Fashion

  • Story Leather: Mobile World Congress

    Posted on February 28, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    With the Mobile World Congress (#MWC2015) right around the corner, I thought it would be a nice pre-cursor to list any exciting news that should be announced like....

     

    Samsung's Galaxy S6 is rumored to be announced during MWC. Rumor has it that it's supposed to be sporting a metal frame like the Note series and have a more square like edge as well. There we're some leaked photos, but there's no assurance that it's correct. So we thought waiting a week might not hurt. Although T-Mobile did hint a small photo of the Galaxy S6 with the curved edge, so there's that as well! Aside from the Edge news, it's rumored that the Galaxy S6 will come in 2 different sizes as well, similar to what Apple did with the Plus initiative. I find that to be a bit redundant as I think the Note 4 with the original size of the Galaxy lines should be enough, but it could be something new that we haven't seen yet.

     

    HTC is also in the realm of Mobile news as they plan on unveiling their new M9 with the boosted sound system. There have been photos glossed all around the internet, but nothing is confirmed. However, if the photos are somewhat true, the new look seems to be a bit shorter than then lengthy m8 of last year, but one constant is the sleek metal body.

    Phones may be the main highlight, but wearables are quickly coming into the fold. Over the past years we saw Samsung's Gear watch, Moto 360, and the Pebble Smartwatch. Apple has stated in last years conference that we should be seeing the Apple Watch this year, but I don't suspect we will see it at MWC.

    Lastly I wanted to mention LG. These past few years have been very exciting for them as they've released their curve phone as well as their popular LG G3. So what's in store, a G4? Well they recently showcased 4 new mid ranged phones: Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy. These phones range in spec and size so pick and choose carefully.

    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: Key Pouches!

    Posted on February 27, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Our keys are precious. They open everything from our homes, to our cars, and sometimes even our hearts – Macy’s sells a diamond-studded platinum key pendant that hangs from a chain and lies close to the ever-beating breast.

    Keys are commonplace now but once upon a time, having one was a serious status symbol. Rich Romans kept their valuables in secure boxes within their households, and wore the keys as rings on their fingers. For one thing, it kept the key, er, “handy” at all times, while signaling to others that the wearer of the key-ring was important enough to have money and jewelry worth securing.

    Losing one’s keys can be a hassle to say the least, but if you have them in one of our custom leather key pouches, that’s far less likely to happen. They also won’t get tangled, won’t jiggle-jangle in your pocket, and if you keep your keys concealed, there’s no chance of scratching your phone or breaking a fingernail while digging for them in your purse.

     

     

    We make a few genuine leather key holders and pouches, custom made to order and handcrafted. All of our leather goods are handmade and constructed by our team of artisans. All leather goods are made one at a time based on your specifications of color, texture and any additional personalization needs. Since the key holder will be custom made to your design, please allow us 25-30 days to produce this work of art for you.

    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 Testimonial: Prasert!

    Posted on February 26, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    This weeks testimonial is a bit of a #TBT or a Throwback photo as our designer sent in a picture from an early childhood time. We would love to see more photos like this as throwbacks are quite fun! So lets get some of Prasert's feedback.

     

    This is my 2nd double decker, the brown color is more conservative than my first one. The first one is silver and eye-catching. People always say "aww" can it take 2 iPhones? The white interior for my 2nd one is a slippery which make putting in and taking out easier. All in all, I'm quite happy with the quality and everything.

    -Prasert

     

     

    We're glad that Prasert was able to send us a photo from his past and if you'd like to share your story with a throw back photo we would love to see and read about 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.

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  • Story Leather: What Wallet Would Sherlock Use?

    Posted on February 25, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    When the famous fictional crime-solver known as Sherlock Holmes was first introduced in 1887 by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, he was described thusly, “[his] very person and appearance were such as to strike the attention of the most casual observer. In height he was rather over six feet, and so excessively lean that he seemed to be considerably taller. His eyes were sharp and piercing, save during those intervals of torpor to which I have alluded; and his thin, hawk-like nose gave his whole expression an air of alertness and decision. His chin, too, had the prominence and squareness which mark the man of determination. His hands were invariably blotted with ink and stained with chemicals.”

     

    A London-based “consulting detective” whose abilities border on the unreal, Sherlock Holmes is known for his astute elementary reasoning, his ability to melt into almost any disguise, and his pioneering use of forensic science to solve cases.

     

    We all know about Sherlock Holmes’s most visible accessories – his Deerstalker hat, and his precious pipe. But what kind of wallet would the super-sleuth slip into his pants pocket?

     

    We did some sleuthing ourselves and asked some clever deducers their opinion.

     

    Wendy Kendall, who truly has a passion for purses, also knows a thing or two about wallets. She is sure Sherlock’s pocketbook would “Definitely [be] a hounds-tooth Burberry wallet that's custom made.  Inside is a stash of tobacco, just enough for one spontaneous pipe, and spot to slide in a smart phone so he can record his genius revelations on the go.”

     

    An enterprising reporter from HARO said, “Sherlock Holmes' would own the Attacoa Performance Wallet. As an extremely rational man, he would want a wallet that can be utilized as a tool. These wallets are light, durable, and resistant to scanning devices. They offer the highest protection for valuable documents that may be contained inside and comes equipped with all the necessities a detective would bring: ink pen, compass, tooth pick, glass breaker, tweezers, reflector, self-defense striking edge, and hidden compartments to hide spare keys or clues to a case. In his wallet he'd have clues to cases such as hair follicles, marked napkins, and hidden messages and cash.”

     

    There’s a wallet so slim and small, it’s called the PortaPocket. Kendra Kroll says, “It is an excellent way to discreetly and hands-free carry what you need, no matter what your outfit. It can

    carry anything from IDs, and lock picks (for those spies out there), to passports, larger smart phones, and more.”

     

    Those are all well and good, but I have a feeling Sherlock Holmes’s wallet would be plain and discrete on the outside, blending in with every other wallet… but it’s really just a disguise. He’d have plenty of pockets inside to hide and protect all his best clues, and of course a good-sized billfold area for hiring Hansom Cabs and bribing informants.

     

    For Sherlock, we’d suggest our Maven wallet in classic black. Custom made in the finest handcrafted leather with slots for credit cards, business cards, cash, and receipts. These short wallets are built for maximum storage and easily fit into your pockets and purses.

     

     

    [Photos courtesy of Photos PD and Amazon.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 Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


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  • Story Leather: A Night at the Oscars! The Oscars Coolest Red Carpet Clutches and Prettiest Purses

    Posted on February 23, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Oscars Coolest Red Carpet Clutches and Prettiest Purses
    By Staci Layne Wilson
    @StaciWilson

    As much as the movies, Hollywood’s Academy Awards have always been about fashion. But actresses have taken umbrage – many were in support of the recent #AskHerMore Twitter campaign which had social media pundits asking why men get more in-depth questions on the carpet, without an emphasis on dresses and accessories.

    Samantha Skey of SheKnows.com said she thinks there is a practical reason for this: “Men's fashion is just far less interesting, and they don’t carry clutches.”

    This year’s prettiest purses were carried by mother and daughter pair, Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson (who didn’t wear one, let alone fifty, shades of gray on the red carpet – she opted for scarlet Saint Laurent).

     

     

    While bags tend to take a backseat to the glorious gowns, there are a few memorable moments which still stand out in Oscar history. In 2001, when nominated for Dancer in the Dark, Icelandic songbird Bjork accessorized her tulle tutu with a sheer sparkly cat-suit, and an egg-shaped purse. At the 2007 Awards ceremony, when Dame Helen Mirren won for her performance in The Queen, she quipped, “Here I am with my purse...” as she took the stage to accept her golden statue.

     

     

    The egg purse was designed by Macedonian maven Marjan Pejoski, and is probably priceless. But we do know the value of Mirren’s Lana J. Marks’ Cleopatra Clutch: an eye-opening $250,000. The unique Art Nouveau creation has 776 individually cut and set diamonds on an 18k yellow gold frame and was inspired by a royal tiara, incorporating scrolls, garlands, and collets with a coronation inspired crown (clearly a good luck charm for Mirren, who channeled QE2 in the movie), all strategically placed on a cream alligator handbag.

     

     

    We love the lavish lifestyles of these clutch-carrying celebs, but our leather is less expensive (though just as luxurious). Our $199.00 woven leather and lambskin Chelsea catch-all can be customized to fit your needs.

    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 Stories, Style Watch, Personal Style, The Weekly Story

  • Story Leather: Weird and Wacky Phone Accessories

    Posted on February 23, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Smartphones are everywhere you look. Not only in TV and the movies, but the real world too. Kids have them, grandparents have them; they’re virtually everywhere. While most folks use cases to protect their devices from falls, chips, nicks and scratches, some take it another step further and go for the curio factor.

     

    Most cases offer protection for the phone, but there are some that offer protection for the owner – with built-in stun-gun, pepper-stray receptacles and alarms. Others are more utilitarian. There’s one that’s like a Swiss Army knife, and includes blades, pliers, wrenches, wire strippers, screwdrivers, and a ruler! Others more commonly offer extra juice for your battery, and rubberized non-slip, easy-grip textures. I saw one recently that had a built-in bottle-opener, which is very popular in the collegiate-crowd.

     

    Others are a little more than crazy-looking conversation pieces. There’s a really whacky one that looks like a face-hugger alien, so that while it’s to your ear, it appears you’re being attacked by an extra-terrestrial! There’s one that’s made to look like an ice cream sandwich, or a chocolate bar (pictured, courtesy of Augustus), and others that look like boom boxes or cassette tapes. Cartoon characters, rock stars, rhinestones, and glitz and glam prevail.

     

    Some totally out-there, way-insane cases have remote controls for selfies, are made of gold (and cost a fortune), spritzers for perfume, and there’s even one that changes color according to your mood!

     

    Well-made, high-end leather cases are always your best bet. Durable, classic, and functional, they are among our best-sellers. Cases can be holstered to your belt, slip nicely into your pocket, or sit protected from scratches and stains inside your purse.

     

    Our Montecito Case, shown here in blue Ostrich leather, is a handcrafted vertical style that’s customizable for all smartphone makes and models. Configure it as a vertical belt clip holster or add a shoulder strap to make a phone purse for the ladies.

     

    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: Wallet Gadgets Pt. Duex

    Posted on February 21, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    According to the Urban Dictionary, a “mom wallet” is an over-sized wallet that’s carried by anyone who’s not actually a mom. People who don’t carry purses or shoulder bags sometimes try and jam everything and anything into the folds of their billfolds, with varying degrees of success.

     

    I found a few items that will fit in any wallet, not just an over-sized one – and whether you’re a mother or not, you’ll probably find that these handy-dandy items are a fun fit inside the old billfold.

     

    1. Cardstick Credit Card Ruler Decal – want to make sure it’s going to fit? Here’s a sticker that you can affix to any plastic card in your wallet, which will measure in 3” increments.

     

    2. Bug Detector – Nope. Not for the moths flying out of your pockets. This skinny, dainty and discrete, RF Finder Bug Sweeper is the counter-surveillance detection tool worthy of any super-spy. With this you can detect hidden cameras, bugs, GPS trackers and more.

     

    3. “Teeny Ted from Turnip Town”, currently the world's smallest book, is a 30-page tale that fits on the width of a human hair. There are lots of books small enough to be held at the tips of a tweezer, but this one is so small, it couldn’t even be made of paper. The itsy-bitsy reproduction, which is printed with pure crystalline silicon, cost a staggering $15,000 to create. At that price, I’ll take two!

     

    Or, maybe I’ll just buy a nice, custom-made wallet. We have a very stylish selection, including the Camden Lambskin Long Wallet in Woven Brown. It’s in stock and ready to ship.

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of: www.selectism.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 Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


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  • Story Leather: Top TV Accessories

    Posted on February 20, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    “Empire”, certainly the hottest, crazy-addictive and most fashionable show to hit the airwaves since “Dynasty”, never fails to please when it comes to purses (kind of like us!).

     

    Even the guys carry them. Satchels, shoulder bags, totes – call them what you will, but they’re murses. (“It’s my European carry-all!” as Jerry Seinfeld famously insisted on a classic episode of his TV sitcom "Seinfeld".)

     

    In one recent and revelatory episode of “Empire”, patriarch Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) deep-dark secret was discovered when his nosy secretary (Gabourey Sidibe) rooted through his man-purse and found his medication for a very hush-hush condition. It was a fine leather haversack, and if L.L. himself is carrying one around, then clearly it’s a doubly dashing accessory to have.

     

    Still, no one can beat his chic ex, Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson), in the cool must-have accessories arena. The family diva carries a collection of clutches, shoulder bags, handbags, and coin purses, all color coordinated to her couture. Even her phone cases are show-stoppers.

     

    Men and women alike can take a cue from Cookie’s intrepid style sensibilities. The show’s costume designer Rita McGhee explained in a recent interviews that Cookie’s, “wardrobe is full of bold prints, lots of accessories, animal prints, and furs.” It takes confidence to pull it altogether, and every week the characters show their true mettle (and precious metals).

     

    Are you looking to do a little color coordinating? Check out our incredible accessories, and note that we do custom work. If you like super-saturated, high-hues, check out our purses in power pinks, omigod orange, and revved up red.

     

    (Photos: “Empire” courtesy of Fox. Bags shown: Ilara in blue, and Crawford in pink.)

    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 Testimonial: Rory!

    Posted on February 20, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    We hope everyone had a fun filled week after Valentines and we hope everyone spent it with those that mattered most! This week we bring you a testimonial from Rory, who is a long time designer with us!

     

    This is my second or third Story Leather product!!! They are so well made, they don't wear out! It's a great product and no complaints about anything! Enjoy!!!

    Rory also gave us a bit of insight into her style as well:

     

    What does personal style mean to you? Being well groomed is a good thing. Tailored accessories help pull your look together.
    What are some style “do’s” and “don’ts” you try to follow? Don't overdo, stay simple. Do try to use quality items to complete your look. Worn, or items that are falling
    apart don't work well.
    Are there any recent trends that you loved or hated? I stay fairly classic, that way you're always in style.
    How did you come across Story Leather and what was your first purchase? I was searching for a quality phone case, and came across you're website. I purchased two phone cases, and have continued buying from you for several years, and through several phone changes. Great quality and craftsmanship are hard to beat.
    Thank you

     

     

    We're glad the she likes her new personally designed case and we hope that others will enjoy their as well.  Rory's current case shown there is the popular Side Flip for the iPhone 6. This is just one of many designs we have!

    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: Wallet Gadget and Accesories

    Posted on February 18, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Your smart phone is great, but it can’t do everything. I know, hard to believe. But it’s true. Granted, the phone apps are getting more amazing by the minute – flashlights, alarms, mirrors. They’re all there. But the wallet still has a few tricks up it sleeves and in its compartments.

     

    Here are three fun gadgets that slip into your wallet:

     

    1. A Bluetooth Mouse. Forgot the mouse for your laptop? No worries. Click and drag away on your handy portable 2-button PC mouse. MoGo makes on that not only fits inside your wallet, but also PC card slot for recharging (30 minute charge; 8-10 hour battery life per charge), a 30-foot wireless range, and a kickstand elevates mouse to a comfortable height.

     

     

    (Photo courtesy of Tiger Direct)

     

    2. Wallet flask. Thirsty? Sorry, your phone doesn’t care. But your wallet is there for you, holding its 2-oz metal container of liquid whenever you need it. Perfect for sports games, really bad movies, or a night out on the town. Readily available, but Brookstone carries a nice one. Just remember, be of age and be safe.

     

    3. Swiss Army Knife. Pretty much any tool you’d need. Just be careful you don’t leave it in your wallet when it’s time to fly or go through any security checkpoints! Wallet Ninja makes a16-in-1 pocket multitool featuring Hex wrenches, can opener, bottle opener, ruler, letter opener, box opener, phone stand, peeler, and screwdrivers (Phillips, flat, and Robertson/square).

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Wallet Ninja)

     

    Our zippy Vienna Saffiano Leather long wallet would be the perfect pocket for all your cool gadgets. In addition to its three-compartment accordion pocket for bills and notes, there’s a zipper coin compartment, and four horizontal slots on each side of wallet interior. For item's like the Ninja Wallet tool that can fit into any one of our wallets!

    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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