WE ARE UNIQUE
In an industry dominated by mass production in low wage countries, BRAVE is truly unique. BRAVE handcrafts its leather goods and accessories in its own clean, safe factory in Toronto, Canada. We hire local artisans and craftspeople and pay them a fair, living wage. BRAVE cares not only about its employees, but about the rights of workers and artists around the world. We care about original design. BRAVE is a company committed to creating beautiful, original product – the honest way.
BRAVE FACTS – DID YOU KNOW...
Each BRAVE piece is custom made-to-order in our Toronto Factory.
Since 1992 BRAVE has produced more than 2 million individual pieces - 100% of which were made in Canada.
BRAVE uses leather that is exclusively a by-product of the food industry - not one piece of leather has ever come from an animal sacrificed for its skin.
BRAVE Leather was founded in 1992 as a street stand in Toronto.
Some of the original belts made in 1992 are still being used daily by their original owners.
The position of employee morale at BRAVE has been held by 3 individuals none of whom have ever missed a day of work at the factory. The first was a brindle boxer named GYPSY who held the position for 11 years from 1992 to 2003. In 2003 another bridle boxer named Lexy was an absolute joy to everyone who knew her until her retirement in 2013 and the current head of employee morale is Bella - a fawn boxer - she is currently learning the role and is making progress with her one weakness - an uncontrollable urge to try and kiss everyone who comes into the office.
BRAVE Leather is the first factory in North America to employ laser cutting technology in the belt category.
The longest serving BRAVE employee is Ann Bui who has been with the company since 1994.
BRAVE Leather products have been sold in 14 countries.
BRAVE Leather uses only zero VOC water based dyes and adhesives in our production.
BRAVE Leather's first "factory" was 800 square feet and was located on the 6th floor of an old warehouse building - directly over an accounting office whose employees were less than thrilled every time one of our machines shook dust out of the floor joists onto their ledgers as they worked.
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