3rd customization/change I am doing to my Tumi bag.
As I realized the leather on the handle is breaking and looking bad, decided to replace it. Taking the old leather out was easy, stitching (by hand) another one was a pain and I broke 3 needles in the process.
Old Leather after I took it out. Had glue and some other material
Used the old leather to create the shape.
Marking and cutting the leather
Preparations for sewing
Painful process of sewing
Most difficult part. Needle had trouble going through two layers
First time working with Cordovan leather, and what a fabulous leather it is.
Purchased online from Leathermania (payment via Amazon) and what a wonderful leather it is.
Made in Japan by Shinki Hikaku , in Himeji, Hyogo. An area that has many tanneries and good leather companies.
As it is rather small (and expensive), decided to make a business card holder. The Cordovan was used for the exterior and main pocket.
Result is quite good, I could improve the side and how it closes, but overall the result is great.