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  • Story Leather Testimonial: Mark

    Posted on October 20, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello Everyone!

    Halloween is right around the corner and so is Christmas, so we hope everyone is getting a head start. We'll be announcing our cut off date for Christmas orders soon so keep an eye out. Also, our in stock iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases will be out in the next week! So sign up for our news letter or stay tuned by following us on Twitter and Facebook!

    Moving on, this weeks testimonial comes from Mark who absolutely loves his case!

    Hi Jerry Lee,

    I am very pleased with the custom leather holster for my iPhone. I can tell the pride of the craftsman who made it by the quality of the work. As seen in the attached photos, I wear it everyday!

    Thanks for a great product and quality customer service!

    Have a great day!

    Mark
    If you have a case you'd like to share then send in a picture with some of your thoughts!

    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. speaking of Promo codes, use SPOOK14 for 10% off!

    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.

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  • Story Leather: Leather 101 with Andrew Royce Bauer

    Posted on October 14, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Continuing with our new segment for all things leather, we have the pleasure of having some insight from some of the best people in the business. So we welcome Andrew Royce Bauer of Royce Leather Collection. A little background on Royce Leather Collection:

     

    It started in 1944 with Eugene Bauer and his very first wallet. Eugene wanted to created handcrafted leather goods for both men and women with the craftsmanship and creativity of his experience.

    Founded in 1974 in New York City by Harold Bauer, Royce Leather was originally a private label manufacturer for the world's finest department stores. In 2013, CEO Andrew Royce Bauer transformed the company under the guise of Royce Leather.Three generations later the Bauer Family and Royce Brand continue to create some of the most amazing leather goods around.

     

    With that, let's see what Royce can tell us about spotting bad leather and a leather embossing!

    Andrew: My occupation is a fashion designer and the Chief Executive Officer of Royce Leather--one of the largest leather manufacturers in the U.S. It is much more difficult nowadays to spot fake leather for two reasons. Many leather companies combine products with both PU and Genuine Leather. Furthermore, most fashion companies use Split Genuine Leather which has a very similar quality to PU Leather. The best way to spot a fake is to feel the thickness and weight of the leather. Full Grain Leather is heavier and has a thicker consistency. Regarding the embossing, the modern consumer wants foil stamping, although I personally prefer blind embossing.

    Royce Leather offers both.

     

    As we always mention, and Andrew here has said the same, always take time to feel the leather. Real leather will always have a little heft to it. There leathers that are a bit lighter due to the split, but there will always be that bit of thickness to it.

    To see all of the Royce Leather collection visit their website: www.royceleathergifts.com and their Facebook page www.facebook.com/RoyceLeather/ always keep a lookout when you're shopping because they can be found just about everywhere!

     

    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. speaking of Promo codes, use SPOOK14 for 10% off!

    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.

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  • Story Leather Testimonial: Ann!

    Posted on October 13, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    A new week means a new testimonial and this week we have Ann! Her problem revolved around juggling two phones and everything in life so we thought we could help her with at least one of those problems.

     

    What does personal style mean to you?

    Ann: Personal Style means finding clothes and accessories that fit my likes and personality.

    What are some style "do's" and "don't" you try and follow?

    Ann: I like to be comfortable and practical.  I want accessories to be functional

    Are there any recent trends you loved or hated?

    Ann: Not specifically.

    How did you come across Story Leather and what was your first purchase?

    Ann: I have a work phone and also a personal cell phone.  Due to security reason, they need to remain separate.  As I am a mother, I need to carry my personal phone with me. Running around with 2 phones and most often outfits without pockets during the day was challenging.  I was looking for a phone case that carried 2 phones but I could not find one.  That is when I stumbled on Story Leather and had a case custom designed for me.

    Function and Fashion, this is what Ann was looking and we were glad to help her out. Ann isn't the only one, there are many others out there that are looking for a bit of function to their fashion and whatever the need we will try our best to fill it.

    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.

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  • Story Leather: Why are your cases so expensive?

    Posted on October 11, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    We hope everyone's summer is going well because there's only a a couple weeks left!

    This week's topic is about the pricing of our items and why they are much higher than other cases you'd find on ebay, amazon, etc. There are many reason as to why our cases cost more and we'll go through some of the major points!

    First and foremost is that all of our cases, stock and custom, are made with 100% genuine leather. We understand there are "leather" cases out there that are only $10, $20, and $30 but some of those might be what you called bonded, synthetic, or PU Leather (Polyurethane Leather). Although not 100% cowhide leather it's still considered leather. That's why some leather cases are priced so much lower then ours and other leather ware companies. we on the other hand take great pride in our leather and our leather even has that natural leather smell that you can only get with real leather.

    Secondly all of our cases, stock and custom, are all handmade. None of the leather goes through a stamping machine to be pre-sized and cut. The reason being that each case is personally cared for by it's artisan and they give a bit of a warm touch to something that is  otherwise lifeless.

    A third and final point would be that our custom items are truly custom. Over this past year we've showcased hundreds of cases that were custom designed by out customers, and now we don't mean just the color. We recreated keepsakes for customers  and we even combine design patterns together to give the customer and a truly custom case. Two of my favorite examples thus far is the customized Woven Wallet. This customer took two existing wallet designs and combine them into one. Another favorite, and now a classic for us, is a double Cartera. These two designs are ideas that were thought up by our customers and carefully crafted by our team to created something that only they will have.

     

     

     

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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.

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  • Story Leather: Rugged Leather Bags

    Posted on October 8, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    With the recent trend of rugged leather bags I thought it would be nice to do a little feature on some of our favorite rugged leather bags, but I want to note that neither bag is better, each bag has its own merits.

     

    The rugged leather bag is made with a raw hide leather and is the thickest and most durable around. These bags are considered the cream of the crop when it comes to endurance. As for style, they take on that old western look which is timeless, which is great because these bags might outlive you. Some great examples of these rugged bags are SaddlebackColsen Keane, and Colonel Littleton Bags. Some facts about the authentic rugged leather bags:

     

     

    (Bag by Colonel Littleton)

    1) Tough leather. They are made with the full grain cowhide. This is the best leather that money can buy and has all of the grain from the cowhide. I won't go too much into detail because Saddleback does a great Leather 101 online tutorial.

     

     

    (Bag by Saddleback Leather)

    2) Timeless look. I'd mention it before, but lets take a closer look as to why these can transcend time. The bag shown above is a Saddleback Classic Briefcase. I chose the carbon color because it fits nicely to just about anything. However, it's overall design it very elegant and simple: leather straps that lock in with a belt buckle, solid D-rings to hold the should and carrying handle, and matching rivets that hold everything together without being flashy. It's "simple" and because of that it doesn't have to follow and trends and will always be timeless, like a suit or sundress.

     

     

    3) Lastly these bags are handmade, like ours. I stress the handmade part because you can't get a tough bag like these with a machine made item. I should clarify that handmade items do require the assistance of machines like: sewing machines, large cutting presses (for the larger cuts), and a rivet machine. Bags that are handmade have a an advantage because the artisan can feel exactly what they're doing and if something were to go wrong you would know it. This is why these bags rarely have any problems whatsoever when it comes to durability and craftsmanship.

    The overall thought on these bags are that they were designed to last a lifetime and really showcase what leather is all about. Like them we also have a passion for leather, but our passions lay with the luxury leather bags which are meant to accent the versatility of leather in all of it's forms. So if you're looking a rugged leather bag then make sure that bag can withstand the test of time.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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.

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  • Story Leather: Fall Fashion's with Eileen Chai!

    Posted on October 7, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Fall is "here"! It doesn't really seem like fall yet in most places, but it doesn't mean we can't start early on the Fall Fashion! So let me introduce you to Eileen Chai of www.fleetcollection.com. Eileen is one half of the amazing team, the other is Lisa Hsieh, and she wanted to share 3 items that would be essential for any lady out there to have!

    Let's see what three items she has in mind!

     

    Eileen: A great coat pulls everything together. You could be wearing rags under there and it wouldn't even matter because the outer packaging is so fabulous. Every fall, I look for a few key pieces to update my wardrobe and a great coat is essential. I'm currently coveting the entire Scandal collection for The Limited, it has the perfect balance between soft femininity and polished structure. The coats and capes are to die for!

     

    Eileen: Plaid! And I'm not just saying that because Plaid makes a major appearance in Fleet Collection's FW14 collection. Maybe it's the back-to-school nostalgia that makes me want to break out the plaid skirts and crested blazer, but for me, it's always relevant for fall no matter what year it is. The pattern is classic and timeless, particularly in muted neutrals. Just ask Burberry, they know what's up!

     

    Eileen: FINALLY, it's time to dust off those leather boots! A killer pair of boots literally - and I do mean literally - go with everything. Jeans, jogging pants, skirts, short dresses, long dresses, leggings...the right pair of boots can pretty much complete any outfit. This season, I'm dying over point toe black ankle booties and Altuzarra's version with the recent Target collab is exactly my idea of the fall "it" boot.

     

    A nice pull over, plaid item, and the always timeless leather boots; we couldn't agree more with Eileen. Be sure to get the jump on the Fall trends and visit www.fleetcollection.com. Be sure to follow their social media channel as well for all the up to date information:

    www.facebook.com/fleetcollection

    twitter.com/fleetcollection

    www.pinterest.com/fleetcollection

    instagram.com/fleetcollection/

     

    Before we wrap this up, one item we think would be nice for the upcoming Fall and Winter is the Etiquette Dress, particularly the one in black.

     

    (Sporting the look she just mentioned, we think this will look great for everyone!)

    One can never go wrong with black.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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.

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  • Story Leather App Review: Trello

    Posted on October 6, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Last time we took a look at Centrallo, an app to centralize your life, and this week we thought we would take a look at Trello. This app was referred to us by a customer and told us that this app was great for managing multiple project deadlines and to-do-lists.The overall interface is very simple and easy to read. The best is that they have a pre-filled out lists with easy to follow instructions on how to get started. So I thought i'd go through some of the instructions to to see just how easy it really is!

     

     

    So when you first log into the web based program you're greeted with a set of pre-fill lists labeled basic, intermediate, advanced, a nice photo of a husky. They do wonderful job of categorizing functions based on how savvy one might be to the platform, but the wonderful part is you can learn at your own pace! So, the basics are making a list, making cards for the list, and populating the list with to-do-items or pictures related to them. It's very simple to pick up and the display is very easy to navigate. even without instructions. I think this is simplicity at it's best, a platform that's easy to understand and is very intuitive.

    Moving onto the more intermediate options, when clicking on a certain card you're greeted with the following window.

     

     

    This window allows one to add members to certain cards, make due dates, check lists, and even a comment section to talk about this specific card. The intermediate instructions also lay out some simple details to help categorize the cards by creating colored labels. I never used to like highlighting items, but I've learned that a little splash of color can really make an item stand out. So by color coordinating the cards in a particular list it's a great way to know which card is important without reading a single word.

     

     

    Lastly we move onto the advanced steps. Although it says advance the instructions allow for a quick learning curve and they you can also archive them to a quick reference if needed. The list of advanced items include keyboard shortcuts for the web based Trello, tips for using the mobile version, and resources for API info and usage examples.

    Overall Trello is an amazing app that takes old form note taking to a mobile platform. Such simple tools we took for granted are now available and are constantly being updated.  This is a must have app for just about any situation. Great for business owners as this was an app developed as an internal solution of a problem and It translated easily to things like school. I think having Trello when I was back in college would have been a great way to communicate to my peers when collaborating on projects, papers, and especially study groups.

     

    Now the best part of Trello is that it's 100% free for 10 mb card attachment upload sizes. Or you can pay $5 a month to get a gold membership and increase that size to 250 mb. As if that wasn't great already Trello even gives the option to get a free upgrade if you invite other users! So visit www.trello.com to try it out and get a first hand look at why it's one of the most popular management tools around.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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.

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  • Story Leather: Phone Case Trends

    Posted on September 27, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Over the course of this new year we've seen a ton of new trends that have come and gone, but one seems to be here to stay, the Wallet Phone Case. This isn't just from our designs, other companies like Vaja, Sena, OtterBox, and many more have really taken the phone wallet designs to a whole new level and I thought sharing the various designs that each company has would really shed light on their popularity.

     

    To start I wanted to mention Otterbox's Commuter Wallet Series. Most of us know that OtterBox's Protection is second to none, I think I heard one survived a car running over it (a few times), and now they combined their amazing protection into a function wallet case. I got to check one out and having a hidden insert in the back is quite clever and handy.

     

     

    Now Vaja, one of the first, if not the first, to make custom phone cases a thing has their very own version of the wallet phone case: Wallet Pelle. A very stylish cash that uses a gel adhesive, also reusable, to secure the phone and it can also hold some credit cards and some bills as well.

     

     

     

    Last but not least we have Sena Cases who make the Magia Wallet and the Antorini wallet cases. Both these cases sport a reusable gel adhesive and have room for bills and a few credit cards.

     

     

     

    These are just come other companies out there that make some amazing leather cases even though we make cases ourselves we can't help but really marvel at how amazing these other cases look. If you would like to see some of our cases you can always check out the Cartera, Aspen, and Verano.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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.

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  • Story Leather Style Stories: Sam Russell

    Posted on September 24, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Whether on TV or the internet we always see certain people that go above and beyond to help another person…well Sam Russell is among one of the best there is. He’s a celebrity stylist, television and red carpet style consultant and so much more. Most notably however is his amazing work through his organization The Giving ClosetThe Giving Closet’s goal is to give women who have beaten the odds a whole new wardrobe to help them jump-start their new life. To learn more visit www.wardrobedept.com/the-giving-closet.

     

    Story Leather: “Fashion fades, style is eternal”- Yves Saint-Laurent. This quote is as famous as the designer himself. What is your take on Fashion and Style and what about your style is eternal?

    Sam: There is a question I am always presented with that seems pretty universal, “ how do I make my own style?”  Answer: Mix and match established designers with off-the-radar designers in your city. Every city has local artisan creating fashion at good prices, so search them out and support them. This is the best way to start fine-tuning your personal look.

     

     

    Story Leather: As a stylist you always on the heartbeat of the next big thing in fashion, “Does that affect your own personal style or do you find creative ways to make it work?”

    Sam: I tuned out “the next big thing“ long ago.  We used to be fed trends 4 times a year, depending on the season. Now it’s weekly. It’s a fashion trap to convince you to shop, even when your pantry is full. My clients appreciate me more when I outsource something fabulous and flattering that works for more than just a “hot minute”.  Beware of trends and fashion press releases….

     

    Story Leather: Being in the fashion industry you've come across a diverse range of diverse body types. Are there some tips you can give to men and women to find the right fit?

    Sam: It starts on the inside first. …Cliché, I know, but it’s true. If you lack self-worth or if someone has manipulated that away from you, that black Donna Karen wrap dress will not matter. Once you fine-tune your inner dialogue, the rest falls into place. The swagger comes wearing anything from that point on……

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    Story Leather: Speaking of giving, you founded an organization called The Giving Closet with some inspiration from Oprah. Could you tell us more about what how The Giving Closet works and any upcoming wardrobe giveaways?

    Sam: Giving Closet was my AHA! moment. I was the king of getting free designer clothes and shoes for my clients. I woke up one day and decided I wanted to start re-routing a portion of this towards women that did not live in million dollar homes. My 10th Giving Closet surprise will be Sept 26th in Houston. I am from Austin and this will be the first Giving Closet I have done in my home state. Uber excited!!  Follow me on twitter to see it all go down: @givingsam

     

    Story Leather: My last question is “what inspires you to do the amazing work that you do?”

    Sam: I saw an imbalance in Hollywood and it perplexed me. The more you pay someone and the more your stroke their ego, the more you spoil their humanity. Look at our politicians, and train-wreck celebrity stories…it happens in our churches too. I woke up one day and refused to be a part of that anymore. guess my goal is to prove that fashion does have a heart.

    Fashion sometimes get that negative connotation that it's all about get the next best thing, but it's great to see amazing people like Sam who are taking fashion and giving it a new meaning. The Giving Closet is an amazing cause and tune in on September 26th as Sam heads to Houston. Be sure to follow Sam on Twitter (@givingsam) and Facebook.com/pages/The-Giving-Closet/ to receive new updates on his next Giving Closet adventure or to check out his new travel column!

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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.

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  • Story Leather: Purse, Totes, and More

    Posted on September 20, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    As many already know we make specialty leather items for any and all mobile devices ranging from a cellphone/smartphone all the way to tablets and laptops, but did you know we also make other items as well?

     

     

    I've already showcased our long and short wallets so I think we can skip those for now, but something we haven't mentioned is that we also handcraft leather bags of almost every assortment.

    Our first and most popular Bag is our Square Messenger Bag. It's a simple yet universal design and it's for men and women. Timeless by design, the messenger bag is sure to be a great item for anyone.

     

     

    Another popular item is our business tote bag. This tote bag was made for men and women of any profession. It's mean't to be minimalist so that it doesn't seem like you're overburdening yourself with tons of items.

     

     

    Our third item on the list pertains to more of a fashion angle as we introduce a Quilted Lambskin Tote Bag. This bags entire quilted design is hand done to provide the best quality possible and in addition made from 100% Lambskin, NO fake or fillers on our leather. The first you'll notice about any of our lambskin items is the feel of it. There's no mistaking the touch or the smell of it.

     

     

    Our last featured bag is the Woven Travelers Bag. This bag is a must have for those that find themselves living airport to airport or hotel to hotel. Sized to be a great carry-on this bag provides room for those quick business trips or a spur of the moment vacation where time is of the essence. I should also mention that this bag is also made from our amazing Lambskin and that the woven pattern is all all hand woven. No Machines here. By the way, it also comes with a removable shoulder strap as well.

     

     

    Lastly we wanted to give you a sneak peak at our new carry on travel bag, the Urbana.

     

     

    This will be a new line of in stock and custom woven travel bags. We will give you more details in the following weeks!

    I hope you enjoyed looking at some of these bags and for the rest of the collection you can go to: http://www.storyleather.com/traditional-leatherware/handbags-totes.html.

    If you have any questions about any of these bags or even any of our other products be sure to give us a call at 1(800) 539-1688 or send us an email: cs@storyleather.com.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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.

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