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The Founders

We are a pair of wool slippers

Covered in melange grey, made for one another, a great fit and working together swimmingly.

THE QUIET ONES

Speaking through our products, we channel our vision and what we stand for into our designs. The way they look, the way they work, the way they feel, the way they speak to you - our vision is a sum of all its parts. In our eyes this about us page is almost an unnecessary accessory. But somehow we found ourselves here, so let’s elaborate a little more.

We are monie.ka & james

Our PERSONAL STORY is about doing, moving mountains, gradually over time. Figuring out a UNIQUE PATH. Listening to our hearts and following them. We are Austrian and English. From the day our paths crossed it took us a mere fortnight to decide that we would LEAVE OUR OLD LIVES behind to be together. This was over sixteen years ago.

6425 km from New York

We’ve lived in many DIFFERENT COUNTRIES from the UK to Austria, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Monaco and the South of France. Creatives at heart, before hardgraft we were professionals in KNITWEAR, FASHION design, GRAPHIC design and advertising.

MASTERMINDS

It’s amazing how much two people can do - we are chameleons: product designers, photographers, web designers, copywriters, strategists, marketing managers, production managers and and and... the lines are blurry.



From sketching that first design to publishing it on our self designed and developed website - we are a power couple that WORK IN TUNE efficiently and tirelessly. Not talking but doing. NOT DOING BUT MASTERING to match our own high benchmarks. This is and has been the very foundation of HARDGRAFT since 2007.

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What we're made of

Our leathergoods, clothing and footwear are all made in Italy from locally sourced Italian and European materials. We’ve spent the last 10 years tracking down the best suppliers, materials and manufacturers to ensure we do justice to our designs.

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Hand stained 100% Veg Tan Leather from Tuscany

CLASSIC BROWN
Our vegetable tanned leather is beautifully unique from one piece to another and matures gradually over time. The natural surface structure reveals creases, wrinkles and little imperfections. The skin is tanned in age old wooden barrels with tree bark, chestnut and mimosa. How you use and look after your product will determine how fast a patina will develop.

Washed 100% Veg Tan Leather from Tuscany

OFF-GREY
Each hide of leather gets its true ash grey effect from a special washing process that also creates a soft, worn-in feel. The surface has an amazing depth to the appearance. Wrinkles and perfect imperfections are right there on the surface to be embraced.

Washed 100% Veg Tan Leather from Tuscany

COAL BLACK
A thick oily, liquorice black is enhanced with the special washing process that also results in a soft, worn-in feel. This also gives an amazing depth to the appearance. Wrinkles and perfect imperfections are right there on the surface to be embraced.

A Unique Soft Nappa Leather from Tuscany

DUSTY BLACK
The irregular surface structure and dusty effect gives this leather a unique look. Wrinkles and perfect imperfections are right there on the surface to be embraced.

Robust 100% Wool Felt from Germany

Right from the start we developed a 100% pure new wool felt with our factory in Germany to exactly fit our requirements. This 3mm felt is carefully made from fine selected merino wool fibres and then compressed, giving it excellent characteristics to protect your precious tech - sturdy yet soft, water repellant, shock-absorbing and natural. It’s a special blend with a refinement that is unmatched.

Robust 100% Wool Felt from Germany

Right from the start we developed a 100% pure new wool felt with our factory in Germany to exactly fit our requirements. This 3mm felt is carefully made from fine selected merino wool fibres and then compressed, giving it excellent characteristics to protect your precious tech - sturdy yet soft, water repellant, shock-absorbing and natural. It’s a special blend with a refinement that is unmatched.