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  • Newly Released Watson Slim Profile Card Holder - Available for Immediate Shipment

    Posted on July 16, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    Slim is in! Everyone is looking to slim down the wallet by carrying less.  We here at Story Leather have just released the Watson, available in woven pattern in 4 colors - Black, Gold, Red, and Blue.

    Want something more customizable or not woven? Try to custom build one here: http://www.storyleather.com/custom-made-to-order-watson-leather-card-wallet.html


    This post was posted in Showcase, Promotion, News and was tagged with slim wallet, watson, card holder

  • Customizing now for HTC ONE M9+ and E9+

    Posted on July 14, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    We are excited to announce that we are now accepting customization for HTC's 2 giant phones - the HTC ONE M9 PLUS and the ONE E9 PLUS.

    The HTC One E9+ with its 5.5 inch display has a unique dual sim card feature and adapts the iconic look of the award-winning HTC One series with new metallic accents and a chamfered edge. Its refined mirrored polish creates an unrivaled look that is one of a kind. House this beauty with a Story Leather case to truly make it one of a kind. Customize Now.

    The HTC One M9+ with its eye-popping 5.2” ultra HD 2K display inherits all the premium qualities of its little brother - All-metal body features polished edges that are ergonomically tapered to effortlessly fit your grip. Its unibody back is curved to achieve the streamlined look and feel of the iconic HTC One series smartphones. Accessorize this with a Story Leather holster today. Customize Now.


    This post was posted in Promotion, News

  • Story Leather Review: OtterBox Defender iPhone 5/5s

    Posted on May 5, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    When it comes to phone protection only a few names ring a bell. One of those rings is OtterBox, one of the leading names in phone protection. Although the iPhone 6 is out, most carriers have a deal for a free or reduced priced iPhone 5/5s, so if you’re still looking for a protective case then this one is a great one.


    The first thing you get right out of the box is the the Defender and the Belt attachment that comes with it. It’s great because you can clip it front or back, so no need to worry about that. The second piece, actually comes in 3 pieces, is the case itself. The front and back shell come separated and is then snapped together around the phone. The last piece is the impact gel that fits all around the hardshell. With their powers combined they create a wonderful Otterbox Defender.


    At a glimpse the Defender is extremely well put together. All the corners are covered as well as the the screen. Although not waterproof, there are covers to protect the phone from dust entering and the case allows for full use of all the phones functions like the buttons and camera ports.


    Some added extras we’re looking is the clip that came included with the case. It’s a very simple phone with an alligator clip/spring clip. However, the only point of concern would be the clip. For how the case is built, the clip doesn’t seem all too sturdy. Due to the large case I would think that a hip attachment is needed so it’s good that Otterbox sells the clips separately to replace it. Overall I think it’s a great case if you have an active life or if you have little kids around, either way it’s a good way to protect that case against an unwanted drop or something else.

     


    Pro: Sturdy build, solid materials, and great protection.


    Cons: Flimsy belt clip


    Overall rating: 9/10

    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

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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 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 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.

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    This post was posted in Fashion, Testimonial

  • 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

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