Behind the Seams

LEATHER TO LAST GENERATIONS

When the Balsim family moved to Melbourne in the early 1970’s, they strived to re-establish their generations-old garment making business from Russia in their new home. Over time the business grew again, and is now run by four generations of Balsims. We had a chat with Martin Balsim about family, longevity and collaboration.

On working with Nikel + Sole…

The team is so easy to get along with, and we definitely speak the same language. It’s nice to work with a brand that is so genuine, and has a similar work ethic and close knit culture.

My grandparents were a huge inspiration to me…

They worked tirelessly to build something from nothing. Their hard work makes me feel so proud and passionate, and I’m determined to ensure this business continues to thrive.

About local manufacturing…

Australia has so many different cultures with amazing talent. Migrants move here to create new lives, and at the same time help build Australian expertise. We have specialists in every field and it is important to recognise the skills and expertise we do have here and give credit where it’s needed. The quality of Australian-made products is second to none.

95% of our leather is sourced from Italy…

The remainder comes from Spain, Portugal and South America. What makes the quality exceptional is that all our family run partners combine state of the art technology with leather making skills that have been preserved through generations.

Leather lasts…

Due to the quality of garments we produce, we have customers come back and show us beautifully aged pieces passed down through parents and grandparents. We know the hand-crafted leather jacket we have created for Nikel + Sole will have a story to tell in years to come.


Click the link below to shop Nikel + Sole's Australian made Leather Jacket