Jacques Ferrand


Contrary to his family of French intellectuals, Jacques started working at age 16 and joined Les Compagnons, a philanthropic, professional society for leather craftsmen that exists in France since the Middle Ages. For eight years Jacques studied leatherwork, amongst other at Dior in Paris under Gianfranco Ferré. Once he became a compagnon, he worked at Louis Vuitton and later on moved to Florence to team up with one of the most renowned Florentine shoemakers. In 2003, Jacques decided to start his own atelier, counting amongst his clients Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent. Since 2007, he decided to also develop his own products and today he proudly presents his first creations for the home with Savadi Maison.


Doing less but better is the mantra by which Jacques pursues his every day work. He only uses the most high quality leather, one that has the least defects, a natural grain texture and that is vegetable tanned according to established traditions. He likes creating simple and minimalist designs that require complex reflection and application of know-how. With the compagnon, he learned seeing life as a labyrinth where each turning point represents an element that needs mastering before finding the exit.

How it is made

  • Jacques’ Atelier in Paris

    In the heart of one of Paris’ oldest neighbourhoods, le Marais, the atelier from Jacques hides in the courtyard of a former monastery from the 14th century. Jacques works in the atelier since 2003. His Franco-Japanese girlfriend recently created a little outside garden for him.

  • Selecting the leather

    Jacques sources his leather from French and Italian tanneries that specialise in vegetable tanned leather. Before he starts working on an object, he carefully chooses the leather, striving to take the most beautiful part whilst at the same time creating as little unused leftovers as possible.

  • Cutting the leather

    He places the pattern on the leather and uses a hand cutter to get a straight, crisp line. This stage requires concentration and precision.

  • Creating edges

    To be able to plead the storage tray’s edges, Jacques lightly cuts into the leather and then reduces its thickness.

  • Finishing the edges

    The edges of the lamp are carved with a leather beveller, which allows rounding the edges and to give a three-dimensional appearance to a two-dimensional surface. The edges are then finished with sand paper to obtain a smooth, finished look.

  • Punching Holes

    To connect the four sides of the storage tray, Jacques punches holes into the leather endings. This step will allow inserting a leather band to hold the piece together.

  • Embossing the Leather

    To mark the collaboration, Jacques embosses the logo into the leather. For this, he uses an ambos, which compresses the leather and marks the Savadi Maison logo.

  • Folding and connecting the leather

    Where the marks have been made, the leather is folded upright and the leather band passed through the holes, making up the walls of the storage tray.

  • Pairing of Leather

    To harmonise the edges where the leather band meets, Jacques reduces the leather’s thickness. This is first done by the help of a specialised machine and then finished by hand.

  • Spawning the leather

    To prepare for the sewing the leather band to the walls of the storage tray, Jacques utilises a diamond chisel to stitch the marks. This tool allows creating holes that are clean and consistent.

  • Sewing the leather

    To finish, Jacques stitches the leather band and the walls of the storage tray together by hand. This last step allows connecting all parts of the storage tray and providing it with sturdiness.

Products by Jacques Ferrand (France)

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