Luxury Leather Accesories
Adan Ballou uses high-quality vegetable tanned leather as well as natural fibers on its lining materials
"A handbag is like a home. The outside should be expressive of the owner. The inside is the part that makes the structure a home."
AB Handbags go through different prototypes to find the best experience for all users. Attention to details on what we find valuable are a staple design item for Adan Ballou handbags.
Adan Ballou lives in the Canadian prairies where many of Canaada's Ingenous People live. Growing up in and around this culture taught him many things about the indigenous perspectives of our place in nature.
Leather is a gift that should be respected and appreciated. Turning a beatiful animal into beautiful leather is not an easy task, and Adan Ballou felt that by learning how to tan his own leather in a traditional way payed respect to the material. The animal is no longer anonymous to the artist, and endeavours to celebrate its life with what he creates.
The artist says thank you & asks the creator to bless the spirit of the animal that gave him this beautiful material to work with.
Natural Glues & Dyes
We use only sustainable, water-based glues, edge paints and dyes. The chemicals they contain do not affect the environment like those found in alcohol or petroleum-based colours.
The ‘Iron Black’ dye, used in some of our handbags, is made in house using an old cowboy recipe called ‘Vingaroon’. A combination of vinegar and iron is aged. When applied to vegetable-tanned leather, it reacts to the tannins in the leather and turns it black. Yet another heritage method Adan uses to create his designs.
Home, Decor & Fashion
We believe in supporting companies with similar values as what we have. We have partnered with other Canadian artists and companies to help us produced sustainable made products in Canada.
Made from silk habotai
All the scarfs come in five different sizes and made from 8mm 100% silk habotai. They get dyed by permanent reactive digital inks meaning your scarf print will never fade or wash away.
Machine rolled baby hem provides a durable yet delicate edge finish for your silk scarf.
The 100% silk habotai is made in a factory with OEKO-TEX certification for standardized and safe working conditions.
Yoga Pants & Leggings
All our pants are made in Canada, sweatshop free. Every pair of leggings is printed and sewn by hand in Montreal, Canada. The fabric used was also developed exclusively for this purpose, and is made by a local Montreal mill.
All stretch fabrics feature an EcoPoly fiber. This fiber is considered eco-friendly since it requires significantly less energy and water use during manufacturing.
Cotton & Linen
The reactive digital printing process ensures that the prints never fade with washes, and the woven 100% cotton fabric is designed to handle use and only gets softer with time.
The cotton/linen fabric used in our home decor line is made in a factory with OEKO-TEX Certification for standardized and safe working conditions.