• An Assessment on this Year’s Global Internet Freedom

    Posted on November 18, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    Internet in this modern age has become of a person’s basic needs - it has joined the ranks with food, water, shelter and a good home. The Internet is an environment where people of all demographics, background, ages can freely express themselves. Through the Internet, people can be connected with loved ones, share ideas that can bring about change in the world, and many more. Many talents are discovered, trends in different sectors in society are developed, governments are overthrown and major movements emerged from a single post - that is what the Internet can do in our lives.

    With this comes the issue of Internet freedom. We may not be aware of this, but there are countries in the world still restrict Internet among the people for a number of reasons. Awareness of this issue may have sparked a lot of netizens when the 2011 revolution in Egypt overthrown the previous government or when the Congress will vote to pass PIPA and SOPA which would allow Internet censorship in the US, but many are still unaware that in some parts of the world, Internet is still being restricted, especially in authoritarian governments.

    In China, rules in Internet surveillance and privacy are ever-changing, and one wrong post can be devastating - from deletion of account to even detention and arrest. When it comes to Internet censorship, China is one of the most restricted countries.

    According to Freedom House, one of the leading research and advocacy organizations in Internet freedom, the world experienced another decline in Internet freedom for a fifth consecutive year as more governments censored information of public interest while also expanding surveillance and cracking down on privacy tools. This is most likely because of the recent revolutions that happened when information are leaked through the Internet, and people began to rebel against them.

    They also provided a useful infographic on Internet freedom across the world. We can look at the parts of the world where the Internet is free, partly free and restricted.

    Freedom House lists some of the reasons of this decline this year - increased content removals, arrests and intimidations escalated, surveillance laws and technologies multiplied, and governments undermined encryption and anonymity. In the 65 countries, 42 required Internet users to delete online content that contains any political, religious and social issues, 40 imprisoned people for sharing information about these issues, and 14 passed new laws which tighten online security and surveillance. Some of the governments considered encryption as a tool for terrorism, which is why many tools that protect privacy are banned. These reasons happen both in democratic and authoritarian alike.

    The thing is, we can do something in our little power to turn this thing around. It starts with awareness and educating others with this issue. Let’s hope that one day, everyone in the world will experience the beauty and usefulness of the Internet, because everyone has a right to know and be connected.

    Photo credits: Photopin, Freedom House

    This post was posted in Fashion and was tagged with internet, Freedom, Privacy, Censorship

  • Apple Announces New Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus & All New iPad Pro

    Posted on September 10, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    Apple announced the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus yesterday. It is what is known as an incremental updated version of its flagship smartphone with the same form factor albeit slightly larger depth to fix what was known as the "bendgate" from last year. Major highlights of the new phone are:

    1. 3D Touch - the iPhone is not pressure sensitive! Pressing down harder on the screen now will offer new features and functions.

    2. New Rose Gold Color - a new color for the ladies!

    3. More Powerful Internals - A9 processor, 12-megapixel rear camera capable of recording 4K videos, 5-megapixel front camera for selfie fans!

    Everything else stays relatively the same, as the saying goes, why mess with something that is already perfect? The new iPhones are open for pre-ordering on September 12th, and official release happens on September 25th.

    We here at Story Leather are working hard and ready to take your custom holster cases for the new iPhone. For fitted and hard shell cases, we will have to wait until the 25th when the phone officially releases to ensure proper fitting. Custom build your holster here:

    This post was posted in Fashion, Promotion, News

  • Labor Day Weekend Special - 30% OFF In Stock Items

    Posted on September 3, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    Happy Labor Day Weekend!!

    Save 30% on all in-stock wallets, phone cases, and small leather goods. This code only applies to in-stock, ready-to-ship items. For custom made to order goods, use promo code POST10 to save 10%!

    iPhone 6 Cases | iPhone 6 Plus Cases | Small Wallets | Long Wallets | Small Leather Goods

    OFFER EXPIRES 09/08/2015

    This post was posted in Fashion, Promotion and was tagged with promotion, in-stock, Labor Day, sale, 30% off

  • Story Leather Testimonial – The Best Leather Clip Holster for a Great Smartphone

    Posted on September 1, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    When BlackBerry launched their Passport smartphone last year, we, here at Story Leather, knew there would be a dedicated fan base looking for a high quality leather case to protect the device.  Sure enough, we were able to build a dedicated following, and we like to share what one of our BlackBerry fan has to say:

    "Outstanding quality, perfect fit, elegant and maximum protection for the BlackBerry Passport. In the market there is nothing of a similar quality. I highly recommend it. I am very happy with the product, it is ideal for this smartphone, very stylish, comfortable and safe."

    Jorge from Fort Lauderdale, Florida


    This post was posted in Fashion, Testimonial and was tagged with BlackBerry, case, leather holster, belt clip, Passport

  • 8 Factoids That You May Not Know About Snapchat

    Posted on June 2, 2015 by Andrew Franco

    1. 1. I know, it feels like it’s been here since we have, or maybe that’s just me projecting. Still, Snapchat has exceedingly made its way to the top height of social media. But it was first launched in July 2011. Its safe to say that it’s had a quick rise and is only gaining more popularity with its users.

    1. 2. I don’t know which name I like better, but did you know that Snapchat was formerly known as Picaboo?

    1. 3. Yes, there are many adults that have found their way to the app, with help from their sons and/ or daughters or curiosity. However, they make up only a minority of the users, while  71% of Snapchat users are under the age of 25.

    1. 4. Rather it has any relevance to you or not, it’s something to pontificate that, of the users of Snapchat, roughly 70% are women.

    1. 5. Personally, I go days without posting to my snapchat story or sending any direct snaps to anyone, but, like voting, my number does not matter. There are 400 million snapchats sent per day.

    1. 6. 100 million monthly active users? That’s one seventh of the fraction of the amount of people in this world-- all users of one app. Wow.

    1. 7. Of the millennial internet users, about 30% access Snapchat regularly, the word regularly probably being a vague understatement.

      1. 8. In comparison with the other truths and approximations, this number reads low. Out of all the United States’ social media users, only 18% use Snapchat.

    This post was posted in Fashion, Technology, News

  • Release of the Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 Edge

    Posted on June 1, 2015 by Andrew Franco

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    In tandem with the promotion of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel has partnered with Samsung to create a limited edition, Iron Man- themed Galaxy S6 Edge. The limited edition phone was first teased a few weeks ago, with Samsung unveiling only the box which held the iconic Iron Man mask on its front in its recognizable red and gold.

    Image courtesy of Samsung
    Now, weeks later, Samsung has decided to release the phone. It is currently only available in South Korea and by June will have made its way to China and Hong Kong. This Iron Man-styled phone targets a specific demographic, but its sleek appeal of Samsung’s notable Galaxy S6 is sure to make it popular among even to consumers outside the demographic.

    Could there be more limited edition Marvel-Samsung phone collaborations in the future? If this phone takes to the public as its creators predict, there is no telling what characters will come next. But while this one lasts, the popularity of the Galaxy S6 Edge phone is sure to increase along with its value. Story Leather, fortunately, offers a variety of genuine leather cases available for purchase on our site:

    Each leather case is custom made for the Galaxy S6 Edge model, in a plethora of colors to best suit your expression and many styles to most comfortably fit your needs.

    At Story Leather, we hold strong and true that each of us has a story to tell. We each have within us a book; however, for some it is never opened. We want to know who you are and be one of the reasons yours is told. A customized case, albeit simple, is at least one way. and perhaps the beginning, of you opening your book.

    This post was posted in Fashion, News

  • What’s in your Wallet?

    Posted on May 28, 2015 by Staci Wilson

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    What’s in your wallet? is the question that anyone who’s seen the famous credit card commercials and ads knows well. But what is the actual answer? We looked around online, and here are some interesting answers we found.

    The number one things men carry in their wallets, despite the plastic propaganda, is good old, cold hard cash. That’s right: guys like the green. Most men have at least $30 on them at all times.

    The second-most popular item is a photo I.D. Usually it’s a driver’s license, but those who don’t get behind the wheel still carry school, State or work identification.

    Third – finally! – is a credit card, followed closely by a bank debit card.

    Lastly, fellas favor that little lump of leather to keep safe business cards, grocery and drug store discount cards, loose change, and the occasional stick of gum. Check out our short/compact wallets here.

    This post was posted in Fashion

  • 7 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Purses

    Posted on May 18, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Unless you’re handbag historian – or perhaps a purse pro – you may not know these funny factoids and stunning statistics. If there’s anything we love here at Story Leather, it’s a story… and a leather tote, so it’s our pleasure to combine the two for your amusement and edification.

    7. The term “handbag” was popularized with the advent of the railroad and the sudden ease of travel for women. Leather-smiths and purse-makers were motivated to create easier to carry hand-held bags and et voila! the handbag was born.

    6. The Bible identifies bad guy Judas Iscariot as a “purse carrier.”

    5. There are only a couple of movies about purses out there, and oddly enough they came out one after the other. First there was The Purse in 2011, followed by The Lost Purse in 2012.

    4. The most expensive purse, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is House of Mouawad’s“1001 Nights Diamond Purse” – with a price tag of an astounding $34.5 million. (We’ll wait for it to go on sale.)

    3. Clutch purses were originally called “pochettes” when they were introduced in the early 1900s.

    2.The average weight of a woman’s full purse is 3 lbs.

    And, the #1 fun fact about purses is…

    1. The father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, considered a woman’s purse to be a metaphor for her nether regions. In his case study Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (1900), the dirty-minded doc concluded that his patient’s playing with her purse during therapy actually meant she wanted to play with herself. (One wonders if there were cigars in the handbag…)

    There is actually one more thing you may not know about purses – we make them to your order. That’s right: we have dozens of fully customizable bags, totes, purses, handbags and carryalls.

    This post was posted in Fashion

  • Story Leather's Silly Cell-Phone Drop Stories Part 2

    Posted on May 9, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Welcome back to our ongoing series of cell-Phone drop stories. The phones may be “smart” but sometimes the people carrying them aren’t!


    In previous blogs, we’ve covered the benefits of covered cases for cell phones, especially when it comes to protection from accidental dings and drops, but sometimes it takes a little reminder to drive home the importance of a point.


    According to, who took a survey of over 3,000 individuals:


    * 18 percent of frequent travelers have paid to fix their tablet screen in the past year

    * Over a third of travelers have spent more than $30 on tablet protection

    * 81 percent of parents report that their child has broken their tablet by throwing it

    * One in four parents had to pay to fix their tablet screen in the past year

    * Nearly half of parents (45 percent) said the most common cause of tablet damage was from getting in and out of a car, or leaving it on top of a car


    So now that you have the facts, here are a few more fun stories we here at Story Leather gathered for your amusement, and edification.


    “Yup ... I've dropped my phone. In fact, my first cell phone EVER shortly after I got it. It was a flip phone.


    “I took my dog Cody on one of our very long walks, being very careful to put the phone in my shirt pocket. Curiosity got the best of me and my phone when I leaned down to look more closely at a frog ... we were in a fairly swampy area of Morris County, NJ.


    “Phone fell, frog jumped, Cody could not have cared less and I had swamp goo all over my phone.


    End of story. End of phone.”


    -- Mizar Turdiu


    “I dropped my phone in the washing machine!


    “I have a sweatshirt with a front pocket where I sometimes carry my phone. It’s easy to forget! Twice I have thrown the sweatshirt, with the phone inside, in the wash. Detergent, spin cycle, and all. When I discovered my phone missing, I found it in the washer. Very clean. Both times, I could immediately make a call. It is an ancient flip phone (Casio, 2009). I’ll never get rid of this phone!”


    -- Joe Pinella



    “I certainly have dropped my phone. In fact, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve dropped it. It’s particularly more amazing, because as a nerd, I have my phone in my hands constantly. My girlfriend (now wife) would always tease about having my phone attached to my hand surgically.


    “On this occasion, we were putting both our parents together for dinner at a restaurant for the first time. We drove up, and she was teasing hard about it. Pleading that I keep it in my pocket. No Googling. No emailing. No texting. Just hang with the parents.


    “Well, we arrive at the restaurant, and the teasing continues. I take out my phone to turn it to vibrate, and at the same moment, she goes to hold my hand - not realizing my hand was pulling my phone out. The phone launches forward as her arm hits my wrist and all time stopped as my phone (it calls me ‘Sweetie’ by the way) hurled slow motion through the air, and on to the pavement.


    “I’ve dropped it a million times before and nary a crack. One time, when it was supposed to be in my pocket, I take it out and it shatters everywhere.


    “I kept it that way for more than a year, just as a reminder to listen to the love of my life.”


    -- Lucas


    Stay tuned for more in this series of Silly Cellphone Drop Stories – and please share, if you have one.


    And… don’t forget: We have lots of great phone cases available!



    Pictured: Our “Montecito” Smooth Fine Grain Phone Case in Green (to go with the frog…)

    For more of our stories you can visit 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: What Kind of Wallet Would James Bond Carry?

    Posted on May 7, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    A classic what would James Bond do Scenario here. Last month I wrote about some neat gadgets that are wallet sized and mentioned James Bond, so I thought why not figure out what 007 would carry. It's also perfect timing as the trailer for #Spectre released not to long ago.

    What Kind of Wallet Would James Bond Carry?

    While the first thought is something very high-tech made by his handy-dandy gadget-master, Q – I think James Bond would carry something understated and unassuming. After all, he is a secret agent, who must blend in and fly under the radar of the bad guys.


    One of our plain, upscale and discrete billfolds would be perfect for 007 because it’s a timeless classic just like him. I could see him with the Bravas. It’s our custom made woven leather wallet

    With 2 side insert pockets on left interior, 3 vertical card slots + 2 side insert pockets on the right interior, and 1 billfold layer. Easy to slip in anywhere and the woven exterior would keep it from slipping around in his trouser pocket when he’s doing his International Man of Mystery thing.


    But it’s fun to let the imagination run wild – so, I asked a few pundits on the subject of accessories what they thought, and here’s what they had to say.



    Since international spy James Bond is always beautifully dressed in black and white attire that’s fitted [it would be something small]. He could attach his keys to zipper puller, stash his

    cash/ID/fake ID/ vial of knockout potion in dual interior compartments, and voila...he’s ready to dash out the door.” (Fashionably Your Nicole)


    James Bond is known for his sophisticated style, daring international exploits -- on the streets or in the sheets. And cool gadgets. James Bond's wallet would contain a breath mint, money, and

    Cards. This man is a no-fuss kinda guy. (Dosh Rook)




    Something with London flair and the Union Jack emblazoned on the front (and inside there would be condoms with the same Union Jack emblazoned!)  There would be no cash because it needs to stay thin for James’ profile.  There would be a credit card that when used automatically debits the amount for the bill - thank you, Q! - to help the the Secret Service with their budget deficit. (Wendy Kendall)

    For more of our stories you can visit 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

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