CLEVER DESIGN,
QUALITY & PRIDE

The TRMTAB combine clever design, quality & pride through the hands of factory craftspeople. We collaborate with factories to create unconventional, throughtful ways of making.

WOVEN OR CHEVRON STITCHED. UPCYCLED OR UNLINED

Each cleverly designed TRMTAB comes from a thoughtful, unconventional way of making in a factory — instilling a sense of pride in their skill & artisanship.
Our collections are produly handcrafted by factory craftspeople in Northern India. The woven and chevron stitched pieces are upcycled from leather trims. The trims combine to create a unique blend of color shades, textures & grains, giving each product within the collection its own personality. With age and use, the leather develops a distressed look and rich patina.

TRMTAB, THE NAME

"Call me trimtab." — Buckminster Fuller
Coined by the systems theorist, Fuller was reffering to a tiny surface on the end of a shup rudder. With a little pressure, it can change the direction of the ship. An individual can be a trimtab by making small changes that lead to a big impact. 
TRMTAB serves as a reminder that we can all be trimtabs. In a partnership with Prachi Leathers, in Kanpur, India, TRMTAB launched the factory's first upcycling initiative, and their first small change. Our collections and making methods continue to be inspired by the power of creating small changes. 

WHAT MAKES UP OUR UPCYCLED LEATHERS

This TRMTAB comes with trims and a tab – your one of a kind tech sleeve 
Any of the woven or chevron stitched components are upcycled. As a result, we are only able to make limited editions of the collections. 
The upcycled leathers are either scraps generated from the factory's production cycles, dead stock, or "lower selection" raw hids which would otherwise be cast aside by brands & the factory's customers.
Lower selection hides are categorized into b-grade, or c-grade leathers. These leathers are not lower quality — byt are set aside because they contain scars or other natural defects. Often because of these flaws, the lower grade leathers become unusable for the tannery. Think of how unfortunately looking vegetables are cast away even before they reach the grocery stores — only due to their visual flaws and defects. The TRMTAB initiative helps the tannery at Prach Leathers utilize some of their lowers selections of raw hides.