Hi there, I’m Ramona, founder of Brickwalls and Barricades. I’ve been working with leather for my entire life, but after spending 2 decades in commercial industries I decided that I no longer wanted to sacrifice my passion and the quality of my work by creating products that will appeal to the masses with “just the right prices”. I wanted to create more meaningful and sustainable, something with soul, something that celebrates people and their individuality… and so Brickwalls and Barricades was born.
Made with Love
all items are proudly crafted by hand and heart in Holland
our aprons save money and the planet
only the best European materials and suppliers
The Best of The Best.
Our vision since Day 1 has been to create premium quality products that people will love to use and brag about. We didn't want to create "just aprons" - we wanted to be the Mercedes of leather aprons and gastronomy supplies.
We want to help the world to save our precious water.
844 million people worldwide don’t have clean water and every minute a newborn dies from infection caused by lack of safe water and an unclean environment.
To cultivate and produce a regular cotton apron, many pesticides, toxic chemicals and literally thousands of liters of water are needed. Now think again about all the washing that is additionally needed to clean all those fabric aprons worldwide, every single day. We can surely think of much better applications for all of that precious water.
All our leather aprons need is a simple whipe-off and an occasional waxing. Sounds good right?
So what are you waiting for: stop washing, start waxing!
And because we realy do care, we donate a part of our profit to the non-profit foundation "One Drop" who does amazing work in the universal access to safe water.
We are Sustainable
We are aware of the impact of leather production on our world. Yet, when executed with care, tanned leather is perhaps the oldest and best use of a waste product in history of man.
At Brickwalls and Barricades we take the environment very seriously. We buy local, we used recycled paper and packaging, we compensate our CO2, and most importantly we only cooperate with tanneries using highly regulated modern tanning techniques (including organic methods such as vegetable tanning and various forms of fully chromium-free tanning) and we strive to ensure that our European suppliers fully comply with all environmental regulations (often exceeding such standards), for the least possible impact on air, water and land.
We are Responsible
All our products are crafted by hand and heart in our own manufactury in Holland. Our team of artisanal crafts (wo)men, proudly merges our unique leathers into timeless one-of-a-kind pieces to last a lifetime.
Our finished products are packed, stored and shipped from a local warehousing firm who provides sheltered employment for all kind of disabled people.
We are always looking for new ways of improving our social responsibility and ways of giving back.
Who We Work With
We embrace the dreamers, the do-ers, the creators and the go-getters!
Imagine for example a London based department store, who won the "best department store in the world" award 4 times, or a Swiss BBQ manufacturer who innovatively chalenges the status quo of grilling on both gas and coal, or a German knife manufacturing business who for generations has created millions of premium knifes per year, or what about an amazing NY based sushi restaurant run by a former "Masterchef USA" finalist, or a Dutch premium quality restaurant who organic farms its own meat, wines and oils on their own ranch in Argentina, or a maybe a Swiss high-end coffee roaster with also caters luxury bars, a massively passionate spice manufacturer, up to a world renowned hotel chain, an large beer brewery, a high-end foodcourt, a famous celebrity chef, an award-winning barber, a chic urban florist, a local authentic butcher, a innovative foodtruck, and.. and.. and... we could go on for hours.
All these fabulous entrepreneurs may be very different in so many ways, but they have one thing in common: they are the ones who want to be the best in what they do and require only the best to achieve it! It's no coincidence that we know them all personally and they all happen to use and sell our products :)
We've got you covered!
If your hunger for information about Brickwalls and Barricades is not yet satisfied, we invite you to browse trough our News section to have a look at a selection of our recent, press releases and snippets of our products represented in magazines, newspapers or other media.