It all starts with the leather. We hand pick a variety of natural vegetable tan leather from various tanneries around the world, mainly Italy and other parts of Europe. Some of our most commonly used leather is European Single Bend cowhide. 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 soft, buttery leather is amazing for carving! We also commonly use North American Deerskin which is delicate and soft but long lasting, and has a unique supple feel. 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 make sure every Buffalo Girl piece is as cruelty free as possible. A lot 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. Our bags, wallets, and other accessories are made to age beautifully and last a lifetime.
We use a wide variety of gemstones, which are all handpicked, many of them high grade. We source them from all over the world. These gorgeous semi precious stones have some amazing properties. The is amethyst is a protective and calming stone, quartz crystal is an energy amplifier, chrysocolla brings calm feelings, howlite teaches patience, and labradorite deflects unwanted energies. We carefully pair every stone with the right design & colours to create that truly unique match.
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 and 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.
In creating our designs we pay special attention to 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 works especially well with certain stones, like quartz crystals, as well as types and colours of leather. Our unique brass Eagle fittings, including the Eagle Buckle we use for our bags, were custom designed by Buffalo Girl owner Terry Cronin, and hand cast exclusively for Buffalo Girl. We also use fittings from our hand picked vintage collection. All brass fittings are carefully selected to complete and perfect our designs.
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.