Petek’s story is that of a family leather-working business started back in the days of the Ottoman Empire. It has always been about leather and fine craftsmen-ship.
1st Generation: Small Beginnings
The story of Petek Leather began in 1855 in Veles, a town that lies in the heart of today’s Macedonia but part of the Ottoman Empire back then. The business was started by a young man Ismail, who was immersed in saddlery and leather tanning, and was a well known artisan of his time.
2nd Generation: Building a Reputation
Ismail’s son Hüseyin was born in 1882. Hüseyin was fascinated by his father’s occupation. In time, the father passed the particulars of the alutation craft to his son. Yet after a while, the teachings of his father were not enough to satisfy the curiosity of him. In pursuance of further self-improvement, Hüseyin traveled with a fellow traveler to Austria, the place where the best leather masters of the era were raised; and devoted his labors to a master, acquiring the most delicate and sophisticated nuances and techniques of the craft. Later on, after returning to Veles/Macedonia, he enhanced his father’s style with the new techniques and continued his occupation with leather goods.
The locals began calling him “Saraç” (the Saddler), and subsequently he became known as “Saraç Hüseyin” (Saddler Hüseyin). Saraç Hüseyin became known widely for his quality leather goods in many towns and cities throughout the region.
3rd Generation: Moving to the Capital
As time went on, Hüseyin noticed his eldest son’s growing attention toward the craft. Hüseyin then decided training his son Hamdi as a Saddler, thus following the tradition of passing the art from father to son. Saraç Hamdi immigrated to Istanbul in 1954 where the family took the surname “Saraçkardeşler” (Saddler Brothers). Hamdi Saraçkardeşler then went on to bring the craft of saddlery and leather-working to the people and businesses of Istanbul.
4th Generation: Internationalization
Staying loyal loyal to the family tradition, the sons of Hamdi Saraçkardeşler, Kemal, Mustafa and Ismet worked diligently to maintain the traditional family business of leather working as the proud fourth generation. They remained dedicated to superior quality production for their growing company “Petek Saraciye”, going on to launch their own brand of quality leather goods “Petek – 1855” in 1973.
5th Generation: Modernization
Today, Petek is now into it’s 5th Generation is stronger than ever. Consumers continue appreciate fine leather products and Petek continues to produce these products both under it’s own brand ‘Petek 1855’, and as a supplier for other high-end European brands. In fact, if you are the owner of a European luxury brand’s leather products, then you may already have a ‘Made by Petek’ product in your hands already!