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  • Story Leather: Windows on HTC One M8?

    Posted on August 21, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    HTC One M8; we know it for it's sleek metallic look, cool camera, and the fact that Robert Downey Jr. and Gary Oldman support it. Aside from that there's some exciting news, the Windows 8 OS is now on HTC One M8! Although this is a Verizon exclusive, Microsoft made sure that this addition is well worth it.

     

     

    With the latest update to the windows OS, Windows 8.1 brings Cortanna. She is the answer to Siri and OK Google, but the defining feature of Cortanna is that she has distinctly human characteristics. This is very evident in the way that she speaks and interacts with your commands or questions. To learn a bit more Engadget put together a very nice post about it.

    In addition to Cortanna,  Windows 8 OS will include a dual-band LTE which means it will work internationally. A very helpful addition for the person that likes to travel. Here are more details, but this is the very short version. To read more you can visit Engadget or the Windows Phone webpage at www.windowsphone.com/en-us.

     

    (Images and information provided by Engadget)

    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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  • Style Stories: Sabina Vajraca the Fashionable Filmaker!

    Posted on August 20, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Summer is coming to a close and fall is quickly making an appearance, I hope. This week we had the pleasure of speaking to Sabina Vajraca. As wonderfully put on her website, she’s a “filmmaker by day and fashion lover by night”; film and fashion, two words that sound too perfect for each other. At a glance Sabina is a New Yorker with a bit of the classic touch; she posts pictures of everyday attire mixed with a bit of her grandmother’s closet. I personally think that in a word so keen on the future should look to the past a bit to see the finer points in fashion. This is why coming across Sabina is such a treat!

     

     

    Story Leather: I have to ask, what inspired you to look through the old fashion lady attire?

    Sabina: My grandma Azemina was a product of old European aristocracy, and a lady in full sense of that word. I spent most of my early childhood with her, listening to stories of life before WWII and glamour of old money that her family lost when the Communists came. She never left the house without her lipstick on, and wore only furs in winter. To an impressionable young girl with wild imagination she might as well have been a movie star stepping right out of those old Hollywood films I was already devouring at that point.

    It wasn’t until many years later, however, that I realized that those years with her had a profound influence on me, most deeply in my fashion sense. I love coming up with outfits that grandma Azemina would approve of, and try my best to never leave my house without my lipstick on, even when rushing to a film set at 4 o’clock in the morning.

     

    Story Leather: How did you come up with your fashion philosophy?

    Sabina: I have to credit my mom on this one. She always had a very unique style and taught me not to be afraid to try things even if no one else is doing it. It took me years to get as confident as she is, though. But at one point I started thinking “what would mom wear” and dared to push my fashion to the realm of my own.

    I’ve been told many times “only you can pull that off” to which I always reply “I am nothing special. Anyone can pull anything off. You just have to dare to do it.” Besides most of the time I am not really doing anything that unusual. I’m just putting things together in a perhaps a more unique or unseen-before way. Anyone can do that!

     

     

    Story Leather:  If you had to pick two outfits, new and old, and represent you the best what would you pick and why? I know two is tough.

    Sabina: Oh man. That’s really a tough one. But if I think about it, I’d say these two fit the bill very well:

    The first one is a beautiful vintage gown I wore to a friend’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival a few years back. It’s glamorous and ladylike in that old Hollywood sense that I deeply appreciate, and channel whenever I can.

    For a whole decade before settling into my grandmaesque style I was very much into punk and still love finding ways to add that dash of rebellion to my style. The second dress is a good example of this, allowing me to pair up a dainty dirty pink color and simple pumps with a leather wristband and a cool oval purse that looks like it just might hold a Tommy gun. After all, as much as I love the 1920s for their fashion, music and a general sense of etiquette, had I been alive then, I would have probably been a suffragette.

     

    Story Leather: On your blog I saw a wonderful outfit that’s in your profile picture, the sailor outfit with white parasol, could you tell us about that one?

    Sabina: Oh thank you for the compliment! It’s one of my favorites! J

    Whenever I visit my parents in Florida, my mom and I hit all the local thrift stores. I love shopping in thrift stores. You always find only 1 of everything so you’re guaranteed to walk away with something unique, like this fabulous sailor dress.

    I wore it many times since then, in various combinations, but this particular photo was snapped at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island. This annual summer shindig has been going on for many years and used to be quite underground. The whole 1920s scene was. I stumbled into it on my search for ladylike things to do some 4 years ago and have been in love with it ever since.

    The idea is that for two weekends in the summer a lawn on Governor’s Island in NYC is sectioned off and turned into something straight out of The Great Gatsby. There is a big band that plays tunes from that time, dance lessons, period cocktails, and dozens of people all dressed in the period attire mingling, dancing and picnicking together. It’s really lovely!

    I always create my outfits for these events from what I already have, turning modern dresses into period outfits with accessories and hair/make-up. I find this to be more authentic in a way and it fits with my fashion philosophy of creating something unique vs buying straight off of a manikin.

    For this occasion I paired it with a white parasol I bought 10 years ago in Chinatown for those painfully hot and sunny NYC summer days. I added a pair of white knitted gloves I got on a whim once because I thought they were pretty (I buy a lot of things with this idea – if you love it, and can afford it, get it - you’ll find a way to wear it, at some point, guaranteed!), put a hair in a bun, donned some pearls and finished it off with my standard white flat shoes for the comfort of walking around on the grass all day.

     

     

    Story Leather: What helpful tips could you give to someone trying to find that right mix of style, comfort, and budget?

    Sabina: I say start with what you have. Look through your closet and dare yourself to combine things in a completely new way. You’ll be surprised how many gems are already there, waiting for you to notice them. Just because you wore that white shirt (for example) so many times you can’t imagine it fitting with anything but the pants/skirt/jeans you always put it with, does not mean that it’s old and boring. Put it with something else, something you’d never think goes with it, and see if it makes you smile.

    Also, take the time to get to know your body and your comfort level and be honest with yourself. In my experience if you don’t feel comfortable wearing something, no matter how cool/beautiful/sexy/trendy that something is, you yourself won’t be. I’ve seen plenty of people look stunning in jeans and sneakers and miserable in skin-tight dresses even if the jeans were old and the dress was the hottest new trend. Know yourself and trust your gut.

     

     

    Story Leather: Lastly I read that you’re a filmmaker, does your love of fashion influence the types of films you make or vice versa?

    Sabina: That is a very interesting question and one I never really thought about before. I’d say that my love of pushing boundaries and thinking outside the box definitely spans across both mediums, but I have to admit the characters in my films are much less adventurous in their clothing choices than I. J That said, I do believe the clothes we wear can tell a lot about what we’re going through internally, and try to convey that in the films I create. As my costume designers will attest, I am definitely one of those directors who will take the time to work out the entire character arc through their costume choices. Nothing is accidental. Even if all she wears is gray or black, you can believe I thought long and hard why she’s in that particular shade of gray at that point and how that informs us of her journey. Maybe no one else will get it, but I firmly believe that greatness is in details, and I aim for greatness, always, be it in the films I make or in the outfits I wear.

     

     

    Story Leather: Are there any last tips or words or worldly wisdom you’d like to add?

    Sabina: Oh, that’s an invitation to open up a Pandora’s box! J Just kidding. Honestly, I think we all tend to overcomplicate everything, fashion included. So I say don’t take it, or yourself too seriously. Laugh as much as you can, learn to recognize what’s important and what really truly isn’t, and do your best to eliminate hate from your life. It serves no one, least of all you.

     

    I wanted to thank Sabina to finding time in her busy schedule to give us a glimpse at her style and for showing us that items from any era are and will always be in style! Don't forget to check out her fashion blog at: fashionablefilmmaker.com for all her style tips and if you want some extra help you can contact her there.

    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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    This post was posted in Fashion, Showcase, How To:, Style Stories, Style Watch, Personal Style, The Weekly Story

  • Story Leather Testimonial: Jeff

    Posted on August 18, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello hello, we hope everyone is enjoying the the last few weeks of summer as August quickly comes to an end.
    Although summer is ending there's no reason to be sad, a lot of holidays are coming up so there's even more time for fun vacations and trips!

    For this week's testimonial we have Jeff kindly wrote back to us about his case he just received:

    Just wanted to let you know I received my new case today.
    It's a work of art if I do say myself. Absolute perfection in every way.
    Thanks very much.

    Regards,

    Jeff

     

    Here are some pictures of his case!

     

     

     

    We hope you liked Jeff's design. 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: Custom Leather Modifications

    Posted on August 16, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    It's been a while since I've done an FAQ on popular modifications to out case designs, but with the recent set of questions that have been asked I think it would be a good time!

     

     

    To start, our two most modified case styles are the Cartera/Aspen series wallet cases and our holster/pouch cases (not just one type of holster/pouch case, all of them). The wallet cases are popular because they provide great functionality when it comes to combining your phone and wallet and the holster cases are popular because they can fit a phone with a protective case, but some of the recent modifications are ones that create even more functionality!

    The most request modification for this phone is the addition of a belt clip. This may seem little odd since a wallet case is usually kept in your pocket/purse, but most people actually use it as a pocket clip to ensure easy access and a secure hold in a pocket or purse.

    The second modification isn't popular as it is functional, its the complete reversal of the interior. It was brought to our attention from a customer that our cases were actually made for a right handed person and that a left handed handed person would have a slightly difficult time using the wallet cases in their current design. They've suggested that we reverse the interior, phone on the left and card slots on the right, so that it would be easier to access the phone. Since this was just a recent request we don't have any to show off currently, but we will post it when we do!

    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: Smartphones of September

    Posted on August 15, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    September is quickly approaching and it seems that Apple and Samsung will be in head to head race to see who will dominate the market.

    In Apple's corner we have the iPhone 6 with the 4.7 inch screen and not long after we expect to see the 5.5 inch screen as well. Samsung on the other hand has the long awaited Galaxy Note 4 sporting a 5.7 inch screen with a rumored smaller bezel as well. Early rumors suggested that there might not be a bezel at all, but we will see. Speaking of early leaks, it seems that a certain Indonesian webpage accidentally leaked the Note 4 specs, but to get all the details visit Cnet.

    For the iPhone 6, gsmarena.com has a list of the unofficial iPhone 6 specs. If you want to take a look then here is the Link.

    Again every is still "hush", but it seems as though both companies are gearing up for spectacular release this September!

    We'll be sure to let you when we released our designs for both phones and once the two releases we should have them ready for our new customization wizard as well so keep a eye out.

    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: New Customization Wizard!

    Posted on August 13, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    For quite some time now a lot of you have ask whether or not we could show you how your case would look like before you got it, and for the longest time we weren't able to because we didn't have the right tools to do so. However, we recently (meaning a long time) have been working on our new customization wizard  so that we can bring you what you asked for, a preview of your phone case design!

    It's not 100% finished, but it's pretty close. So that's why we're coming to you, our amazing designers, to have you test it out to see what you think. We currently have the wizard tool listed for some of our iPhone 4s/5/5s, Samsung Galaxy S5, and HTC One M8 cases, but over the next few weeks we'll be adding them to all of our phone cases, wallets, and bags!

     

     

    If you see that following image then click on it and see what you can design!

    We also wanted to mention that you might see a few new colors in the selection, that's because we've added some new colors as well as bringing some some older ones, but because of that we had to let some go as well. So come take a look and try out the Customization Wizard and if you happen to find something that doesn't work please send an email to cs@storyleather.com and well get it fxed.

    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: Ali Levine

    Posted on August 13, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    For this installment of Style Stories I’d like to welcome Ali Levine,. Ali was born and raised in New York which is known as a fashion capital of the world, which might also be why Ali is so good at what she does. Her career started with big names like Target, Coach, and Talbots but it quickly jumped to bigger named like X-men, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and so much more! This is only a glimpse of Ali’s background and to read the rest of it visit her website at http://www.alilevine.com. Onto our Q and A with Ali!

     

     

     

    Story Leather: I love the quote you have by Diana Vreeland, “Style – all those who have it share one thing: originality”. Leading on with that, what does your style mean to you?

    Ali: Style to me means its everywhere. Whether you follow the trends, or you have your own look about you, to me thats style. It's who you are. Style is a way to express yourself, without saying a word. I feel I do that with every outfit I wear, whether it to be work, or just running around the city.

     

    Story Leather: From New York to LA, has your style changed much?

    Ali: Not too much. Maybe a few more pairs of shorts, less layers and jackets (yay), and more open toe heels, my style basically stayed the same. I'm still in heels all day!

    I think overtime our style reinvents itself more and more, so in that regard I see myself come up with more innovations especially after working with so many amazing designers out here.

     

    Story Leather:  With it being the middle of summer, what fun tips can you give to spruce up a wardrobe?

    Ali: Details are everything. Dial your look up by adding a statement necklace, maybe a boho fringe light weight sweater, colored heels. Wedges if you aren't into heels. Change your lipstick up to a fun brighter pink or coral, these are all fun and easy ways to change up your summer look.

     

     

    Story Leather: You've said, “Confidence is your best Accessory” could you tell us a bit more?

    Ali: Yes, I have been quoted by the NY Times for this quote and it's something I say to my clients daily, I truly believe this. Whether you are in a vVersace gown, or a chic top from H&M, if you love what you're wearing, its going to show. I personally love when I see a women in designer heels and an inexpensive dress and it gets mistaken for a high end look. No matter what the price, you should strut it right! Don't get me wrong, I love my Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino, Brian Atwood and all of my favorite designer labels to wear, but you'll even catch me wearing my Dior heels with a vintage dress.
    I love it! The mix comes off effortless and my style comes off even more unique. Thats what I try to teach and show my clients every day.

     

    Story Leather: Lastly I know that this world is dominated by technology, especially smart phones. Do you consider your phone a tool or a fashion accessory?

    Ali: Ooh, good question. I would have to say both. My phone case is a Chanel bottle in diamonds and stones, so its definitely an accessory and a conversation starter. ;)
    However, I have over 20 fashion apps, that I use for sourcing, trends, my blog and so much more. Now if an extra battery could be part of my look, that would be just fabulous!

     

     

    I wanted to thank Ali again for finding the time to do a Style Story with us! to keep up with Ali be sure to follow/like her on:

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/AliLevineDesign

    Twitter: twitter.com/AliLevineDesign

    Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/alilevinedesign/

    Instagram: instagram.com/alilevinedesign

    Tumblr: alilevinedesign.tumblr.com/

    and don't forget to visit her website as well www.alilevine.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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  • Story Leather Testimonial: Andrea

    Posted on August 11, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Here's a great testimonial from Andrea. Andrea reached out to us because she was trying to find a case for her Black Berry Z30 and there just seemed to be nothing nice on the market or just nothing at all. So she was beyond excited to find out that we could make cases for the Z30, and just about any Blackberry phone.
    I was surprised to get home yesterday to receive the last version we spoke about as I didn't realize it was finalized. I was just thinking yesterday that I wish I had gotten back to you so I could have a case before I go to a conference next month! Well it was a nice surprise to come home to. It looks great. I have sent pictures to many of my BBM groups, some contacts at BlackBerry and I also sent out a tweet today. There really is not anything for the Z30 and it's sales are going up due to winning many awards for best phone.  BB is also very big in Europe and the emerging markets
    -Andrea
    We're glad that we could help out Andrea, especially make a case that she was able to use for her conference.
    Here's a picture of Andrea's Blackberry Z30 sporting her personally designed Cartera phone wallet. One of Andrea's first concerns was shipping and I am happy to say that Story Leather ships internationally. So where ever you might be, if you need a unique case for a phone, device, or other just send us an email and we'll be happy to help, 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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  • Story Leather Smartphone Showcase: Mi (Xaomi)

    Posted on August 9, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    With all the Smartphone companies out there it's hard to keep track of whats what. The household names always seem to be Samsung, Motorola, Black Berry, HTC, and Sony, but have you heard of Xaomi?

     

     

    Xaomi, or now known as Mi is the fastest growing smartphone in China and is on track to releasing their own tablet as well. the reason why we probably have not heard about it here is because they're only available in the Asian markets, they will be expanding to the European Markets later this year. the only question now is what makes the Mi Phone so amazing?

     

     

    The first aspect of any item that stands out will almost always be the price. The Mi 3 phone, their current model, comes in at only $330 (converted) unlocked with the lower end model, the RedMi, comes in at $130. Price isn't everything, but when coupled with the next part it makes it very appetizing.

     

     

    The second notable feature of these phones is the fact that the hardware they run is comparable if not exceeding that of the ones being released from other high end competitors. This brings to mind a Company called 1+ that started a lot of buzz a while back with a smartphone to rival the specs and price or the major phones on the market. I believe distribution has already begun, but only through an invitation.

    Even though I don't have this phone physically, reading through user reviews and tech reviews, Mi has really got a good thing going and it's doesn't seem like to slow down. Who knows, maybe it will breach the US market very soon.

    *Note: Photos and information were a provided by TechCrunch

    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: Can you make a case for this phone?

    Posted on August 6, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Continuing with the frequently asked question we get, this one should have been addressed earlier given that most of our designs are for phones:

    "Can you make a case for this phone?"

    We get this question quite often, makes me wonder why it took me this long to answer it, and the answer is...it really depends on the phone and case. Probably not the answer you were hoping for, but it's true. Certain styles like the Aspen, Side Flip, Book Style, and the back covers are only available for certain phone models as we might not have a phone to model it after. for the more popular phones like the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, or the Iphone 5/5s we can certain make just about any case for them, this would include older models like the 4/4s, S4, HTC One M7, Note 2, and a few others.

     

    There are other phone models that are a bit more obscure like: Moto X, Moto G, BlackBerry Z30 and Z10 which we can make the more unique cases for. Anything past the models listed would have to be answer by our design team.

    As for the pouch/holster cases, we can make those to fit just about any phone or device you want. Just give us the 3 dimensions (Length, Width, and Depth) in mm, cm, or inches and we're good to go. If you not handy with measurements no worries, we have a mini guide that will show you how to measure the phone which I will link HERE. If you're still unsure then you can visit the phone manufacturers site and they will almost always have the dimensions. The same applies to protective covers, most major companies will have the specs listed on their site.

    So if you've got a phone and aren't sure if we can design a case for you then just send an email to cs@storyleather.com or call us at 1(800) 539-1688 and ask us. We'll be happy to help.

    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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