Chicago-born Ralph Baggaley came to Europe about four decades ago and has since clocked up more than 30 years of leatherwork experience. Whilst playing nomad in the 70s, living in Amsterdam house-boats and in a hippie commune in Ghent, the American native started playing around with cloths and later leather, selling his self-made bags, wallets and belts on markets. After several years at renowned Belgian leather companies Delvaux and S-en-ciel, the talented autodidact finally opened his very own studio, filled with all types of sewing machines, countless different knives, cutters, hole punches, thinning tools and, of course, all kind of leather - from poisonous Australian frogs to Columbian crocodiles or pythons.
I like leather that has a natural look to it and a good feel, that is not plasticky. I've been to so many places looking at leather to find the right one. Nowadays I know where to go and who sells what. The most expensive is calf leather. It can cost up to 80 euros a square meter, " Baggaley explains. He not only makes the obvious leather products such as bags , belts or wallets, but also uses the material to construct daybeds, decorate furniture or bed-heads. His clients include hotels but also designers, such as Maarten De Ceulaer, for whom he made a stand out leather collection witch stirred up quite some attention in Belgium and abroad.
Baggaley's true passion are his own creations, where he does everything from design to end product: " A true complete craftsman is a real all-rounder who is able to do every single step of the process himself. But these are the ones that are dying out. The big companies hire workers who only learn one part of the chain and do that for the rest of their lives. Here everything has to be your specialty.
We are a small team of professionals specialised in leather work. We have worked with 5* hotels and well known designers around the globe.
We design and fabricate almost anything you can imagine from the finest quality leather. From the simplest project to the most complicated, hard work goes into every development so we can get the best results for our customers. Our portfolio includes:
Working closely with my team, my responsibility is to design our pieces, special products, new and innovative prototypes whilst ensuring that the production is carried out correctly.
We have many years experience in the leather industry and believe that our clients deserve the best in terms of quality and craftsmanship. We are an atelier artisanal with a wide and varied portfolio, eager to undertake custom projects and provide one off pieces
Unfortunately, the beautiful and demanding techniques in leatherwork are slowly disappearing, giving way to fast produced items in China. 40 years ago, when I began, all stitching was by hand and done with my own hand made tools. We may be one of the last artisanal leather ateliers in Belgium and soon last in Europe.
I've always had an enormous pleasure from the work I do pride myself on adding that personal touch on our designs, our unique styling make Ralph Baggaley products instantly recognisable.
Ralph Baggaley Leather Creations stands for brand new, innovative and original products and applications!
Unique personalised leather projects made to the same high standards as all our other products. This contributes to a special cachet for your interior, shop, reception, workspace, office…
We can do almost anything in function of your specific desires and budget. Anyone wishing to realise such a project should contact our atelier. We can arrange a meeting discuss your project.