What We Do
A Tauro bag is meant to look better with use, to hold your belongings smartly, to last forever.
Someday, maybe in twenty years, a style-obsessed teenager will try to steal it from your closet.
The word classic is used too freely, but it’s a good word. We want it to express value, adherence to traditional craftsmanship, appropriate design, proper innovation, the work of a skilled hand, usefulness, simplicity, richness of materials, the joy of owning one perfect thing…
Scott Tal grew up in California, in a household where creative exploration was encouraged. For Scott this included making dioramas and ever-changing murals, and the taking-apart-and-reassembly of household objects.
An early event involving a handbag informed his path as a designer and maker of leather goods:
“My mother had this great leather bag she bought in Jerusalem, in the ruins of the old city. She took it everywhere; it became an icon of my childhood. One day we were canoeing and the boat flipped over. She grabbed us kids and the handbag.”
Scott lives in San Francisco, where he spent 5 years apprenticing with a master craftswoman known for applying the techniques of traditional French saddlemaking to bags and accessories, before starting his own company in 2009.
I work with local leather suppliers and personally select each individual hide for its feel, quality, durability, character and suitability to its purpose. I look for leathers that will take on beautiful patinas, making each piece, over time, as unique as the person who owns it. One of the final processes each piece receives is a light burnishing treatment with a proprietary blend of natural fragrant oils. This helps to condition the leather and bring forth its own unique qualities. Hardware is used minimally. Solid metals findings are chosen for their strength, beauty and suitability. Linen thread is used for its sturdiness and coated in beeswax for greater resiliency. Beeswax is also used in the finishing of edges; a labor intensive process wherein edges are sanded, infused with a blend of dyes and beeswax and burnished to produce a smooth, pliable edge. This time-consuming method of finishing edges is superior to the more common practice of simply painting edges, which often leads to a cracked, flakey edge. The result is a smooth, pliable edge that is easily buffed to a good-as-new finish, even after years of use.