Leather is our passion and always has been. Thomas Machalke is the first person behind the Tommy M brand. The owner of the company TM Collections grew up with leather and the art of processing this material. He became familiar with the peculiarities and special features of leather at a young age. Now he uses these many years of experience, knowledge and skill to find leathers whose use and processing would be virtually impossible for others.
At Tommy M, leather is not simply bought from a catalogue. Thomas Machalke and Ale Couperus travels the world and visits different tanneries, looks at the material and manufacturing conditions and makes careful selections. There are several reasons for this. On the one hand, it obviously guarantees that Tommy M’s high quality requirements with regard to materials, environment and sustainability are met, but on the other, it is because many leather “treasures” are not even available to “normal” customers. They are hidden away in the corners of manufacturer’s leather stores or perhaps intended for something completely different, such as handbags or clothes. Special leathers are not even offered to the average furniture manufacturer.
Most of the leather furniture industry requires leather to be uniform because of machine-based and standardised manufacturing. Tommy M does not do uniformity. Thomas Machalke and Ale Couperus looks for something special and demands it, such as unique visual effects, where leather shows the natural traces of the hide or an impressive feel, for example when leather is so buttery-soft to touch that it feels like velvet or processing techniques that so far have not been used to produce upholstery leather. It is all possible with Tommy M, thanks to vast knowledge and experience and specialisation in the special.