StoryLeather Blog

  • Story Spotlight: TGIF Guide and Nick!

    Posted on April 24, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    This week we had a bit of awesome news when we found out our very own Nick Vargas was interviewed by TGIF Guide, the ultimate guide to all things Travel, Gourmet, Indulgence and Fashion.

    Before we post the interview link, lets get a little bit on the creator of TGIF - Jacqueline Chambers!

    Jacqueline was born akin to fashion and earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Marketing. From there she went on to work in many fields. To quote her bio: "She currently specializes in marketing, event production, creative content development, blogging, social media, inside sales and photography. Her work as a wardrobe stylist cultivates her passion for teaching others to be beautiful, confident, and expressive, on all types of budgets, and from all walks of life. She also serves as a mentor for the youth empowerment program, In True Fashion and personally rescues dogs from the local animal shelters."

    She's truly a person to look out for and we wanted to spotlight her and her website because we think that it's fabulous what she's doing. To read her full bio go here:

    http://tgifguide.com/about-jackie-chambers/

    Now onto the interview! Which can be found here: http://tgifguide.com/interview-with-nicholas-vargas-of-story-leather/

    Here's a sneak peak:

     

     

    TGIFguide : What was your motivation behind coming up with a company like Story Leather?

    NV : Story Leather was created to be different and to disrupt.  Although we are a small shop now, we have a big mission statement – we want to help people differentiate by producing leather goods that are one of a kind. Whether it be a phone case, a wallet or a handbag, we custom build a case base on the individual’s taste for color and style; we build our goods to fit your taste and not the other way around. In terms of disruption, we are producing goods that are on level, in terms of craftsmanship and overall quality, of premium leather brands like Coach, Louis Vuitton, and the likes, but we differentiate ourselves through our capability to custom build one case at a time! Again, we preach unique personal style!

     

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Jonathan on


    This post was posted in Fashion

  • Story Leather Testimonial: Denis

    Posted on April 24, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    I can't believe April is already half over, it seems just yesterday we had Easter. Rather then be in gloom about the passing time, we decided to focus on some good thoughts, like Denis and his very thoughtful words:

    I just received the case from my iPhone 6 and I am very impressed.
    It is a wonder, thank you to send my congratulations to the person or persons who are achieved.

    Again thank you for including key ring.

    Best regards.

    Denis

     

     

    The key pouch Denis was referring to are the free gift we included for orders that were placed during our month of vacation for our team. We hope he enjoys the case as much as the key pouch.

     

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Jonathan on


    This post was posted in Fashion

  • Story Leather Testimonial: with J.D.

    Posted on April 23, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    April is quickly coming to a close, but that just means it's just a few weeks away the new Avenger's movie! However, before we get there we wanted to share an awesome testimonial by J,D, who loves his cool custom items.

     

    Hi - Sorry I could not get back to you sooner but I had to go into hiding and run from the masses that were attacking me when they saw this absolutely fantastic case you built for my sony z3. It caused quite a commotion when I took it out of the box in front of all that were waiting to see it. All I could say was WOW ! as my jaw dropped - its exactly like I wanted workmanship is excellent & leather quality perfect, the burgundy suede lining up against the black glass sony is striking & elegant. I'll try to sent photos along later were still waiting on that custom silver chain to be finished that is used for our key's and a pocket pull as well as security I won't want to lose this with all that I carry LOL   / Thank You again to you & your staff for an excellent product line.
    Sincerely J.D.
    To give an idea of how much he loves his custom work, he included an awesome custom silver dragon key chain to add with his case.
    Needless to say J.D.'s custom items pair up nicely.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Jonathan on


    This post was posted in Fashion, Testimonial

  • Story Leather's 5 Whacky Wallet Gadgets You Can’t Be Without

    Posted on April 22, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Gadgets are great… but useless if they’re not with you. So, here are five handy-dandy little doodads you can keep in your Story Leather wallet and bust out as needed.

     

    1. Tool Logic’s SVC1 Survival Card – This sharp gizmo boasts a 1-inch serrated blade with an ergonomic grip, has a compass with an 8x power lens, emergency signal whistle, tiny tweezers for splinter or small object elimination, a toothpick, and inch/cm rulers – all packed in one itsy-bitsy credit card sized package!

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Amazon)

    2. CarZor’s Mini Pocket Razor Shaver – It is a card, a mirror, a razor… and it’s all three at the same time! The blades are stored safely behind the mirror while it’s stashed in your wallet and viola – one quick unfold and it’s ready to whack those whiskers.

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Amazon)

    3. Zootility’s Multitool – Phone kickstand, bottle opener, flat screwdriver, micro screwdriver for glasses repairs, a door latch slip, letter opener, hex wrenches, and ruler. Wow.

     

    4. EyeCard Wallet Glasses – Your handiest reading cheaters, no bigger than a credit card and comes in its own scratch-resistant slip case that slips right into your wallet.

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of eyeCard Readers)

    5. FlatLight – Here’s a super bright LED flashlight with 10+ hours of run time on 2 CR2016 coin replaceable batteries, and it fits fine into any sized wallet.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Technology, Showcase

  • Story Leather's 4 Things a Woman Should Always Carry in Her Purse

    Posted on April 20, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    While "everything" might be on your list of must-have items to throw in your shoulder bag, there are four fab everyday items you know about, but have forgotten about. Take inventory and make sure you have these essentials with you before your next outing.

     

     

    1. $20 cash

    You probably already have a few bucks in your wallet. But what if you lose your wallet, or simply run low on funds? Having Andrew Jackson tucked away in a convenient side pocket of your purse is always a good idea. Pretty much all brick and mortar businesses take plastic, but what if you find yourself at an irresistible yard sale, swamp meet, or Farmer’s Market? Yep – you’ll be needing a little folding money.

     

     

    2. Neutral lip gloss and a mini mascara

    You never know when you might be out with a plain face, and then plans change. Having just a touch of mascara and some lip color that goes with whatever you’re wearing will take you from shy to “hi!” in an instant.

     

    3. Emergency contact phone numbers

    This may seem a bit drastic, but you just never know when misfortune is coming your way – from auto accidents to getting stranded somewhere without transportation, you just might have to phone a friend (or a lawyer). And what if you lose your smartphone? Nobody memorizes anyone’s digits these days, so even if you could borrow someone’s cell… would you know what number to dial?

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Quick Ship)

    4. An ink pen

    In today’s universe of speed dial and GPS, it seems a bit archaic to carry a pen around; but even the best electronics will run out of juice or go on the blink at some point. So if you need to jot something down quickly, such as an email address or directions, it’s wise to have some sort of old fashioned writing utensil at your fingertips.

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Simpler Times Homestead)

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Showcase, Promotion

  • Story Leather Testimonial: A Special gift

    Posted on April 16, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello everyone, we hope Easter weekend was a great success. Today's style story should be one for Valentines or Mother's day, but we couldn't wait. The story is, "Izzle" husband was looking to get her a gift and he thought a customized case for her phone would do the trick. After a a few weeks of waiting. They got the case and I think she's pretty happy with it.

     

     

    I believe they're out and about, so we were so excited that we saw that photo.

    If you've gotten your case recently, we'd love to see it. You can always send photos to cs@storyleather.com.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Jonathan on


    This post was posted in Fashion, Testimonial

  • Story Leather Phone Case Review: UAG Rouge Folio!

    Posted on April 15, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    As you know there are a plethora of phone cases out there with even more companies that make them. However there are always a few household names when it comes to top notch protective cases: OtterBox, LifeProof, and UAG. UAG stands for Urban Armor Gear, and rightfully so as their protective cases are made to match or exceed military specs, which is pretty neat in my opinion.  So let’s get started with this review of the UAG Rouge Folio!

     

     

    Overall Design

    The design of the Rouge Folio is a dual combination of a wallet and protective case.  At a glance you can see their FrogSkin tech at work. This is a neat piece of tech that allows for a surface grip even if the case is slightly wet. Even if the case isn’t wet, a bit of grip is great for the iPhone 6 because we all know how slippery that phone is. Moving on, we see the classic honeycomb design that’s implemented into all their cases along with the soft gel/rubber padding in case of a sudden drop or spill.

    A new addition to their protective cover is the addition of the cover. This cover has a nice little cutout to allow us to talk without having to fold the cover around. On the other side of the cover we have a convenient insert for up to 3 cards. Unlike other cases, UAG leaves a space so you’re not guessing as to how much it can stretch. I usually guess wrong and bad stuff happens when you overstuff an insert.

     

     

    Pros

    What can I say, it’s a UAG case. They tough as nails and to be honest, I’ve dropped the case a few times on accident while reviewing the case and my phone is fine (at least I think so); although I don’t recommend you going around and tossing the phone.  Another plus for the Folio design is that the screen has a cover. I don’t know how many times I’ve assumed that because I have a protective cover that my phone is protected. As many of you know we may have all the corners and the back covered, but what happens when it drops on accident? You guessed it, it falls flat on the screen, but wait I have a protective lip that extends past the screen, well here’s a rock on the floor that renders that useless.

    With that being said, a cover is not new or innovative, but essential sometimes. In my case, I play sports and sometimes I don’t have pockets, so an all in one case like the Rouge Folio is great.

    *Disclaimer: Another note worth mentioning is that I took it out for a test run as I like to hike and such, sure enough I dropped it and the result is nothing happened.

     

     

    Cons

    Not many cons here, I mean the case is built solidly. The only point I would bring up is the stitching used on the card insert area. It’s a bit thin and although it hasn't happened, I can guess that it might wear away after a while. It’s a good thing that it’s on the inside so it shouldn't happen quickly if at all. So maybe it's not a Con at all.

     

    The Takeaway

    My overall thoughts are that this is a solid case. It offers the 360 protection by adding the front cover so you’re not worried about it falling screen first into a rock, it has the same UAG tech that is offered with all UAG cases, and it’s fairly priced. So I’d say it’s a pretty good buy for those looking for extra protection or for the active lifestyle.

    On a rating of 10 I'd give it a 9/10.

    Price: $39.95

     

     

    If you're interested in other UAG products then visit them at www.urbanarmorgear.com. They also have the new Samsung Galaxy 6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and the HTC One M9 so don't forget to check those out as well.

     

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Jonathan on


    This post was posted in Fashion, Technology, News, The Weekly Story

  • Story Leather: Best Wallet Scenes in the Movies

    Posted on April 14, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Throughout cinematic history we see many iconic accessories being used. More recently we looked at Empire and their amazing bags/purses. This time we look at more historical films and see what wallets are being used in some of Hollywood's most memorable movies.

     

    To Have And Have Not (1944) – Here’s Your Wallet

     

    Based on a story by Ernest Hemingway, this classic film is set in Vichy, France, where a fishing boat captain Harry (Humphrey Bogart) tries to avoid getting involved in Resistance politics but can’t help it when he meets Slim (Lauren Bacall), a light-fingered American girl who specializes in lifting wallets.

     

    In one scene, Harry makes Slim return a mark named Johnson’s (Walter Sande) wallet. “Here’s your wallet,” she says, coolly handing it over. “How’d you get it?” he blusters. “I stole it,” she remarks casually. “Well, that’s a fine thing!” he stutters. “What are you going to do about it?” Then Harry takes over, lulling the man into a false sense of security… that is, before a gunfight bursts out, and stops the con cold.

    DIRECT LINK:
    http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/241279/To-Have-And-Have-Not-Movie-Clip-Here-s-Your-Wallet.html

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    Howard the Duck (1986) – Howard’s Wallet

     

    Howard the Duck is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics. He’s a somewhat grouchy anthropomorphic, extraterrestrial critter marooned on Earth. When it came out almost 30 years ago, the film adaptation “Howard the Duck” was big bomb. But the wallet scene is still pretty absurdly funny. In it, his rescuer, played by Lea Thompson, is talking to Howard about how they can get him back to his home planet, when he suddenly falls asleep. His wallet falls to the floor, and she takes a peek inside.

     

    Here we see Howard’s Marshington, D.C. driver’s license, a MallardCard, and BloomingDuck’s charge plastic. Cash, and of course “protection.” All of this in a plain black billfold, much like any earthling would carry. Like Donald Duck, Howard doesn’t wear pants. So who knows how he found a pocket to slip his wallet into?

    DIRECT LINK:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUChuDMVqvY

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    Pulp Fiction (1994) – Jules Winnfield’s BMF Billfold

    This is the sordid story of Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson). They are hit-men in this ultra-hip, fine and philosophical crime movie, and their tale is interwoven with the trials and tribulations of their boss, gangster Marsellus (Ving Rhames) ; his wife, Mia (Uma Thurman) ; boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) ; and a shaky pair of armed robbers, Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer).

     

    It’s in a diner scene involving the crooks and Jules, that perhaps the most famous wallet in cinematic history is seen for the very first time.

     

    (Warning: There is some profanity in this scene. It’s written and directed by Quentin Tarantino – ‘nuff said!)

    DIRECT LINK:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHnfg4ZH11U

     

     

    PHOTO: Miramax Pictures

    I hope you enjoyed a trip down cinema lane!

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Fashion

  • Story Leather: 3 Generations, 1 Purse, 0 Conflict – How To Find a Purse that Fits You

    Posted on April 12, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    When I had lunch with one of my girlfriends the other day, I complimented her on her beautiful, Spring-like mint-green handbag. She said she bought it while vacationing in Palm Springs, and that her mother and her young niece both loved the bag too, and they each bought the same one.

     

    This got me to thinking – what is it about a purse that makes it so classic and timeless that three women from three different generations would all respond to it?

     

    First of all, it should indeed be “classic” – simple lines are key. For example, a huge handbag festooned with flowers and fringe might appeal to the girl, but not the grandmother. Whereas Grandma might like a patent-leather purse with a snap-top closure, that’s far too fussy for a teenager.

     

    Secondly, the purse should be stylish but functional. Yes, a tiny clutch is elegant, but it barely has room to carry a breath mint let alone a smart phone, wallet, makeup, protein bar, and other sundries.

     

    Lastly, the purse should be of a classic, solid color. Neutrals are great for anyone – teens, women, and ladies of a certain age – you can’t go wrong with pretty, but understated, hues.

     

     

    Our Venue woven tote bag is just about perfect for any woman. It not only meets all of the above criteria, but it’s handmade with exceptional care, made of premium lambskin, and it’s got zippered inner pockets complete with a mobile phone compartment and a detachable coin pouch.

     

     

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Fashion, Showcase, Personal Style

  • Story Leather: Case Closed! The Best Phone Cases Are Closed, And Here is Why

    Posted on April 10, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Sure, you could have a bright pink, open-faced phone case riddled with rhinestones and covered in cartoon characters, but what does that say about you? Cute, but not very substantial – same as the case you’re carrying.

     

    For one thing, open-face cases do not offer much, if anything, in the way of screen protection. Nearly all cracked, scratched and broken screens are the cause of dropping an unprotected phone. If you use a flip or pouch style case, you decrease your chances of having to buy a brand new device tenfold. So even though a closed leather case might be more expensive, in the long run it’s actually a great investment.

     

    Some folks find them bulky, but “I love my flip cover,” says one user on an Android forum. “It keeps my face from hitting buttons when I’m on a call, protects my screen, and if the back gets scratched I just replace the cover.” Another closed case enthusiast adds, “In the end, I like the insurance of having a flip cover to protect the screen. I love my Note 2 way too much to risk it.”

     

     

    One of the best closed phone cases we offer is our Woven 2 leather, because it’s not only shielding and stylish, but it also has a snap button tab closure and a convenient carry-handle (this is your best bet for travel, and especially helpful in thwarting theft!). Everyone likes to add their own personal style – so even though we don’t offer pink rhinestones or cartoon characters on our cases, we will personalize with your monogram or logo.

     

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Promotion, Doing the Right Thing

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