Meet the inimitable Montenegro-born Milan Franeta, the artistic force behind luscious LA-based bag maker extraordinaire Sandast.

Franeta worked with some of the coolest names in fashion, including Raw 7, Secret Blue, Blue Cult, Raquel Allegra, Civilianaire Jeans and Gilded Age, with whom he still collaborates.

Franeta sets out to make the best bags in the world, starting with the finest, ultra-durable leather.

He uses waxed canvas for other parts of pieces, as it is more water-resistant than cotton and more breathable than nylon, and good-looking to boot.

All Sandast bags are meticulously hand-finished in the USA and Italy by ridiculously skilled craftsmen.

And as you can see, the process involves some rather medieval-looking equipment…