I'm on a mission. I want to find as many small leather companies and leathercrafters who live right here in the good ol' United States of America. The mission is simple, support these artists in anyway I can. Unfortunately, my budget doesn't allow me to buy something from everybody... But I would if I could! That's how amazing I think these folks are! As I (slowly, or I'll go broke) purchase their quality goods, I'll write a little blurb about each product and company. The journey has begun!
The bag itself is perfect for me. The strap can be adjusted to be worn on the shoulder or across the body. Add in the full-grain cowhide and brass hardware and this satchel should last me a lifetime! (They recommend not evening conditioning the bag for awhile and just letting it patina.) I can fit most of my accessories in there, including my water bottle and tablet, which is great for traveling. It also makes a good everyday bag if I am going to be out for awhile and I don't want to bring around my Duluth briefcase. The man bag (calling it that) will come in handy on shopping trips, city outings, and hiking adventures!
On to the Corter Leather & Cloth Indigo Travel Wallet (Special Edition 2016 yeah!). With my upcoming journey to Rome in October, I was looking for a good looking passport wallet. A bunch of the crafters make them but I decided on Corter because they have the cast iron key ring at the top. I really couldn't find another one like that. Also, the dying of the leather is just beautiful! From their website:
"We designed this tannage ourselves completely from scratch. Our signature Indigo Latigo is a latigo leather that is drum dyed through the core to be reminiscent of freshly oxidized indigo. It is then hot stuffed by hand with waxes and oils to be soft and ready to use. It will age darker over time, burnishing in spots of high wear and developing a deep blue patina."
Being a fan of denim, and having just gotten Pigeon Tree Crafting's Indigo Belt (will be in Part 2), I knew that this travel wallet was the right choice! Plus, the fact that they tanned this leather themselves makes it really special and unique.
The wallet arrived within a few days, and funny story, came right when I received my passport! Awesome. The passport pocket is a little snug but I know it will form to it with more use (plus I don't have to worry about it falling out...). There are two card slots for credit cards and the back of the wallet as an extra slot. The saddle stitching (Entirely hand stitched, no machine!) is perfect and the contrasting blue thread is a really nice touch. The snap button closure is brass (I believe) and doesn't have that "cheap" hardware feel like so many name brand companies use to cut corners.
The company's itself has a very informative website. For example, in their 'Materials' section, they break down and describe each type of leather they use. That extra mile some companies go to let the consumer know about their materials and crafting process I find really interesting.
I am very happy with my choice of a travel wallet and it will get a lot of use through the years!
Well, that's part one! I hope to keep finding these little leather gems that are tucked away under all that trash from department stores. There are still real leatherworkers out there! #findingcrafters
For my full list of companies so far click here. I literally find new ones almost everyday!)