What we do
Gold Corium is a luxury bespoke leather guitar strap company from Toronto, Canada. We believe that a guitar strap should be as beautiful as what's it's holding. Guitarists, do your guitar justice! Not just functional, it’s about style. This is why we focus on high-end products for the fashionable guitar player.
How it began
Anika learned to sew when she was 5. Her post secondary studies are in haute couture design and fashion management. Gold Corium was originally about fashion leather accessories. But that changed after Francois received a guitar strap for his birthday. Believing that other guitar players would also love to own a premium quality leather strap to add flare to their favorite six string, Gold Corium has now become what you see here. Every strap is meticulously made by hand with the finest precision. Every design is a unique Gold Corium creation combining classic designs with a modern twist.
There are lots of traditional saddle making techniques involved. It starts out with a very big piece of leather. Half a cow, actually. Anika then traces and cuts by hand all parts necessary. Edges are beveled to make them round, then burnished to make them smooth and kind of waxy. A hole punch and a hammer will prepare the hand stitching or addition of rivets. The Gold Corium logo is stamped onto the back before everything is put together. It really is hand made with no CNC or press cutter involved.
Labor intensive yes, but we think it's worth it.
The leather we use
We use Canadian hide from Wickett & Craig, a tannery founded in Toronto in 1867. All of our stock straps are made using their exclusive English Bridle Leather, which is a steer hide of vegetable tanned leather. Bridle leather is infused with many oils to emphasize the feel and comfort of the hide. It is luxurious and soft to the touch. Their six week long tanning process results in a leather that is strong yet flexible, with a smooth velvety surface and deep rich colors. With this, Gold Corium products will only look and feel better with time. If their heavyweight bridle leather is good enough for royal horse harnesses, it will certainly be durable enough to last a lifetime holding a cherished guitar. It's leather you'll wear in, not wear out.