My name is Qi, I live in the beautiful Glacier Country, Franz Josef in New Zealand. Coast Craft started on my kitchen table in 2018.
I was always drawn to the patina (a soft sheen that develops through use and exposure on the surface of the material which provides a character, a personality, to the product) of aged leather products, they are so unique and each piece carries a different story.
I first started crafting leather wallets because I was never able to find a wallet that I really loved. So, there it started. I bought some tools and a piece of leather and then got into it. I had so much satisfaction when I finished my first wallet, I was amazed by how a piece of leather could turn into something I could actually use.
From there leather crafting becomes my biggest passion. I went from making one wallet for myself, to multiple wallets. I had a stall at a craft market, people were giving me such great feedback and they really loved my work. I had multiple people wanting custom products which I then went about making, from there I was getting people contacting me with other items they wanted. I then started teaching myself to make many other things. I also study different leather crafting techniques to better my work.
I always believe that It takes time to make a good wallet and takes a lifetime to test it.
My products are built to be accessible, necessary essentials that age gracefully and uniquely to every owner.
All of the products are hand cut, hand polished, hand stitched and hand burnished.