I met Pam in February of 2018, when she came into my studio with her friend I was fitting....Her friend told me she had a fashion designer friend who wanted to meet me. Right away I realized that this was not your typical wannabe fashion designer. I was working on a project and I didn't really have time to be entertaining someone, and Pam picked up on that energy and started offering to help with little tasks. Punching holes, setting grommets, cutting out pattern pieces, a great assistant. I found Pam a joy to work with!
Her formal education is from NYU and Skidmore College in New York state, majoring in studio arts, and spent many years between New York, Paris, London, and Beverly Hills... Pam has seen Society in a way that most people haven't, and this gives her a unique perspective - a free-flowing organic style, is based in a combination of rock and roll and European styles. From tuxedo jackets to spandex leggings to wrap dresses - her designs reflect her artistic vision. We decided to collaborate artistically on a couple of pieces. I discovered she has a completely different approach to the process than I do. I begin as a draftsman going to draw out a pattern - Pam has an image in her head. She'll start cutting fabric without a pattern. In my world that's unheard of! I found helping her was more fun than anything else.
I showed her my formal pattern collection. I have been drafting and archiving patterns for decades. Any type of garment pattern I more than likely have one in my storage and if I don't, I can draft it up.
Our first collaboration was a motorcycle jacket. It was more of an exercise in color pallet and formal construction...Pam combined colors and leather that I would not have used, and the result was phenomenal - a Cobalt blue and pewter biker jacket.
That was the beginning of our partnership. Pam's free-flowing creativity and my formal tailoring skills - here we are at the beginning of 2019, let's see what happens.
When you hear the name Al Bane for Leather, most anyone in the know will say his name stands for superior quality workmanship.
I had the wonderful fortune to meet this individual and come to see what all the accolades were truly about.
Al Bane was, and is, a person who takes pride in everything he creates, down to the smallest details.
Coming from a definitive rock and roll background that was the epitome of image creating, Al comes to the table as a master craftsman.
He is a gentleman and does what he can to make a project work. As he always said, “No imagination too wild”.
I considered it a great honor to watch and expand my knowledge alongside someone with 30+ years of experience.
Although I have been sewing since the age of 5, I cannot say I know it all by any stretch.
Creating beautifully made and aesthetically pleasing clothing is the goal for the future as we move into 2019 in this artistic collaboration.
The first piece, a cobalt and pewter leather jacket marked the beginning and a wonderful start.
The second piece Al Bane and I collaborated on was Margarita Monets Dragon Coat for the music video titled Face of Fear - shot in Iceland, with her band, Edge of Paradise, ~ April of 2018
Becoming acquainted with Al Bane has been and continues to be an honor and a privilege.
Al Bane For Leather has provided clothing and accessories for many high-profile productions, including Sons of Anarchy, Hollywood Vampires, and many others.
Can it be made of leather? Do you want it? Then you have come to the right place. Leather design is Al Bane's specialty. Customers keep coming back.
Al Bane For Leather's clients enjoy a high satisfaction level with the quality and timeliness of the leatherwork he provides.
Leather enters the equation - Watch for new designs, coming soon.
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