5 leather brands you should know about
Leather goods are known to be the perfect companion for your pair of jeans. Especially vegetable tanned leather is high sough-after for its capability to evolve over time. The leather goods will age alongside your jeans; as the denim wears out and fades over time, the leather darkens, this process is known as patina. Choosing a high-quality leather wallet, belt or accessory will compliment your jeans and will last for years.
In the past few years, many new leather brands came up. Since the rise of Instagram and websites as Etsy, it is so much easier to reach the market. In this article we will feature five (upcoming) leather goods brands that we think you should know about. Some brands are one-man shows while other brands are small companies. What all those companies have in common is their passion for handcrafted high-quality leather goods.
Ondura Durable Goods
Ondura Durable Goods is a one-man show, based in Germany, and was founded by Leens Jan Ondra in 2013. Unsatisfied after having worked for several years in the fashion industry as a designer, Leens started his own brand, Ondura Durable Goods, under the slogan; ‘Less is more and quality will endure’.
Ondura’s collection exists out of classic and timeless designs that are completely handmade in Germany. Durability and functionality are two characteristic words for the collection; every item is made to last a lifetime and not just a fashion season. All pieces are made from high quality natural vegetable tanned leather, which will take its own beautiful unique patina over time.
The Ondura Slim Biker wallet is made of high quality natural vegetable tanned leather. The thickness of the wallet varies from 3mm to 1,5mm leather and feels very solid. The Slim Biker wallet contains 2 card slots which can contain both up to 4 cards and a big zipper coin pocket. Check all the features of the Slim Biker Wallet in Ondura’s web store.
Craft & Lore
Since the Establishment of Craft & Lore on January 1st in 2014, they have steadily grown. Craft & Lore was Founded by Chad Von Lind and since 2015 Michael Miles, the primary maker, joined the team. Craft & Lore take their influences out of the old things and the old ways. Chad and Michael create simple unassuming products that are built beautifully and built to last.
The collection of Craft & Lore is simple in form and function and made with traditional materials and by timeless methods. The goods are heritage in quality, and heirloom by durability. The current collection of Craft & Lore varies from Tote bags to Mousepads and from Wallets to Key hooks, all made from vegetable tanned leathers.
The Craft & Lore Enfold Wallet is unique in its design. The quick access card slots at the back of the wallet making life efficient at the checkout stand. The wallet is entirely hand cut, hand punched and finished with a beautiful Saddle stitch. The Enfold wallet is available here.
Hides and Stitches
Hides and Stitches, founded by Dan and Tiffany Garbowitz, opened their store in 2013 in Michigan, USA. The brand emerged as a result of their desire to create, design and grow. All items are made from the highest quality materials available, while taking the environmental aspects into account.
The collection of Hides and Stitches contains clean traditional pieces like a cardholder and a bifold wallet but also more outspoken items such as growler carrier and leather earrings. Every product in their collection can be made in a variety of different high quality leathers, like for example; full-grain vegetable tanned leather and shell cordovan leather.
The money clip bifold wallet is a great alternative to a traditional bifold. This wallet will hold up 8 cards and the card slot at the front of the bifold makes finding the right card easy every time. One more special feature of this bifold, the money clip allows you to bring your money bills with you! The Hides and Stiches money clip bifold wallet is available in their web store.
One Star Leather Goods
One Star Leather Goods makes premium leather goods in California since 2012. ‘Buy good things, own them for a long life’ is the basis of their philosophy. Their goods are durable and may well outlast their owners. The One Star team, Keegan, his wife and three friends work out of their garage in Los Angeles and ship leather goods all over the world.
One Star Leather Goods offers a very wide variety of leather goods. Belts, wallets, watch straps and even dog collars are available through their web store and via Etsy. One Star Leather Goods are made from the highest quality American sourced leather available. Each piece is individually hand cut, hand sewn and hand finished.
The natural vegetable tanned leather belt is made from thick and sturdy 12 oz. tan harness leather. The One Star Leather Goods belt is custom sized with 5 oval holes, making it easier to buckle the thick leather. This durable belt will age beautifully alongside your pair of jeans and will darken over time. Head over their web store and see the collection for yourself.
When Karel, founder of Leatherlands, was looking for the perfect gift for his best friend, he came by a leathercraft store and he thought why not make something myself. Karel practiced his skills onto a professional level by stitching leather goods for many hours and taking courses in Hong Kong.
Leatherlands’ collection exists out of nine different card wallets and some accessories. The goods are made of Italian natural vegetable tanned leather and finished with a blend of oils and wax for extra durability. All items are fully hand cut, hand stitched and finished by hand. Continuously throughout the year, Leatherlands organizes Leathercraft workshops in Amsterdam.
The Leatherlands card wallet style 9 is a simple and practical card wallet. The wallet is hand stitched along the sides and all the edges are polished. This small wallet is very practical due to its size and can carry up to 6 cards. Leatherlands offers hand-made leather goods from €20 via their webstore.