The history of the CORF leather bags starts already in 1842 as a tradition of the family Offermann. The experience of tanning was passed from generation to generation and is the basis for the competence in the production of leather and leather bags.
CORF today stands for products combining function and a classic design which you can buy in the webshop of the company. As a customer you can buy a top quality at prices comparable to those of an outlet.
We know the most important factors for the durability and the beautiful look of leather, and over decades we have learned to produce document cases, lady bags and accessories out of leather.
CORF offers top class leather bags at outlet prices
EAs a result of our expertise our leather bags have a very high quality, but also an extra ordinary price-performance. Having our own tanning unit was a decisive factor for our low prices already in the beginning of our production.
Besides the advantage of a close connection to a tannery today the direct sale is the main factor for our low prices. CORF leatherbags are only sold through the internet or our own shops in Düsseldorf or our factory shop. Here the customer buys directly from the producer.
Thus costs for rental and staff are avoided which are a big share of the prices of leather bags sold through the traditional leathergoods shops.
Customers often look at corf-bags.com as a bag outlet, where they find a top quality at convenient prices and many special offers.
In our webshop and in our stores our top class leather bags are sold at prices you only find in an outlet. Here you can be sure that all products of the CORF collection have prices which are not lower anywhere. At the end of each season we offer old styles with a discount so that our prices are even lower.
The history and the development of the prices of leather bags between 1900 and today
In the course of time factors have changed which determine the price of a leather bag. Up to about 1960 the price of leather used to be decisive. In the following decades the cost of labour became more and more important, because the share of manual work remained high. In the last 20 years the cost of distribution increased continuously because the rent of the shops and the salaries of the staff required higher margins and a continuous increase of the calculation.
As a result many producers started their own shops. Outlet stores and webshops were opened and took over a growing share of the market.
The producer who uses the traditional leathergoods retail for the distribution faces the problem that the shop owners need a guarantee for their prices. Any advantage the producer might have selling directly to the consumer therefore cannot be shown in the prices.
Therefore for our CORF brand we decided to sell our business cases, lady bags and accessories only through our webshop and our own shops in Düsseldorf and Bergisch Gladbach, You are invited to check on our prices which today are about 30% lower compared with similar products sold previously at our shops. Based on its high quality and lower prices CORF-bags today have a leading position in the market.
The production of our leather bags
A decisive factor for the price of a leather bag is the cost of production. For our document cases and leather bags quality comes first. During the process of production all jobs have to be done in a way guaranteeing the function and the durability of our cases. This starts when the leather is cut. The craftsman has to judge the sections of the leather and to decide where to place the cutting models so that marks and mistakes of the skin are avoided. Then the further steps, assembling and stitching etc, have to be done with great skill to assure the correct shape of the bag.
Even today many steps of the production are done by hand. Therefore the expertise and the skill of our craftsmen decide on the quality of our leather bags. This is the same in our German production as well as in the factories of our foreign partners.
Environment-friendly production of leather
Leather is one of the oldest materials used for the production of goods. For a long time vegetable materials which were available regionally were used for the tanning of hides, such as the bark of oak trees in Germany. In the beginning of the 20th century mineral and chemical substances were used to speed up the tanning process. These substances must be recycled afterwards. This is why we prefer leather which have been tanned in a way using natural materials as far as possible.
The quality of leather
Already the selection of the raw hides decides upon the quality of the finished leather. The circumstances - clima, availability of food etc - in which the cattle is kept are important for the structure and quality of the hides. These conditions are very important for us.
When the customer touches a Corf - leather bag he looks for the warm and nice feeling which reminds him that he touches a natural product and not a piece of artificial leather or nylon. After tanning fats or waxes may be added and the leather is mechanically smoothened. By embossing the surface of the leather may get a even look resembling the look of the skin. Such leather for instance is used for our cases and bags of the Titan collection.
We offer our leather bags in many colours so that they can match the dress of our customers. We attach great importance to the use of Anilin colours which guarantee a transparent look so that the natural beauty of the skin remains visible.
For the production of the bags of our Hunting serie a vegetably tanned leather is used which is dyed in a way allowing to remove small scratches by light rubbing. During the use the surface of the document cases, back packs and shoulder bags made out of this leather will get a beautiful patina which is specially appreciated by our customers.
Quality in detail: Corf locks and fittings
The locks and fittings of the Corf collection should work perfectly. But we also attach great importance to their design because they determine the look of our leatherbags.
All locks for our cases or bags are produced exclusively for us by a small Italian manufacturer specialised in the production of small series in top quality. The single parts are cut out of massive brass and assembled with great care. For attache cases we use number locks with a safe like mechanism which allows to open or close the lock by changing the number of the combination. Also these locks are unique and used for our cases only.
A very special feature of our locks is the finish with Palladium, which guarantees a very strong resistance against scratches and the traces of use. Thus the luxurious look of our locks will be preserved even after a long time of use.
The design of our locks corresponds to our brand logo. The upper parts of the locks and pullers have the shape of our logo and they show the knives - the traditional symbols of a tanner.
The principle of CORF: functionality and excellent design
When develloping documentcases or lady bags we try to find a balance between perfect functionality and timeless design.
Continuous perfection of business bags
Our development of business bags focusses on functionality. So the sizes follow the measures of the laptops or documents (mostly in inch or in DIN). Inside there are small pockets allowing to find a mobile phone, cards, pens etc quickly. All cases can be carried comfortably by handles or a shoulder strap. These are specially important features of back packs which nowadays are preferred because customers like the comfort they offer in handling and carrying. Indispensable is the packing sleeve on the backside to fix the bags on a trolley. The aim of our development is to make life easier for those who carry our bags.
Fashion has to be considered for the design of bags for ladies. Shapes and sizes may change, when smaller or bigger bags are preferred. For certain occasions a lady wants to use a simple clutch or a shoulder bag. Colours are most important. In the Corf collection you will find standard colours as red, blue or beige as well as brown and black. It is our aim to offer bags which may also be carried in a second or third season.
But for all bags we try to design a well organised interior with inside pockets which allow to find your phone, cards and cosmetics quickly.
Even if we offer our leatherbags at prices you might only find in an outlet, we will always pay greatest attention to our quality.