Hack Lederware is the label of ambitious designer Christoph Hack. He and his small team lovingly create and produce premium quality leather goods at their workshop in Cologne's city centre. Hack Lederware follows some basic ideas with all its products: every piece should be unique, should last for many years, offer great functionality, and be made of hand-picked, natural materials.
Christoph Hack was born with a love of leather: His grandfather, a self-taught saddler, had allowed the enthusiastic boy to practice on the sewing machine from an early age. Despite the lack of any formal training, Christoph went on to design a backpack and a pair of leather trousers – his decision was made: he would dedicate his life to the fascinating world of leather crafting.
Custom-made one-offs, the interior of a vintage car, or a beautiful leather sofa: the Cologne-born designer has an unquenchable wellspring of inspiration, and an unstoppable will to transform his creative ideas into useful items. It is, therefore, not a big surprise that he soon won his first awards for craftsmanship and design.
Hack opened his first own studio in the picturesque Belgian Quarter of Cologne in 1997. A shop in the same area offers leather connoisseurs the opportunity to meet the designer in person, because Christoph Hack loves his customers: "It makes me incredibly happy to meet the people who want to use my products."
Hack Lederware doesn't do formal collections. Instead, the label's portfolio consists of expressive one-of-a-kind pieces that were developed over years of hard work. The result: the right item for virtually any requirement.
Hack bags are made of the particularly hard-wearing materials cowhide and canvas. The designer uses the same type of canvas the Swiss army once used for their bivouac tents, thus creating a bridge between history and modernity. This particular canvas became highly popular, and so the original manufacturing process for that canvas was reproduced sparing no expense, just to ensure the characteristics of the historical canvas would remain the same.
The fabric supplier and the tannery are both located in Germany, and guarantee consistently high quality of their products, which significantly contributes to the uniqueness of every single bag.