Here at Peggs & son we’re very good at talking about ourselves but we feel it’s about time we did a little sharing. In the coming months we will be speaking to other independent store owners in the town – from other retailers, coffee shops through to barbers and tattooists and anyone else who’s on the Peggs & son radar – and spreading a bit of the Brighton love.
First up is Paul de Nagy, the owner of Outcast Hats and Born + Bred Leatherworks – a brand we’re proudly stocking in Peggs & son (we still couldn’t help talking about ourselves). Working out of his tiny studio in Hove, Paul produces fine bespoke hats for all occasions as well as handcrafting ipad and iphone cases, wallets and a whole array of quality leather goods.
Q: So when you did you get started?
A: Having started out in 2009, Outcast Hats Ltd started initially as an internet shop selling multi-branded fashionable headwear.
Q: When did you start producing leather goods?
A: I have been making leather for about 2 years now and I am completely self taught. My whole life I have made things, including surf boards, but when I discovered leather work I was hooked. My work is designed and made with simplicity, functionality and style in mind. The fact that there really aren’t any boundaries in terms of what you can do with leather, means that you can apply basic fundamentals to make a piece for just about any aspect of daily life.
Each piece is designed, cut, and stitched by me in my workshop in Hove. This means a great deal of time is spent creating pieces that will last a very long time and, as with most hand made articles, they get better with age.
Q:What does it mean to buy a Born + Bred piece?
A: Buying a Born and Bred leather piece doesn’t just mean you are buying a wallet or an accessory, it means you are investing in a hand crafted, unique design that will last a long time and only get better with age. This is ultimately what good leatherwork is all about, very much like buying self-edge denim. Good leather wallets will take on the personality of their bearer, making them personal and intimate articles that tell a story.