What interests me most is how Bernadette decided on practicing this particular profession. So I ask her if it was her childhood dream to become a “Säckler”. She laughs and says: “I also did not know that this profession exists for a long time”. Now I am even more curious how she got to know the profession… She continues to explain that she went to the agricultural school in Bruck, where she discovered her love to craftsmanship. Afterwards she worked in Salzburg in the Getreidegasse as a tailor. Like me, Bernadette loves to walk through the streets and to look at the shop windows. One day in a store for traditional Austrian clothes she saw the price tag at a “Lederhose”: “Made in own studio”. After that she began to do research and a little while later she started to learn the profession of a “Säckler” in Salzburg.
18 – 20 “Lederhosen” are produced per year in Bernadette’s studio. The maximum production time of a “Lederhose” is about 140 hours.>> In Salzburg, Tyrol, Styria and Upper Austria the inhabitants wear their „Lederhosen“ the most. Hereby each federal state has at least one own design. ;-) Bernadette buys her leather only from Austrian tanners. For the necessary smoothness they use cod tran (fish fat).