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xxBehind the Brand

CASTELLO DAVARG | Full grain Leather. Saddle stitching. Handcrafted in Texas.

Leather that matures gracefully

Castello DaVarg creates articles that embody the soul and spirit of western saddlery- with vegetable tanned full grain Leather, hand finished with Saddle-stitching to to exacting functional designs. We are not merely making leather products; we are invoking the heritage of spirit the Old Wild West in every DaVarg article.

Every DaVarg article utilizes the best of Vegetable Tanned Full grain Leather sourced from select US tanneries, further processed to exact thickness and finish to obtain the finesse  that only natural leather can provide. As such, leather still retains the marks and character of natural animal hide, signifying its authenticity.  This natural leather is then cut and then crafted together with precise hand stitching. Each saddle-stitched length is crafted by skilled artisans who thread and tighten and tension by hand,  to provide a stitch finish that even a mechanized sewing machine cannot replicate. Most articles are crafted with a single cut of leather and a single continuous thread to provide the elegant seamless look. Such attention to detail and crafting method is never east or quick ; but to us, the only way to retain the elegance,  durability and refinement that embodies the character of full grain leather. 


Focusing on the Essentials 

Castello DaVarg focuses on the elegance and character of genuine full grain leather.  

Every design and every detail embodies quality and craftsmanship. From keytags to saddle bags, each design is carefully thought out and made to bring out these qualities of leather. You shall find the designs and features in these articles are elegant yet simple, evoking a sense of timeless style.

With selected materials and unique crafting methods, we are able to produce articles that look good while new; but look even better as they age. They will develop the character and patina that only an authentic genuine leather article can achieve. This focus in every step of design and crafting allows Castello DaVarg to create articles with a timeless appeal that lasts a lifetime. We maintain this focus on these essentials to create articles that not only reflect your sense of style, but also mature gracefully with everyday use.


Born in Texas. Known around the World.

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DaVarg Leather
Functional Designs


Passion for Details


Only natural, vegetable-tanned,  full grain leather can become a DaVarg article.  This leather will have the unique look, feel and scent that all genuine leather carries. These qualities will enhance even more as the articles mature gracefully with use.

DaVarg leather preserves the top grain - including the natural marks and imperfections on the animal skin. It is not buffed, recoated or embossed with artificial grain patterns.

When you touch a DaVarg article you are touching leather in its most natural form- with its natural grain and character.  (read more..) 

Form should follow function. The elegant simplicity and functionality  of our articles exemplify this principle.

 Though we keep our focus on functionality during the designing stages, we also pay close attention to the abilities of leather to perform that function as well as the unique crafting methods. 

There is a definite challenge in keeping the design features simple and elegant, yet making them functional as the leather matures. It is that challenge that drives us in developing newer, more innovative articles with classic full grain leather.   

The life of a design is in its details. Thats why you see a lot of details in a DaVarg articles. Luckily, genuine leather and unique saddle stitching provides us with opportunities for incorporating design details- whether it is cross-loop stitching or a double cap brass riveting.

The precise dimensions, edge stitching, hem bends, and magnetic and snap latching are all designed to function as the article ages and the leather matures with use. These design elements are what breathes life into the full grain leather and converts it into articles that mature gracefully as they age.  



Saddle stitching with two needles and one thread. Every stitch is handmade to be perfectly aligned and durable.  

Saddle Stitching

DaVarg articles are crafted with saddle stitches - hand stitching one stitch at a time. This produces leather to leather joints with unmatched strength, quality and consistency.  

Saddle stitching has been used by saddle makers for several centuries for joining several thick layers of leather with waxed linen thread. This involves crisscrossing through the needles and tensioning each stitch, one hole at a time, using two threads that interlocks on both sides of leather. This is a labor intensive method, but it produces stronger and very consistent stitches. Since the threads criss-cross, a thread break on one of the stitches will not unravel the entire stitch length. 

In most contemporary leather articles, strong and consistent saddle stitches are being replaced by weak and easily unraveling lock stitches made by sewing machines. While lock stitching with sewing machines can produce stitches up to 100 times faster than saddle stitching,  these stitches are inherently weak. We understand that for most mass produced leather articles lock stitching might suffice- but not for the fine leather articles created by DaVarg. Every DaVarg article is hand stitched. As you run your fingers over the saddle stitches on a DaVarg article, you will sense the beauty, strength, consistency, and the attention to detail provided during the creation. 


History of Leather
DaVarg Leather Shades


The Logo


Leather has been around for a long time. Its history can be considered to go hand in hand with human existence. Somewhere along the path of time we discovered the process of tanning animal skin to preserve and convert it into a durable, elegant material. In fact, not much has changed in the basic vegetable tanning process. Castello Davarg exclusively uses this vegetable tanned leather for crafting our articles.  

Such leather is known to survive the test of time- lasting decades if not several centuries.

Shown above is the oldest known leather footwear  (Areni-1 shoe) that is about 5000 years old. 


While we minimize coatings or treatments on leather grain, we do customize leather to appeal to individual taste. We have chosen to tint the leather in few select shades. This tinting is achieved with dyes that penetrate deep into grain and corium layers yet leave the top grain uncoated. 

The tinting properties of that hide depend largely on the nature of that animal, and could vary based on genus, breed, and even the habitat of the animal. This ensures that no two pieces of hide and no two sections of the same hide will tinted alike. Thus, forced by nature, we cannot make two DaVarg articles the look exactly the same, even if we want to.  (read more..) 

The spartan warrior head adorns every Castello DaVarg article.  This logo seems to depict an ancient spartan helmet, but looking carefully the warrior head can be seen along with the helmet.

The neck and jaw lines are clearly defined even though the delineation between the head and the hemet is less prominent. The logo is drawn freehand-style with 11 strokes .

On every article the logo is deep embossed into the grain surface of leather to create a three-dimensional symbol. It is the hallmark of genuine top grain leather and articles that are designed and crafted with care and quality.    


Timeless Character of Leather 

Why do we cherish genuine leather, and what causes its allure? Why does leather develop its character - especially as it matures in our care and use? 

While our affection to genuine leather may not be easily explainable, the properties of leather that commands our adoration is very tangible. Genuine leather is durable, has high strength-to-weight ratio, and is smooth, supple and pliable. It does not shed, peel or tear easily. Genuine leather matures gracefully, maturing with its owner, developing the character that reflects that of its user. It has the unique smell, touch and feel that is unmatched by any manmade material.  

This complexity and rarity of premium grade genuine leather only adds to its allure and character. That is why Castello DaVarg seeks out only premium grade full grain leather for its articles, from select US tanneries. Even now, we continue to be amazed by the luxurious touch, feel and character of this amazing material. We preserve every mark, every pore, and every grain to proclaim this authenticity. When we are creating articles with character, nothing less than authentic will do.  








EEVEs Leathercare


The DaVarg Seal


The care and diligence we put into our leather also extends to the selection of other materials. We work hard to maintain the elegance and character of DaVarg articles, so very few items go into our crafting process. Most DaVarg articles are crafted with just full grain leather, waxed high strength thread, and select solid brass hardware. That's it. 

As a natural material, full grain leather continues to develop its character while it breathes, absorbs, expands and contracts. To replenish, condition, and protect  the delicate top grain and corium layers,   Castello DaVarg has developed EEVEs Leathercare Oil, Balm and Wax: exclusively for full grain leather.   (more..)   

Embossed inside every article is the DaVarg Quality seal- validating the authenticity of the leather and the country of its origin-USA.
Needless to say, only the articles that meet our rigorous standards would receive the quality seal. A dding this seal is the very last step in the crafting process that can take up to a few weeks.


Born in TEXAS. Made in USA.

Integral to our mission is our commitment to design and craft the articles in the United States. We develop our articles in our design offices in McKinney, Texas. Artisans adept in saddlery finish the articles in Dallas, Texas.

The full grain leather for our articles is sourced from select US tanneries. Hardware such as brass rings and snaps are also made in USA. The thread is sourced from Eddington or American & Efrid. Even the custom black boxes are made in Boston, Massachusetts. Maintaining the design, crafting operations, and our supply sources within the USA are essential for ensuring the quality and consistency you would expect from Castello DaVarg.

This pride is evident in our quality seal that marks every article -  Crafted in USA.