Richard Paige is a fine leather goods company founded in 2016 by husband and wife-duo, Tom & Brit Schell. Every piece is hand-sewn with quality materials from leather purveyors around the world. We strive to create completely handmade and hand-sewn products in a simplistic & modern way, while still respecting the past.
Australian leather craftsman Tom Schell has always loved working with his hands, no matter the medium. He first got into leather work in 2012 when his wife, Brit, mentioned her need for a simple black clutch. Always fascinated with how things are made and true artisanal work, this first bag was therefore created solely by hand. As the clean and classic aesthetic of the bags began to resonate with others, Tom’s ever-persisting itch to create with his hands full-time continued to grow until Richard Paige was formed in 2016. The attention to detail and quality that he values in traditional artisan craftsmanship is now a philosophy he applies to his leather work, as every piece is created solely by hand. The proof is in the look and feel of our bags and the display of heart and perseverance behind them.
Tom made his first bag in 2012 for his wife simply by picking up a few tools and a hide, and nothing has really changed. We still use our hands and basic tools to make leather bags and accessories with simplistic, thoughtful design, and a passion for perfection in every detail. We use what's called a saddle stitch, which is a stitch that can only be created by hand; this style of stitching far outlasts that on a machine and ensures a leather good that represents artisanal craft and will last for years + years.
We also produce on a made-to-order basis to ensure we are not contributing to excess waste, something that we are constantly striving to be mindful of. We source our leather from U.S + European tanneries and mindfully manufacture our bags in our studio in Adelaide, Australia.