BRAVE: Canadian Handcrafted Leather Bags & Accessories

written by LUKE March 4, 2017

BRAVE Leather is a fine leather goods company selling bags, belts and accessories all ethically designed and 100% manufactured and made in Canada. Founded in 1992 by Scott Irvine, BRAVE has grown to sell their product in over 1000 stores across 14 countries and has created over 2 million carefully handcrafted pieces for consumers. BRAVE Leather has been producing beautiful, high quality, handcrafted leather goods for over twenty years and their collection includes a variety of choices from belts for both male and female, bags and accessories.

The Factory

Every item in BRAVE’s catalog is custom made in their clean and safe Toronto Factory.  The leather workshop is has a mix of traditional leather crafting hand tools and advanced digital laser cutting machines. I love that they have kept the manufacturing in-house in Canada and have been fully committed to a transparent process. BRAVE’s workshop has moved 3 times since they started in 1992 in order to accompany their growing business and are now settled into a large efficient factory.

Skilled Craftspeople

BRAVE employs a highly skilled diverse team of craftspeople.  Artisans are paid a fair, living wage and treated like professionals. I loved reading up on BRAVE, and scrolling through their site I gathered a real sense that their work environment is a positive one. They have many key talented contributors who have been working at BRAVE since the beginning and head up their production and on their website describe the talent and care these craftspeople put into their job. To read up a little more on these skilled contributors click here

Now we are aware that leather is a touchy subjuct for many so we did look closely at Brave and their methods. The leather used for BRAVE products is solely a by-product of the food industry and not a single piece of material has ever been made from an animal killed solely for its skin. As well only zero VOC water based dyes and adhesives are used in the production of BRAVE leather. I personally found Brave’s transparency and policies regarding their use and sourcing of leather to be responsible and respectable.

Every piece we have feels luxurious. The black leather purse has become Jill’s go to as well as the black leather Darya choker. I love the belts they are both solid items that have maximum appeal with the Amal presenting a more classic sleek style while the Anda belt with a more soft and rugged look and feel.

Both the cuff and the leather wrapped bracelet are a great simple but bold accessory to any outfit.

And finally the Bridgewater weekend travel bag has become our go to travel bag because of it’s size and color. It has just enough space to fit everything you need; not too big and not too small. Plus the color and sturdy handles makes the bag very versatile and able to use for both him or her.


Amal Leather Belt  | A classic belt – 100% genuine Italian leather.

Anda Denim Leather Belt  | A cool street style belt – incredibly soft.


Tores Woven Leather Cuff | Handcrafted and made from woven Italian vegetable tanned leather.

Estee Double Wrap Leather Bracelet | Italian handcrafted leather.

Dora Leather Wrap Choker  | clean minimal design and looks so chic. Available in 3 colors and handcrafted with genuine Italian leather.

Bags & Purses

Darya Leather Crossbody (Black) | Classic fashionable bag made from buttery soft Italian Cervo Leather.

Bridgewater Waxed Canvas Weekend Bag | Our personal favorite this ideal duffle bag is perfect for weekend getaways.

This post was sponsored by Brave Leather. All opinions are our own and written honestly. At Sutton + Grove we feature brands and businesses that we truly love and believe fit within a conscious lifestyle. Read more HERE.

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