It all starts with the leather! Leather is the blank canvas from which all Buffalo Girl designs start.
We hand pick a variety of natural vegetable tan leather from various tanneries around the world, mainly Italy and other parts of Europe. Most of the time we use European Single Bend cowhide for carving. Processed by one of the oldest tanneries in Europe, these Scandinavian cowhides are tanned to meet the specifications of the finest bag manufacturers in Europe. The resulting premium quality leather is extremely pliable, and the pieces made of it have a uniquely soft and natural feel.
We frequently combine that amazing feel of the quality vegetable tan leather with the lush feel of Imperial Suede, the supple quality of the North American Deerskin, and the varied textures of other premium grade hides. We put a lot of time and effort into sourcing the hides to ensure that the suppliers align with our ethical standards. We do our best to make sure every Buffalo Girl piece is as cruelty free as possible. Much of the leather we use is a by-product of the meat industry, and we choose the highest quality, durable leather. The leather is then hand dyed in our studio using layers of colours to create incredibly unique products with a high quality, rustic feel.
Our bags, wallets, and other accessories are made to last. We treat all our products with leather conditioner before they leave the studio, and we highly recommend oiling your Buffalo Girl treasures frequently, to make sure the leather keeps that wonderful feel and becomes even more beautiful with age!
Alongside the gorgeous leather tooling it is the gemstone inlays which make our designs so striking!
We use a variety of semi precious stones, all of which are carefully handpicked. We source them from all over the world, wherever we can find the most beautiful, quality stones. We select stones for their rugged beauty, their unusual look and authentic feel, and their amazing properties.
Chevron Amethyst is a protective and calming stone, Quartz Crystal is known as an energy amplifier that picks up and boosts your own energy, the beautiful, green Chrysocolla brings about feelings of calm and inspires level-headedness, Howlite teaches patience, and the beautiful Labradorite deflects unwanted energies & is known as the stone of transformation.
But of all the amazing gemstones in the world it is Turquoise that is our all time favourite! We love Turquoise! Turquoise inlays are a signature feature of Buffalo Girl accessories.
Turquoise was known as a symbol of wealth in many ancient cultures. It represents strength, protection from harm, and connection to the spirit world. In traditional thought turquoise unities the earth and sky bringing together male and female energies. We source our turquoise from all over the world and use various grades. We simply adore the bold colours and that striking beauty that is Turquoise. It is an amazing, strong feature of our creations.
Turquoise or not, we pair every stone with the carved or stamped design and the beautiful colours & textures of the hides to create that truly unique blend that is Buffalo Girl!
Feathers & Horns
For a special touch we use our beloved collection of feathers & stag horns to adorn some of our pieces. We take great care to make sure that these are sourced ethically and that no harm has been done to wild animals in the process. In a number of cultures feathers of various birds have assumed strong symbolism, from spiritual meanings, use in rituals and ceremonies to a token of honour, accomplishment and bravery. Deer also naturally shed their antlers, so at certain times of the year they can be found around their stomping grounds. Some of our stag horns were collected in the woods of New Zealand by Buffalo Girl Designer, Terry. We love using feathers & horns! They are the most natural form of jewellery.
In creating our designs we pay special attention to every little detail. We use solid brass fittings for our wallets, bag straps, belts, and cuffs. Some of our fittings are silver coated. We find that silver colour works especially well with certain stones, like clear quartz crystals, as well as types and colours of leather. Some customers simply prefer it over the more rustic look of brass.
Our unique brass Eagle fittings, including the Eagle Buckle we use for our bags and straps, were custom designed by Terry, and hand cast exclusively for Buffalo Girl. They add that extra special touch to our pieces. We also use fittings from our vintage collection, hand picked by Terry over the years for their antique look that works so well with the Buffalo Girl designs.