DutchMade® is a Netherlands-based company specializing in handmade leather products.
They offer a variety of lifestyle items, from aprons and wine bottle holders to bags and shelf supports. The company prides itself on using up-to-date tools for personalisation during production, which allows for unique and custom-made products.
What sets DutchMade® apart is their commitment to using vegetable-tanned leather, a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to chemically tanned leather. The process takes longer (1 to 3 months) but results in higher quality and longer-lasting products.
DutchMade® works with Dutch leather suppliers, and all their products are crafted in their studio in Terheijden, Brabant, by skilled artisans and designers.
A Brief History:
DutchMade® Leather Products has been around for three years and is part of Buffel Lederwaren Atelier. Buffel Lederwaren was founded 70 years ago, initially producing leather footballs for European championships before expanding their range to include products for the police, defence, military police, navy, and even the royal family.
Today, DutchMade® focuses on lifestyle and outdoor cooking items, including leather BBQ aprons and other exciting products for the BBQ scene.
Introducing the Leather BBQ Apron “Freek”:
This robust and stylish apron is designed for serious BBQ enthusiasts. Handmade from high-quality full-grain buffalo leather, it’s not only protective but also comfortable. The adjustable shoulder straps ensure a snug fit, and the apron can be personalized using DutchMade®’s high-tech laser engraving.
- Completely handmade in the Netherlands
- Made from 1.3mm grain water buffalo leather with 3mm thick sturdy leather straps
- Vegetable-tanned leather for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly product
- Adjustable cross straps at the back for comfort and style
- Large front pocket and loop for BBQ tools, like tongs or a towel
- Personalization options for names or text
The Honest Review
Delivery and Unboxing:
The delivery was fast, with timely updates and information from PostNL. However, the unboxing experience could have been improved. The apron was simply rolled up in the box with a Dutch leaflet, and it would have been nice to see some padding, branded tissue paper, or other packaging to elevate the experience.
Design and Features:
The apron’s design is excellent, with a stylish cut and top-quality materials. The adjustable cross straps at the back provide comfort and a snug fit. The thick, sturdy buckles appear built to last, while the large front pocket is perfect for storing spare gloves and a Thermapen. The leather loop for hanging BBQ tongs is a practical and thoughtful addition.
Branding and Personalization:
The branding is done tastefully, with my “Smoke & Sear” logo looking fantastic on the front. The DUTCHMADE logo features prominently on the apron but adds a nice touch. The additional branding, such as the small orange cotton tag with the buffalo logo on the pocket and the logo stamped on the cross braces, is well-executed and visually appealing.
Comfort and Fit:
The apron is comfortable to wear during long BBQ sessions, and the adjustable straps ensure it fits well regardless of your size. The cross straps at the back help keep the apron close to your body and add to the overall comfort.
Craftsmanship and Sustainability:
DutchMade®’s commitment to sustainability is evident in the vegetable-tanned leather used for the apron. The craftsmanship is also top-notch, with every detail carefully considered and executed. The apron is not only functional but also visually striking, making it a stylish addition to any BBQ setup.
It’s tough to find fault with DutchMade®’s Leather BBQ Apron “Freek”. My only minor quibbles are the underwhelming unboxing experience, which could have been improved with better packaging, and the fact that the apron might hide some of my custom “Smoke & Sear” clothing while cooking. However, these are minor issues when considering the overall quality and style of this beautiful apron.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a high-quality, stylish, and comfortable BBQ apron that is also sustainable and environmentally friendly, DutchMade®’s Leather BBQ Apron “Freek” is an excellent choice. It’s a product you can be proud to wear while grilling up a storm for friends and family.
The Final Result
I was gifted the personalised apron to review and try for myself. You can purchase your own from https://dutchmadeleather.nl/, where the apron I received would cost around £150, including delivery to the UK.
So, fellow BBQ enthusiasts, that’s my honest and in-depth review of DutchMade®’s Leather BBQ Apron “Freek”.
If you’re looking to elevate your BBQ game and make a statement with a quality apron, give this one a go. I reckon you won’t be disappointed.
Until next time, keep those fires burning and those grills smoking! Cheers!