collection of minimalist leather bags.
A more sustainable, slow approach to fashion
Becky Cocker is CARV's founder, designer and in-house leatherworker. After originally training and working for many years as a town planner Becky decided to pursue her dream of a creative path and a more environmentally friendly approach to fashion. She spent several years learning hand leatherworking skills through the writings and teachings of Valerie Michael and finally launched CARV in January 2016.
CARV was conceived in response to the rise of throw-away fashion and the environmental crisis facing our beautiful earth. It is a sustainable fashion brand based on a strong belief in the benefits of a slower, more considered approach to fashion, free from seasonality, encouraging more mindful buying decisions - buy less, choose well - and investment in local, handcrafted lifetime pieces.
Focus on lasting quality, craftsmanship, and community
A number of core principles underpin the CARV ethos:
Creating lasting pieces - Every CARV leather bag and accessory is entirely made by hand, with an attention to detail that ensures every piece is well made and long lasting. Find out more about the leather bag making process.
Focusing on quality over quantity - Due to the slower handmade production process, only limited numbers of CARV leather goods are made every year making each piece special and truly original. View the current handmade leather bag and backpack collection.
Using only chemical-free vegetable tanned leather - Becky sources leather from smaller traditional British, Italian and Belgian leather tanneries and uses only vegetable tanner leather. This type of sustainable leather is produced in a way that’s kind to the environment, lasts a lifetime and ages beautifully.
Local sourcing - All other materials are sourced from local suppliers to support a diverse UK skills base and manufacturing economy.
Community and Social - Becky supports local businesses and contributes towards programmes to help British women who are at risk of falling into poverty.
Visit the CARV London leather goods shop online to explore the current collection.