November 27, 2020 2 min read

green Friday

Green Friday Ireland is a movement to highlight the value of Small Business in Local Communities. As a small business owner, designer and maker, I am delighted to be part of this campaign.  

It is encouraging businesses to focus on how they offer value, experiences, and human connection first to their customers and asking customers to think more consciously about businesses within the community and how we can support them.

Traditionally Black Friday is a global day of mass consumerism, with large multinationals benefiting the most. We are asking people to rethink their behaviours and invest in their local communities and pave the way toward a smart, sustainable, and successful domestic economy. 

As a small local business this campagin aligns with our values. Since 1989 we have been dedicated to producing leathergoods of the highest quality you will find anywhere in the world, maintaining a commitment to sustainability and the very opposite of ‘fast fashion’: we are the leather equivalent of the slow food movement! We do our own thing, our way, for people who know their own minds.

Our hope is for the Holden name to be totally synonymous with quality and integrity—of design, craftsmanship and sustainability:

  • We use only hand selected, vegetable- tanned, full grain cow hide leather in all our products.
  • All our leather is tanned in Italy, from European cow hides.
  • We only use hides that are generate as by products of the food chain. We will not use any exotic hides or skins as a point of principle.
  • We use a suede lining in our bags so the inside will last as long as the outside. Extending the lifetime of your Holden product.
  • All of our raw materials are sourced in Europe and of the highest quality. 

Free Drawstring pouch 

drawstring pouch

All orders over €150, until midnight Sunday 29th of November,  will receive a free drawstring pouch worth €38, with their order. 

Back in the 1990’s we developed our drawstring pouches using the offcuts from our suede linings as well as other leathers that are used for trimmings and softer pieces. This reduced the amount of waste but in a most productive and useful way.  

For years now they have been one of our workshop exclusives and every year they come in different colours and patterns. To add an element of surprise every order will receive a random hand selected drawstring pouch by us.


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