TERMS, DELIVERY & RETURNS

Shipping
European Union - FREE
International - 60.00

Free shipping on international orders if the order is above 300.00.

Orders are sent via the Portuguese Postal Service (CTT).

Expected delivery times
Please allow up to 3-7 days for shipping within Europe, and 5-15 days for shipping to other countries.

Returns
If for any reason you are not happy with your order, please return the item in its original packaging and with the original receipt or proof of purchase within 30 days of receiving your order.

Goods must be returned unused and in the same condition as when they were received.

On the return package, please write: 'Returned goods to noisegoods.com'.

Noise Goods does not accept liability for any returned goods that are lost or damaged in transit.

Refunds will be applied directly to the credit card or the original method of payment used to make the purchase.

Please note that only regular priced items can be refunded; sale items cannot be refunded.

Contact Noise Goods at [emailprotected] prior to a return in order to confirm the return address.

Exchanges
Exchanges are only offered if the item you ordered is defective or damaged in any way, or if you need to exchange it for a variation of the same item. 
 
 
Further information
Please direct any enquiries about your order to Noise Goods customer service.
 
 
Noise Goods
Rue Igreja 22
Portugal
3105-137

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Noise Goods logo embossed on leather
Noise Goods uses locally sourced vegetable-tanned leather and wool to create a range of functional, high-quality accessories.
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Noise Goods
WARE(S)
Bags, Wallets
PRODUCED IN
Ilha, Leiria, Portugal
COUNTRY
Portugal
MATERIALS
leather, wool
FOUNDED
2014
The love for inanimate objects
How a childhood milestone became a muse

It is the 1990’s in the small sun-drenched Portugese municipality of Alcanena, north of the capital Lisbon. Grunge band Nirvana blares from the radio, and a young boy by the name of Pedro questions his relationship with his wallet. This is where our story begins.

Noise Goods leathersmith“I never had a good relationship with velcro wallets,” Pedro Fernandes recalls, alluding to the polyester, tear-apart accessories that gripped the era. “those wallets were ugly, cold, made out of plastic and practically unusable.”

For a child of modern times, the humble wallet is a milestone. It represents one’s passage from toddlerhood to conscious youth, becoming a person, capable of participating in society.

As fate would have it, this particular boy instead found his first inanimate friend in a denim envelope attached to a new pair of jeans. It was perfect. He didn’t feel like a child with this makeshift wallet, compact and sleek, made from hardy fabric.

It was to be his personal companion for the next 15 years, a container for essentials, and the extension of his adolescent self.

Farewell to a catalyst

Eventually, stitch and fabric gave way to time, and Fernandes bid a reluctant farewell to his denim friend. This piece of his identity was gone.

But from the ashes of his grief rose an understanding of what it means to be a consumer today. That both the cheap and expensive possessions we adopt are expressions of who we are and what we believe in.

Fernandes laments the profit-driven markets that have lost their love for product creation. But this isn’t just about ugly form factor and tacky material.

In a world of fast fashion and vastly dispersed links in the manufacturing supply chain, an uninspiring product is the sad realisation of corporate apathy, Fernandes feels.

The lack of care that drives weak design is the very same that drives poor quality and degrading factory conditions. No wonder people are still puzzled by the idea of making friends with their possessions. So many objects were not created to be loved.

So, that day, when the stitches came apart, Fernandes, set out to make a new friend.

Friendships are formed

Mr Martinho and his cousins at the Angelinos TanneryIn the Spring of 2013, the search began in Fernandes' own backyard ― Alcanena. Ever since the 16th century this area, skirting the Natural Park of Serras de Aire and Candeeiros, has been the traditional center for Portugal’s leather industry.

Fernandes wanted the best and most eco-efficient materials he could find, and his search eventually led him to vegetable-tanned leather.

Not only did he find a new friend in his choice of material but also in Mr Martinho, an experienced craftsman and owner of the local Angelinos Tannery (Curtumes Angelinos).

Here, along with his two cousins, Mr Martinho runs one of the few remaining tanneries in Portugal that continue to produce leather in the same way their ancestors did ― by using natural vegetable tannins.

This labour intensive process requires great skill, enhances the intrinsic qualities of the hides and produces rich and deep earthy tones. It will also result in the leather acquiring a unique patina that flourishes through use and time.

Pedro Fernandes with Luís & Pedro Caetano, the creatives behind Noise GoodsTwo more friends were found in leathersmiths and brothers Luís and Pedro Caetano. In their local workshop Fernandes and the brothers toiled away until one day Fernandes held in his hands a replacement for his long lost denim friend ― a leather coin wallet.

Fernandes was proud of his new, crafted friend and it wasn’t long before people who saw it wanted one too. And this is where our story ends ― with the beginning of Noise Goods.

“I started Noise Goods because I grew tired of crappy products. Tired of the cold, inhuman manufacturing, and its consequences. But also of the general lack of attention to what the real consumer wants. I believe in a good shopping experience, where you can support fair trade in exchange for an authentic product," enthuses Fernandes.

Noise Goods coin walletNoise Goods launched in 2014 after new additions for the original coin wallet were designed by Fernandes.

Burel, a water-repellent, woven fabric made of pure wool, locally gathered from Bordaleira sheep in the highland village of Manteigas in Serra da Estrela, has since been incorporated into some of Fernandes creations, and makes an excellent companion for Mr Martinho’s leather.

A limited range of inanimate friends in the form of backpacks, bags and wallets now exists, all still honestly crafted by Fernandes’ physical friends, the Caetano brothers and Mr Martinho.

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