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  • 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.

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    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

  • Story Leather Testimonial: Stacy!

    Posted on April 9, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    April is here and we're looking forward to the Spring! To kick off everything we wanted bring you a fun testimonial from Stacy.

     

    What does personal style mean to you? To me, personal style means classic but contemporary features without being too trendy.
    What are some style “do’s” and “don’ts” you try to follow? Do's:
    Bold, bright colors
    Patterns, but limited to either tops or bottoms
    Contemporary but not too young or trendy
    Professional
    Classic
    Freedom of expression in nail lacquer color
    Coordination of shoes and handbagsDon'ts:
    Dressing age-inappropriately
    Being too provocative or too much make-up or fragrance in the workplace
    Scarves in the middle of summer when it is 90, unless to prevent against sunburn or minimize the effects of air conditioning.
    Are there any recent trends that you loved or hated? I am loving the current spring trends and patterns including pastel and bold, bright colors.I do not appreciate grunge trends.
    How did you come across Story Leather and what was your first purchase? I came across Story Leather while performing a Google search.My first purchase was the iPhone 6 Plus Aspen phone case in pink crocodile leather with a pink suede interior.

     

    Stacy also included a photo of herself with her case, which I think she likes very much!

     

     

     

    We hope that you enjoy your case as much as Stacy. If you want to know more about our cases be sure to send us an online chat or contact us!

    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: Personalized Handbags

    Posted on April 8, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Kids love to finger-paint. Especially on the things you don’t want them to – the walls, their shoes, and yes, even purses.

     

    But last year when Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to show off her 34th birthday gift from her husband Kanye West, suddenly child’s play became a sensation – the gift was a Hermes bag painted by their one-year-old daughter, North. Given that Hermes bags range anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000, that's a pretty expensive canvass!

     

     

    Adults love to paint, too. So why not give it a try on one of your favorite, but perhaps a bit frayed bag and give it an all-new look? It’s a great form of self-expression, and a fun project for a creative day. (Once you’re an expert, you can begin on brand new bags!)

     

    Here’s how to do it:

     

    1) Select a purse. Preferably one that’s made of leather, and has large, smooth surfaces. (The same goes for wallets, if you want to start small.)

    2) Come up with a design. Make sure it’s going to fit on the purse.

    3) Secure the right supplies for the job. Basic acrylic is the choice for most, because it’s easy to use, and comes off of “mistake” spots without a trace. It’s a good way to begin, but if you really want to get serious, use oils or Angelus Acrylic Leather Paints (and top it with Angelus Acrylic Finisher). Then you’ll need some paint brushes (sized to your liking and needs), cotton balls, Q-tips, nail polish remover, sharpie pens, carbon paper and tracing paper. Also, a piece of stiff cardboard to fit inside the purse so you will have a firm surface to paint on.

    4) Prepare. Remove the finish on the purse in the area that you want to paint, using your nail polish remover (acetate).  This will help the paint absorb and the design you do will last a lot longer. Remove with cotton ball. Use the cotton swabs if you only want to clear the finish in intricate areas. Make sure the purse dries completely before you start to paint.

    5) Either transfer your design using the tracing paper and carbon, or – easier, if you have the artistic talent – draw the outline freehand on the purse. (Don’t forget to insert the stiff cardboard to keep your surface flat and steady.) Flowers are the easiest to draw, or geometric designs (ala Mondrian, or Pucci). But sky’s the limit – animals, people, places.

    6) Paint! (And don’t forget the strap, if it’s wide enough.) Start slowly, then add more paint as the first coat dries, building on the layer you have sufficient coverage. If you’ve used acryllrics, then it will take about 24 hours to dry. Oils take longer.

     

    Enjoy!

     

     

    Our Yardley Tote would be great for this, because you could leave the woven leather as it is, and paint only on the smooth accents and straps. Small flowers and filigrees would look absolutely lovely.

    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, Style Watch

  • Story Leather: No Wallet Needed!?

    Posted on April 6, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Just think of all the things you keep in your wallet. Credit cards, coins, photos, thumb drives, Band-Aids, and who know what else. But mainly it’s for your folding money, right? Well, what if you didn’t use classic currency, but instead had to roll gigantic limestone discs around?

    Yep, that’s what they do on Yap. No wallet required, because on this tiny island out in the Pacific Ocean, there’s no such thing as denominated money. Just gigantic rocks.

    There are no precious metals (like gold, or silver) on Yap, so hundreds of years ago, the Yapese discovered limestone deposits on another island hundreds of miles away, carved them into huge discs, and brought them home across the sea on their small bamboo boats. Seems there could have been an easier way, but then again, these stones carry great value to the people. They came to be called “Rai.” Large, doughnut-shaped, calcite, up to 12 feet in diameter, and weighing in at nearly 2,000 lbs. (roughly the same as a 1967 VW Bug) these rocks are used in trade for big things, like a year’s worth of food, or a daughter’s dowry.

    That’s how it all began, but nowadays, the denominations have become varied: The smallest can be as little as 1-1/2 inches in diameter (still no wallets to carry them in, though). There are five major types of monies: Mmbul, Gaw, Yar, Reng, and the aforementioned Rai. Their value is based on the stone’s size and its history.

    Lucky for us, we don’t have to roll gargantuan rocks around every time we want to buy a pack of gum. We’ve got lovely leather wallets to hold our valuables. Check out all the great finds on our main site, and see how you can have one customized to your all your carry-needs (well, almost all; we have nothing boulder-sized… yet!).

     

     

    (Photo is Courtesy of Pepe Giménez)

    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, Personal Style

  • Style Stories with Country Singer Josey Milner!

    Posted on April 4, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    We've always had super amazing guests for our Style Stories: Bloggers, Stylists, and even a Fashion Psychologist, but this is the first time we've had the pleasure of getting to know a singer. So a little bit on Josey as we think she's awesome for a #feelgoodfriday style story:

    Josey started her career at 17, professionally, but she's been singing her heart out for much longer. So you could safely say that her heart is truly in her song. Her debut single "Not Pretty Enough" took the charts by storm which earned her a 2013 Independent Country Music Award nomination for Promising Young Artist, a Top 10 Hottest New Artist designation, and a Number One single on the world’s first independent country music chart. She didn't stop there as "Cowgirls" his #1 in New Music Weekly and earned a spot on Music Row in the top 75 list!

    There's so much more about Josey that we can't possibly write down. If you want to know more then visit her website at www.joseymilnermusic.com, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for all her updates and travels.

     

     

    Story Leather: As a performer, what you wear can really define who you are. How does your clothing define you and do you use it to create a message to your audience?

    Josey: My clothing honestly represents who I am. I am never consistent with how I look. I don’t have just one specific style that I tend to wear. If I like it, then I wear it. I don’t need name brands or really expensive clothes, just what I like at that moment. I typically get several uses out of one article of clothing, especially within the past couple of years. I’ve been getting really creative with how I pair different things. I try to always look nice. When I do this, I find that I have more self esteem or feel better about the day. I try to create a positive message with my clothing. I wear clothing that shows I am a ladylike teenager, but can still show a little bit of skin or more of a rebel side without over doing it.

    Story Leather: Do you have role models that you draw your fashion and musical inspiration from?

    Josey: Not necessarily. Like I said, if I like it, then I wear it. I don’t really care what other people think about my outfits. If I feel comfortable in it and like how it looks, than that is all that matters. I don’t look at magazines and wish to look like them girls because that is so unrealistic. I know what I like and what I think is “cute”. I’m me and that’s all I ever want to be. As far as music inspiration, I just kind of draw it from real life experiences. If I think people can relate to it, then I think it is a great song. Country music is all about telling stories and relating to people. That’s why I love it so much.

     

     

    Story Leather: We know performers often have a ritual or a lucky item they carry with them, do you have something like that?

    Josey: I don’t necessarily have a ritual, but I have noticed that right before I get on stage, I get really antsy and tend to dance around a lot. I used to carry a little horseshoe pendant with me in my pocket, but forgot it one time, and the show was still great.

    Story Leather: Cellphones, is there anything you do to make yours stand out and do you have ways to match it to your look?

    Josey: I don’t know if I necessarily make it stand out, but I have a lot of family photos on my phone. My lock screen saver is of Cinderella and Prince Charming and the home screen saver is of my dog, Opry, and me. My case actually has Cinderella and Prince Charming on it as well. I love Cinderella and Disney in general, so I tend to incorporate it a lot in my everyday things. It’s kind of an addiction I guess you could say . . .

    Story Leather: Lastly we wanted to ask about this Facebook game you were featured in, could you tell us about it?

    Josey: This game is a game where you can go on and pretty much create your own little world. They chose me to be like a little avatar on the game by recreating some of my favorite outfits I’ve worn and my signature blue guitar. On this game, you can go and talk to people and pretty much create a world that is not necessarily real, but can create real friendships. It is aimed to actually make a better world by sharing kindness and being there for others.

     

     

     

    (Photos are Courtesy of Josey Milner and MTS Managament Group)

    We wanted to thank Josey for taking some time out of her busy schedule to chat and tell us a bit about her style. We also wanted mention that she has a few shows coming up in May, so be sure to see if you can make 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.

    Find Jonathan on


    This post was posted in Fashion, Showcase, Promotion, Style Stories, Style Watch, Personal Style, The Weekly Story

  • Story Leather Testimonial: Ron

    Posted on April 2, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    We're in April and Easter is just around the bend. How quickly 2015 is moving huh? This month is the month of many things aside from Easter. There's the Samsung releases and then there's the anticipation of the Apple Watch and how well that will do. However, there's always one constant that is always great to have around, our customer testimonials. To kick April off we have Ron:

    I am extremely pleased with my Story Leather case! The fit, finish, and overall quality craftsmanship is superb; far better than I even imagined!

    Many thanks and kind regards for the product and your follow up.
    Ron

    Ron's case is a very sleek looking Boxxee with his name engraved on 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.

    Find Jonathan on


    This post was posted in Fashion, Testimonial

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