During the second World War, a young pilot was tasked with returning battle-damaged planes from the Pacific to the allied air base in India. Twice, Col. Russell was forced to set the war torn aircraft down in the Himalayan mountains and hike back to civilization with nothing but a keen sense of direction and his leather flight bag.
Both he and his bag survived, much to the delight of his grandson Ben, founder of Spark Leatherworks. It has become Ben’s mission to continue this legacy of strength and determination by creating modern heirloom gear that can be counted on day after day.
Much like his grandfather, Ben had a similar craving for fast and exciting machines from a young age, but instead of airplanes, he gravitated towards motorcycles. Before he could legally drive, he began rebuilding bikes and customizing them at every chance, yet struggled to find decent leather gear that complimented these projects.
Rather than settle for sub-par solutions, Ben enrolled in leatherworking classes and learned everything he could about creating custom seats and bags. Over time, friends, colleagues and motorcycle enthusiasts took note of his unique details on his bike builds, leading to custom projects and commissions for well-designed leather products with heavy-duty character and style.
Inspired by the indelible legacy of his grandfather’s tale, and the indestructible bag that changed the course of his life, Ben turned his attention and love for leathercraft to engineering and developing the most durable, highest possible quality messenger bags, briefcases and leather accessories from the ground up – and Spark was born.
Spark Leatherworks’ philosophy is simple. We hand-make modern heirloom gear without borders or toxins. Our selection, creation and treatment of leather is unparalleled, as are our standards for chemical-free, timeless materials and custom cast hardware from across the globe, built to last a lifetime and beyond.