Thursday, September 19, 2013

Purses by Graf & Lantz now at Smith Galleries

   Smith Galleries is pleased to now feature the hand made felt purses of Holger Graf and Daniel Lantz.
   The making of a Graf & Lantz bag starts with the selection of leather and fabric. They hand cut the materials making sure to maximize yield and selecting the appropriate areas of the hides for use in the bags. The parts are then assembled in steps and stitched together by a small team of experienced bag makers. All finishing, quality control, packaging and shipping is done in house to deliver the very best product.
   Traditionally made with wool, felt is considered to be the world's oldest fabric. Although these days there are mainly synthetic fiber felts on the market there are still a handful mostly European producers left that specialize in high quality wool felt. Graf and Lantz import custom felts from Germany which has a rich history of felt manufacturing that continues today. The felts used are made of merino wool which is prized for its ultra fine fibers and soft feel. The natural oil content of the wool makes the felt stain and water resistant.
   If any spills occur just dab off moisture with a wet towel or rinse lightly with water and it can be dry cleaned as well if necessary. Best of all wool felt is a natural, sustainable and biodegradable material. The felt used in these bags is certified according to the Oekotex standard (
   Smith Galleries is located at 1000 William Hilton Parkway in suite J11 (upstairs) of the Village at Wexford. Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday. 800.272.3870