Rukmini Guha is the founder of Tan & Loom. She started the company in 2018 when she moved back to her home city Kolkata, India and saw the enormous surplus leather stock at her mother’s boutique. The family exported premium leather handbags to the European market in the 1980’s, but remained a boutique to sustain fair practices and control on quality. She decided to use the surplus leather to create a small collection using indian handloom fabrics. The brand grew and moved towards vegetable tanned leather, whilst using surplus chrome leather in less than 20% of the collection. Combining handloom and leather was a natural choice for Rukmini, in her effort to create minimal yet unique bags by supporting the local handloom industry.
Improving livelihoods of marginalised communities who have suffered the most with the advent of fast fashion, either through artisanal collaborations or simply giving enough back.
No toxic or chemical dyes are used, resulting in products that are good for your skin and for the planet.