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Make your own leather bag

3h of discovery with Esther and her team

Knowledge of leather goods

Your beautiful leather handbag


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The workshop in detail

  • 3h
  • 3 to 8 participants
  • 15 years min.
  • Welcome to Esther and her team's workshop to discover leatherwork! During this 3-hour workshop, you will learn how to make your own leather handbag thanks to the precious advice of the artisans.

    First of all, you will discover the studio and the machines that the artisans use on a daily basis to give life to their magnificent creations.

    Esther and her team will introduce you to the basics of leather working and show you the essential tools. You will choose the type and colour of leather you wish to use for your creation. Then you will cut it out to create a pattern. You will also be able to choose your bag from different models.

    You will make several different punches and studs. The bag will then be shaped and all you have to do is assemble the shoulder strap!

    At the end of this workshop, in the company of a friendly and passionate team, you will have the chance (and the pride) to leave with your beautiful leather handbag, that will never leave your side!

    This workshop is offered in several languages simultaneously. The artisan will adapt the language of the workshop according to the participants present.

    Workshop location

    The workshop is easily accessible by public transport.

    This place is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

    Additional information

    Languages of the workshop


    Wecandoo - Meet Esther and her team.

    Meet Esther and her team.

    Leatherworkers, Mosaicists and Fashion Designers

    Esther is a cultural anthropologist, creative entrepreneur and multitalented maker.

    As the proud owner of the House of Arts & Crafts, located in the heart of Amsterdam, she has cultivated a vibrant center for artisans. What initially began as her own workshop, "Jouw Stoute Schoenen," in the iconic district of the Wallen in Amsterdam, rapidly evolved into a creative hub open to all. On May 18, 2008, the official opening of "Jouw Stoute Schoenen" on the Wallen marked the inception of Esther's business—a venture born in an unconventional workspace, just like her imaginative creations!

    "After years in an office job, predominantly using my mind, it was time for a hands-on change. When I discovered the art of traditional shoemaking, I didn't hesitate for a moment. This was what I wanted to do. While searching for studio space, I stumbled upon a magnificent property—a golden opportunity."

    After four years she started looking for a new location. Now we are almost ten years and many adventures further. Esther and her team share the large building at Oudeschans 21 -where they live, work and share- with a number of creative entrepreneurs.

    Here, she has established an expertise center and an educational institute for designing and crafting shoes, bags, textile upcycling, and mosaic art. They seamlessly blend time-honored craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies, constantly exploring fresh technical possibilities and embracing exciting challenges.

    Beyond guiding individuals in bringing their creative visions to life, they also craft samples for both major and boutique brands, fashioning unique, bespoke shoes and bags by hand in limited runs. Esther emphasizes, "Teaching others how to craft shoes or bags is almost as fulfilling as creating them myself. Witnessing people's amazement at what they can design and make on their own is a beautiful sight, and it brings me immense satisfaction."

    We take immense pride in noting that Esther was one of the pioneering artisans to join Wecandoo in Amsterdam.

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