Thursday, 1 December 2022

One Piece Collection : a BUSYMAN collaboration with simétrie

Six years ago we developed a pair of wallets based on a simple principle of one piece of folded leather with minimal stitching. Since then I've been using one myself and I've made a handful for individual customers and some gifts for friends and family. After 6 years they have developed great patina and are still going strong. 

simétrie x busyman

In collaboration with Simone at simétrie workshop we have been refining the design and she will be launching the co-branded One Piece bifold and card wallets at The Big Design Market in Melbourne this weekend starting Friday.

The wallets are made in-house by Simone at simétrie workshop from sustainable vegetable tanned kangaroo leather. Check out the simétrie website to learn more about the ethos behind the brand as well as the other beautifully hand crafted bags and accessories on offer. The relationship between Busyman and Simone began when she interned with me as an undergraduate fashion design student and several years as my part time leather craft assistant.

In the future we hope to add more styles to the One Piece Collection.

Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Rapha RCC: Saddles Tailored for Baum

Baum Cycles' special project with Rapha CC to build limited edition Orbis bikes exclusively for RCC members from different chapters worldwide. The 'tailored' option had several upgrades including my leatherwork on the saddle and bar tape. Here are a range of the different saddles I worked on for the project. Starting with the Fizik Arione. A huge thank you to Baum Cycles for keeping me very busy in 2022.

AX Lightness Leaf II
Pro Stealth Team Curved
Pro Turnix
Fizik Argo R1
S-Works Phenom

Saturday, 5 November 2022

More custom recovered Specialized Power Saddles with coordinating bar tapes

S-Works Power Arc in black with Raspberry for Barbara's Baum Orbis.
Ryan's S-Works Power in grey and black kangaroo leather takes design reference from the interior of his Range Rover.
S-Works Power in whiskey kangaroo whip leather for Tony's tobacco Baum Orbis.

Monday, 22 August 2022

Selle San Marco Aspide: Whipped Whisky


James' Aspide Supercomfort in whiskey coloured kangaroo whip leather with matching twin row perforated bar tape. Black perforations, simple and understated. Complicated pattern with lots of gussets in the Vs and cut-outs. I love the challenge of the pattern making, aiming to get the skin to fit perfectly. Finding a balance between minimal seams and how mouldable the leather is. This one was a pleasure. Thanks James.

Some More SMPs Recently Customised

SMP Forma with no padding recovered with Leh Cycling's Acorn leather to match some of Carson's bar tape for Tim.
SMP Evolution re-padded with thin 3mm EVA foam: White leather with red and green perforated details freshly upholstered for Michael's Baum Corretto.
SMP Evolution re-padded with thin 3mm EVA foam: Black leather with graded yellow perforations freshly upholstered for Waynes Baum Corretto.

Mondrian Inspired Customised Prologo Saddle


Th red plastic trim at the back was the perfect colour. I added a panel seam around the back recessed area for a much neater fit to the shape of the padding.

S-Works Chicane for a Baum


Taking inspiration from racing cars and the livery aesthetics of a certain Italian aperitif is Michael's saddle and bar tape for his Baum Orbis.

Busyman SLRs 2022 to date

SLR Superflow Boost for Phil's new mod inspired Prova.
SLR Superflow Boost for David's Passoni. Subtle blue and green pearl perforations.
SLR Superflow Boost for Anison's Passoni, natural with rainbow spectrum perforations.
SLR Superflow Boost with matching bar tape and pump strap.
SLR Boost Endurance Superflow with titanium grey perforations.
SLR Superflow classic style with leather covered carbon trim for Baum Cycles.
SLR classic perforated with two tones of blue for Steve's Baum Correto.

Vanilla Classic: SLR Special Project

SLR saddle in black with matching two piece saddle bag and floral bar tape for Vanilla Cycles' special classic project

SLR Boost saddle in dark navy blue with matching two piece saddle bag and lots of floral bar tapes for Vanilla Cycles' classic project.

A blue fade wallet for Baumy Junior

Fizik Aliante saddles from earlier in 2022

For Wayne's Baum Orbis

For Stefan's Bastion

Astute Skylite SR: Baum Copper


The regular perforation grid suggests the BAUM name with a larger size hole revealing more of the contrast copper colour.

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Copper Arione Flamingo Prova Integrale

Khoa's Prova Integrale is the culmination of many masters of their craft. Frame design and fabrication by Mark at Prova Cycles, paint by Steve at Velocraft, build assembly by Dan at Superbe Velo Service and atmospheric photography by Eric.... and not to mention the Busyman leatherwork by me.

Fizik Arione: Unicorn Redone


After much riding, wear and tear Misao asked me to refresh his worn out Arione with a some new leather in the same design as last time. The refresh included some minor repairs to damaged padding. Hopefully he gets a couple more years out of this saddle. Featuring the unicorn shield logo for his Speedvagen.

Monday, 20 June 2022

Fizik Arione saddles so far this year

Arione 00 with matching bar tape for José's Bastion via Above Category. Black with burgundy, blue and white linear perforated detailing.

Arione R1 with multi-colour Ichico text style perforations for James' blossom pink Speedvagen.

Mark's Speedy Dots Arione in black kangaroo leather with red details and matching perforated stitched bar tape.

Arione no.2 for Minh in his signature Above Category style. Raised logo surrounded by graded size perforations.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Specialized Toupe saddles from 2021 to 2022

2021 - Toupe for Mike's Colnago with perforated black on black repeat logo motifs.

2022 - Toupe for Dale's Bastion with red perforated Bastion signature design and raised logo.

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Baroque Floral Fade SLR for Erik's Cannondale

The design is adapted from Erik's artwork used for the crazy intricate masks used for his paint and polished alloy etching. I love the way these freehand perforated designs work out so strikingly. I use line work as a guide and punch away at the holes using a variety of different sizes. The bike looks amazing, somehow it reminds me of intricate Italian baroque style furniture. The saddle was the final piece to an already highly decorative bike.