Fashion

  • 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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  • Story Leather's: Five Things A Man Should Never Carry in His Wallet

    Posted on May 4, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    There are lots of things you should carry in your wallet, guys. But you just might have some stuff stashed in there that are no-no’s – and a couple of them are surprising. For instance: why not carry receipts? Read on, and find out why it’s not a good idea.

     

    1. Receipts

    I know a lot of people who, after checking out at the store, just blithely shove their wrinkled receipts into their wallets and never give it a second thought. Not only do the receipts accumulate and take up space, but should your wallet get stolen the thief could put your credit card or account information together and figure out how to access your accounts. Also, if you need them for work reimbursement, taxes, warranties, or returns, carrying them around is a good way for them to get lost in the shuffle.

     

    2. Social Security card

    Seems like a no-brainer, but some people just don’t know where else to keep this handy-dandy little card. But your Social Security number is the gateway to identity theft. If your wallet is lost or stolen with that sensitive info inside, anyone can get credit cards, apply for loans in your name, and get a copy of your birth certificate. It’s better to keep the card at home, or better yet a safe deposit box.

     

    3. Passwords

    Even if you have your passwords in some special code, savvy stealers can still figure out how to get into your personal business. Why take a chance? Instead, use trusted software or an app that keeps your passwords safe and secure.

     

    4. Extra credit cards

    Most people have two or three – or five – credit cards. A lot of people like to have them on hand so they can work the “points” systems. That’s understandable. But try to keep it down to one card in the wallet for your everyday use. Not only is temptation to charge, charge, and charge again removed – but if your wallet is lifted, there’s only one card to cancel.

     

    5. Gift cards

    If you’re going to use it today or tomorrow, carry it. But if you’re not, leave it at home because that’s the first thing a light-fingered Larry will use and it’s almost impossible to prove a gift card has been redeemed by someone other than yourself.

     

     

    Take pics or keep copies of what’s in your wallet. Should it become lost or get stolen, you’ll know exactly what’s gone and who to call to replace all the cards, etc.

     

     

    Pictured: Our “Camino” Wallet.

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

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

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


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  • A Story Leather How to: Get Ink Stains off of Leather

    Posted on April 29, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    There’s nothing like getting a brand new beautiful purse, wearing it with your favorite outfit, and showing it off to your friends. But get one little ink or makeup stain on it, and you might as well have a giant flashing neon arrow pointing to it. It’s probably not as obvious-looking as you think, but still: you want that stain off, and fast!

     

    Here are a few proven methods to restore your beautiful bag to its original, pristine condition.

     

    Assuming the leather is not unfinished and it’s not suede, the first thing you should do is read the care instructions. Oftentimes new purses, wallets, and leather phone cases come with a list of what you can and can’t treat the item with.

     

    Spot-test the leather with an ink stick designed for use with leather (Guardsman brand works well, and there are several others on the market). You can also try saddle soap, or a touch of simple, everyday supermarket Spray & Wash.

     

    Do not scrub leather, as it will remove the finish. Also, don’t use hairspray, nail polish remover, toothpaste, "magic erasers" or silicone spray, as these will only make the problem worse by stripping the finish.

     

     

    When it comes to makeup smudges, such as lipstick (and who doesn’t want to kiss their gorgeous new Story Leather tote?), here’s a quick hack:

     

    • Dip a soft cotton cloth into warm water well-mixed with a mild liquid soap detergent.

     

    • Gently wipe the stained area.

     

    • Then use a gentle, natural absorbent like cornmeal over that area.

     

    • Let it sit for a bit, then clean off again with mild soap and water.

     

    • Dry with a hair dryer to avoid the dreaded “wicking” stain.

     

    Of course the best way to treat a stain is to avoid getting any in the first place! Accidents happen, but you can be prepared by spraying your new purse, wallet or phone case with some Scotch Guard or a similar product.

    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


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  • Prettiest Purses at the Daytime Emmys 2015

    Posted on April 28, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    The 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards, hosted by Tyra Banks, were handed out in Los Angeles at Warner Bros. Studios on Sunday, April 26, 2015.

     

    Among the winners were Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless (which took home the night’s top honor in a rare tie), General Hospital, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. There was a tribute to Joan Rivers, and a Lifetime Achievement Award went to Betty White.

     

    As is always the case in Hollywood at these events, fashion was very much in evidence. I combed through every photo I could get my eyes on (these are courtesy of Getty Images), and I was unable to find one lady who was NOT holding a tiny clutch! Some had straps, but not many. Seems very precarious to me, but hey – I just report the news.

     

    Here are five of the looks I liked the most:

     

     

    Julianna Ransic made a bold choice with a slash-y orange gown and a not-so-splashy plain purse.

     

     

    True O’Brien’s shoes matched her clutch, but not here dress – that’s very old-style Hollywood.

     

     

    Jennia Fredrique did the same thing: she had an animal print bag and shoes, but opted for a sparkly silver dress. Tres chic!

     

     

    Jade Harlow was clad in precious metallic tones – her silver gown, gold bag and onyx wrap were the perfect compliments to one another.

     

     

    Angelica McDaniel wore a navy blue gown with platinum accents at the neckline – and she held the perfect platinum bag to go with it.

     

    (Photos are a Courtesy of Getty Images)

    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 line of purses and wallets to see if you can find the right match for yourself!

    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


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  • Tote to Your Curves – A Guide for Women on How to Fit a Purse to your Body Type

    Posted on April 27, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    We all know about fitting dresses, blouses, jeans and slacks to our body types, but are you aware it’s just as important that your purse flatters your figure?

     

    We often see stick-thin celebs sporting suitcase-sized totes than are large enough for them to crawl inside… but bigger isn’t always better. Proportion is key, and here’s how you can tell what’s best for you:

     

    Short/Petite

    You’ll look taller and slimmer, if you carry a long rectangular bag

    A long strap that’s adjusted so the body of the purse falls past your waist/hip, will add length to you

    Best: Maxfield Woven Tote Bag

     

    Medium/Curvy

    Short handbags make busts look bigger, so use a long strap to divert attention

    Avoid tiny clutches, because they make your curves look bigger than they really are

    Best: Barren Woven Messenger Bag

     

    Tall/Slim

    Unlike the other body types, you can carry a round, poofy bag without appearing round a poofy yourself

    A hobo-style or shoulder bag that falls at, or just above your waist adds the illusion of curves.

    Best: Otto Woven Hobo Bag

     

    We have a variety of fully customizable bags, totes, and evening purses made to order.

     

     

     

    Silhouette courtesy of PD4pic

     

    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


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  • Story Leather: Accessorizing to Hair Color with Jill Kirsh

    Posted on April 26, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Named the “Best Color Consultant” by Los Angeles Magazine’s Best of LA Issue, Jill Kirsh (JillKirshColor.com) has been featured in InStyle Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and Woman's World Magazine to name a few – so needless to say, we were thrilled when we were able to snag an exclusive interview with this colorful character and queen of shades.

     

    One of our points of pride in our custom design work is our huge array of color choices, but how to choose the one that’s right for you? According to Jill, “Everyone can wear most every color; it just depends on its hue. The wrong shade can result in a friend saying ‘you need a vacation’ while the right shade can brighten your appearance so drastically that it looks like you just came back from one! ”

     

    Q: We’ve heard a lot about what clothing women should wear according to their hair color, but how do purses factor into that?

     

    A: Purses are part of creating the whole picture so you want to choose colors that compliment you hair, especially when we’re talking about shoulder bags where that strap is right next to your face. You can create some unusual and fabulous combinations that all complement each other and that make you shine! It’s actually a lot of fun when all the shades you’re wearing are in sync and the system I’ve created uses your present hair color as the jumping off point.

     

    Q: What’s the best neutral color for a purse that would look good with just about anyone?

     

    A: Each hair color has their neutrals. The best neutrals for warm blondes are camel, pecan and tan. Deep brunettes shine in black, graphite or navy. Cordovan, taupe and medium gray are perfect for those with ash blonde or gray hair. Golden browns and redheads rock cinnamon, rust and mahogany.

     

    Q: For those who really want to turn heads, can you talk a little about which primary, non-neutral colors look best for redheads, blondes, and brunets?

     

    A: If you want to leave the neutral comfort zone and have some fun, here are some tips:

     

    Golden browns and redheads: teal, aubergine, forest green

    Deep brunettes: cobalt, fuchsia, royal purple

    Warm blondes: turquoise, salmon, lilac

    Ash blondes, platinums and grays: rose red, mint green, lavender

     

    Q: Does a woman’s skin color matter, or is it more about the hair color when it comes to matching?

     

    A: It’s really more about the hair color. Your hair is what frames your face, it frames the picture, the eyes, the smile and to pull everything together - you’ve gotta work it!

     

     

    Photo: Courtesy of Jill Kirsh

     

    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


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  • 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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  • Story Leather Testimonial: Denis

    Posted on April 24, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

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

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

    Again thank you for including key ring.

    Best regards.

    Denis

     

     

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

     

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

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

    Find Jonathan on


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  • 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


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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


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