Fashion

  • Story Leather Testimonial: Dwin!

    Posted on December 11, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello Everyone, The Story Leather Gang is hard at work trying to get all your orders out. We know it's been a while since we've posted, but we've been busy since the launch of the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, BlackBerry Passport, Note 4 and many many more!

    With the holidays coming around we wanted to start the blogging off from one of our very first customers, Dwin! Let's read what she has to tell us!

    Story Leather: What does personal style mean to you?

    Dwin: Personal style means everything to me. I do believe that you only get one chance for first impression.

    Story Leather: What are some style “do’s” and “don’ts” you try to follow?

    Dwin: I try to raise the bar and set my own trend for others to follow

    Story Leather: Are there any recent trends that you loved or hated?

    Dwin: I love the smaller totes and bags that are now a trend.

    Story Leather: How did you come across Story Leather and what was your first purchase?

    Dwin: I found Story Leather on line. My first purchase, was an iPhone 5 case second purchase was an iPad case. They have stood the test of time. I truly love them. now I am ordering an iPhone 6 case

    She was also awesome enough to send in a picture of the iPad and iPhone case!

     

     

    If you've got a Story to Share like Dwin does we'd love to hear it. We want to thank Dwin again for being part of the Story Leather Family and we wish everyone a fun and safe holiday season!

    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. speaking of Promo codes, use XMAS15 and save 15% on orders over $150.

    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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  • Leather 101: Tandy Leather.

    Posted on October 27, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello from all of us at Story Leather. It looks like October started and ended in an instant. With the weather cooling we're breaking out our winter wear and leather is always an in option, but how do you know what you're getting is the real deal? Well in the past weeks we've posted a few Leather 101's from various experts in the field, but this week we have the pleasure of having an expert from Tandy Leather to give us some insight on leather! Don't forget to check out their website for all your leather needs, they even have some awesome do it yourself kits as well as all the information about leather that you could ever want.

     

     

    Story Leather: There have been some very impressive copies of leather lately, but how could you tell the difference based off the feel of it?

    Tandy: The better the quality, the less chance of telling the difference by feel.

    Story Leather: What about just looking at it? Are there subtle differences that once can look for when trying to spot a fake?

    Tandy: More often than not nowadays the only way to tell is by looking at the back for some type of fabric backing.

    Story Leather: Although Polyurethane Leather or Bonded leather is fake, but how is it they can say they are made with genuine leather?

    Tandy: Bonded leather is not fake leather, however it is kind of like the particle board or plywood of the leather world. A bonded leather product can be called leather, and “Genuine” leather.  Typically bonded leather is recycled from the excess leather that is cut from full hides during the tanning process.  It is ground down to the fibers and then bonded together with a bonding adhesive and rolled out in to sheets, similar to the process of making paper.  The sheets are then sold in rolls like fabric.

    With some of the higher quality synthetic leathers, you may not be able to tell the difference from the surface.  Typically the back is lined with fabric to make it easier for sewing, however if you cannot see the back of the leather, you may not be able to tell.  As the quality improves, synthetic leather is being used more and more in leather jackets as it looks like genuine leather, is less expensive and is a bit more water repellent.

    Story Leather: I understand there are varying thicknesses of leather and the more rugged ones are thicker. Is there a downside to the thinner “luxury” leathers as opposed to the Rugged hides?

    Tandy: Some thinner luxury leathers can be made from pigskin or goat.  They are quite soft and can be good quality, however calf and cow leathers have tighter grain fibers which make them more durable.

    Story Leather: Lastly I wanted to ask about the different “leather grades”. Could you explain a bit more about top grain, full grain, Suede, etc?

    See catalog pages 4-5 ( https://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/eflyer/tandy-leather-buyers-guide-2015/tandy-leather-buyers-guide-2015.aspx )

     I wanted to thank the team at Tandy Leather for giving us all this information about leather and for more info visit their website at http://www.tandyleatherfactory.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.

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  • Story Leather Testimonial: Mark

    Posted on October 20, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello Everyone!

    Halloween is right around the corner and so is Christmas, so we hope everyone is getting a head start. We'll be announcing our cut off date for Christmas orders soon so keep an eye out. Also, our in stock iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases will be out in the next week! So sign up for our news letter or stay tuned by following us on Twitter and Facebook!

    Moving on, this weeks testimonial comes from Mark who absolutely loves his case!

    Hi Jerry Lee,

    I am very pleased with the custom leather holster for my iPhone. I can tell the pride of the craftsman who made it by the quality of the work. As seen in the attached photos, I wear it everyday!

    Thanks for a great product and quality customer service!

    Have a great day!

    Mark
    If you have a case you'd like to share then send in a picture with some of your thoughts!

    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. speaking of Promo codes, use SPOOK14 for 10% off!

    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: Leather 101 with Andrew Royce Bauer

    Posted on October 14, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Continuing with our new segment for all things leather, we have the pleasure of having some insight from some of the best people in the business. So we welcome Andrew Royce Bauer of Royce Leather Collection. A little background on Royce Leather Collection:

     

    It started in 1944 with Eugene Bauer and his very first wallet. Eugene wanted to created handcrafted leather goods for both men and women with the craftsmanship and creativity of his experience.

    Founded in 1974 in New York City by Harold Bauer, Royce Leather was originally a private label manufacturer for the world's finest department stores. In 2013, CEO Andrew Royce Bauer transformed the company under the guise of Royce Leather.Three generations later the Bauer Family and Royce Brand continue to create some of the most amazing leather goods around.

     

    With that, let's see what Royce can tell us about spotting bad leather and a leather embossing!

    Andrew: My occupation is a fashion designer and the Chief Executive Officer of Royce Leather--one of the largest leather manufacturers in the U.S. It is much more difficult nowadays to spot fake leather for two reasons. Many leather companies combine products with both PU and Genuine Leather. Furthermore, most fashion companies use Split Genuine Leather which has a very similar quality to PU Leather. The best way to spot a fake is to feel the thickness and weight of the leather. Full Grain Leather is heavier and has a thicker consistency. Regarding the embossing, the modern consumer wants foil stamping, although I personally prefer blind embossing.

    Royce Leather offers both.

     

    As we always mention, and Andrew here has said the same, always take time to feel the leather. Real leather will always have a little heft to it. There leathers that are a bit lighter due to the split, but there will always be that bit of thickness to it.

    To see all of the Royce Leather collection visit their website: www.royceleathergifts.com and their Facebook page www.facebook.com/RoyceLeather/ always keep a lookout when you're shopping because they can be found just about everywhere!

     

    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. speaking of Promo codes, use SPOOK14 for 10% off!

    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: Ann!

    Posted on October 13, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    A new week means a new testimonial and this week we have Ann! Her problem revolved around juggling two phones and everything in life so we thought we could help her with at least one of those problems.

     

    What does personal style mean to you?

    Ann: Personal Style means finding clothes and accessories that fit my likes and personality.

    What are some style "do's" and "don't" you try and follow?

    Ann: I like to be comfortable and practical.  I want accessories to be functional

    Are there any recent trends you loved or hated?

    Ann: Not specifically.

    How did you come across Story Leather and what was your first purchase?

    Ann: I have a work phone and also a personal cell phone.  Due to security reason, they need to remain separate.  As I am a mother, I need to carry my personal phone with me. Running around with 2 phones and most often outfits without pockets during the day was challenging.  I was looking for a phone case that carried 2 phones but I could not find one.  That is when I stumbled on Story Leather and had a case custom designed for me.

    Function and Fashion, this is what Ann was looking and we were glad to help her out. Ann isn't the only one, there are many others out there that are looking for a bit of function to their fashion and whatever the need we will try our best to fill 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: Why are your cases so expensive?

    Posted on October 11, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    We hope everyone's summer is going well because there's only a a couple weeks left!

    This week's topic is about the pricing of our items and why they are much higher than other cases you'd find on ebay, amazon, etc. There are many reason as to why our cases cost more and we'll go through some of the major points!

    First and foremost is that all of our cases, stock and custom, are made with 100% genuine leather. We understand there are "leather" cases out there that are only $10, $20, and $30 but some of those might be what you called bonded, synthetic, or PU Leather (Polyurethane Leather). Although not 100% cowhide leather it's still considered leather. That's why some leather cases are priced so much lower then ours and other leather ware companies. we on the other hand take great pride in our leather and our leather even has that natural leather smell that you can only get with real leather.

    Secondly all of our cases, stock and custom, are all handmade. None of the leather goes through a stamping machine to be pre-sized and cut. The reason being that each case is personally cared for by it's artisan and they give a bit of a warm touch to something that is  otherwise lifeless.

    A third and final point would be that our custom items are truly custom. Over this past year we've showcased hundreds of cases that were custom designed by out customers, and now we don't mean just the color. We recreated keepsakes for customers  and we even combine design patterns together to give the customer and a truly custom case. Two of my favorite examples thus far is the customized Woven Wallet. This customer took two existing wallet designs and combine them into one. Another favorite, and now a classic for us, is a double Cartera. These two designs are ideas that were thought up by our customers and carefully crafted by our team to created something that only they will have.

     

     

     

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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: Rugged Leather Bags

    Posted on October 8, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    With the recent trend of rugged leather bags I thought it would be nice to do a little feature on some of our favorite rugged leather bags, but I want to note that neither bag is better, each bag has its own merits.

     

    The rugged leather bag is made with a raw hide leather and is the thickest and most durable around. These bags are considered the cream of the crop when it comes to endurance. As for style, they take on that old western look which is timeless, which is great because these bags might outlive you. Some great examples of these rugged bags are SaddlebackColsen Keane, and Colonel Littleton Bags. Some facts about the authentic rugged leather bags:

     

     

    (Bag by Colonel Littleton)

    1) Tough leather. They are made with the full grain cowhide. This is the best leather that money can buy and has all of the grain from the cowhide. I won't go too much into detail because Saddleback does a great Leather 101 online tutorial.

     

     

    (Bag by Saddleback Leather)

    2) Timeless look. I'd mention it before, but lets take a closer look as to why these can transcend time. The bag shown above is a Saddleback Classic Briefcase. I chose the carbon color because it fits nicely to just about anything. However, it's overall design it very elegant and simple: leather straps that lock in with a belt buckle, solid D-rings to hold the should and carrying handle, and matching rivets that hold everything together without being flashy. It's "simple" and because of that it doesn't have to follow and trends and will always be timeless, like a suit or sundress.

     

     

    3) Lastly these bags are handmade, like ours. I stress the handmade part because you can't get a tough bag like these with a machine made item. I should clarify that handmade items do require the assistance of machines like: sewing machines, large cutting presses (for the larger cuts), and a rivet machine. Bags that are handmade have a an advantage because the artisan can feel exactly what they're doing and if something were to go wrong you would know it. This is why these bags rarely have any problems whatsoever when it comes to durability and craftsmanship.

    The overall thought on these bags are that they were designed to last a lifetime and really showcase what leather is all about. Like them we also have a passion for leather, but our passions lay with the luxury leather bags which are meant to accent the versatility of leather in all of it's forms. So if you're looking a rugged leather bag then make sure that bag can withstand the test of time.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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: Fall Fashion's with Eileen Chai!

    Posted on October 7, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Fall is "here"! It doesn't really seem like fall yet in most places, but it doesn't mean we can't start early on the Fall Fashion! So let me introduce you to Eileen Chai of www.fleetcollection.com. Eileen is one half of the amazing team, the other is Lisa Hsieh, and she wanted to share 3 items that would be essential for any lady out there to have!

    Let's see what three items she has in mind!

     

    Eileen: A great coat pulls everything together. You could be wearing rags under there and it wouldn't even matter because the outer packaging is so fabulous. Every fall, I look for a few key pieces to update my wardrobe and a great coat is essential. I'm currently coveting the entire Scandal collection for The Limited, it has the perfect balance between soft femininity and polished structure. The coats and capes are to die for!

     

    Eileen: Plaid! And I'm not just saying that because Plaid makes a major appearance in Fleet Collection's FW14 collection. Maybe it's the back-to-school nostalgia that makes me want to break out the plaid skirts and crested blazer, but for me, it's always relevant for fall no matter what year it is. The pattern is classic and timeless, particularly in muted neutrals. Just ask Burberry, they know what's up!

     

    Eileen: FINALLY, it's time to dust off those leather boots! A killer pair of boots literally - and I do mean literally - go with everything. Jeans, jogging pants, skirts, short dresses, long dresses, leggings...the right pair of boots can pretty much complete any outfit. This season, I'm dying over point toe black ankle booties and Altuzarra's version with the recent Target collab is exactly my idea of the fall "it" boot.

     

    A nice pull over, plaid item, and the always timeless leather boots; we couldn't agree more with Eileen. Be sure to get the jump on the Fall trends and visit www.fleetcollection.com. Be sure to follow their social media channel as well for all the up to date information:

    www.facebook.com/fleetcollection

    twitter.com/fleetcollection

    www.pinterest.com/fleetcollection

    instagram.com/fleetcollection/

     

    Before we wrap this up, one item we think would be nice for the upcoming Fall and Winter is the Etiquette Dress, particularly the one in black.

     

    (Sporting the look she just mentioned, we think this will look great for everyone!)

    One can never go wrong with black.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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: Fall Fashion with Elizabeth of Balani Custom Clothiers

    Posted on October 7, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Although it might not seem like it, fall is here; so I guess it's time to break out the jackets and sweaters...or rather the suit and tie. Suits are good year round, but the problem with summer is that you have to wear lighter fabrics and ones that won't absorb the heat. With fall and winter we don't have to worry as much, but we always want the expert opinion on the matter so we were able to get in touch with Elizabeth of Balani Custom Clothiers so she can help shed some light on the upcoming fall fashion must haves!

     

    *5 Men's Clothing Essentials for Fall*

    Ready or not, summer is coming to an end. Even though we’re not entirely
    ready to say goodbye to warm weather, we can all breathe a sigh of relief
    knowing that Fall clothes are here, and they are better, softer, and more
    stylish than ever.

     

    Slate Three-Piece Suit

    Not quite charcoal and not quite blue, slate is both unique and stylish.
    The greyish-blue color makes for a modern three-piece suit and stands out
    in a sea of basic navy and charcoal suits. Appropriate for the office or a
    fall wedding, the darker slate color lends itself to a variety of looks.

    For those who work in a conservative environment, let the suit speak for
    itself by keeping it simple and monochromatic. Wear it with a white dress
    shirt, grey tie, black shoes, and silver cufflinks.

    If it’s originality you crave, pair the suit with a checked shirt,
    patterned tie, dark brown belt, and flannel flower pin.

     

    Berry Bamboo Blazer

    Bamboo. Really? Yes, really! It’s latest and greatest fabric to hit the
    market, and it’s phenomenal.

    Bamboo has the feel of cashmere, the look of silk, and the durability of
    wool. The natural luster in the fabric gives the jacket an elegant and
    dressy look. The key is finding the color that is right for you.

    That’s where berry comes in to play. Whether you prefer blueberry,
    raspberry, or even blackberry, berry tones are the “it” shades for
    jacketing this season. These colors are dynamic and eye catching, yet
    versatile and sophisticated enough to be paired with trousers or jeans.
    Suede elbow patches and subtle details will compliment the bamboo and help
    give it a casual feel.

     

    Cashmere Sweater (Medium Grey)

    There’s no better time to reintroduce cashmere into you wardrobe than fall.
    Known for its warmth and soft hand, cashmere is also incredibly lightweight
    making it the ideal fabric for sweaters and cardigans.

    The medium grey color, gives you the ability to mix and match outfits with
    ease. Wear it atop a patterned shirt and trousers and you’ll have a casual
    layered look for the Fall season. When the weather starts to drop, swap out
    the vest in your three-piece suit and replace it with the grey cashmere
    sweater. It’ll give your suit a fresh look and keep you comfortable and
    warm.

     

    Whipcord Travel Trouser

    A dressier alternative to denim, whipcord is the ideal fabric for
    traveling. Why? It’s durable, wrinkle resistant, and holds up well to
    pilling. Originally used for outerwear, the angled twill weave in the
    fabric gives it strength and resistance to the usual wear and tear. This is
    the perfect trouser to take with you need to transition your outfit from
    day to night.

     

    Flannel Flower Pin

    We said it in The 5 Essentials of Spring and we’ll say it again this Fall,
    flower lapel pins are all the rage. With the change in season comes a
    change in fabric. Flannel gives the flower a totally different look and
    feel. The brushed wool is a colorful and cozy addition to a suit lapel.

     

     

    I wanted to give a big thank you to Elizabeth and BALANI again for sharing some of their fall fashion tips. If you want to know more about BALANI their website is www.Balanicustom.com. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ for any updates they might have.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog, visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes. Speaking of, don't forget that if you use the promo code: SPOOK2014 you can receive 10% off your entire purchase!.

    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 App Review: Trello

    Posted on October 6, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Last time we took a look at Centrallo, an app to centralize your life, and this week we thought we would take a look at Trello. This app was referred to us by a customer and told us that this app was great for managing multiple project deadlines and to-do-lists.The overall interface is very simple and easy to read. The best is that they have a pre-filled out lists with easy to follow instructions on how to get started. So I thought i'd go through some of the instructions to to see just how easy it really is!

     

     

    So when you first log into the web based program you're greeted with a set of pre-fill lists labeled basic, intermediate, advanced, a nice photo of a husky. They do wonderful job of categorizing functions based on how savvy one might be to the platform, but the wonderful part is you can learn at your own pace! So, the basics are making a list, making cards for the list, and populating the list with to-do-items or pictures related to them. It's very simple to pick up and the display is very easy to navigate. even without instructions. I think this is simplicity at it's best, a platform that's easy to understand and is very intuitive.

    Moving onto the more intermediate options, when clicking on a certain card you're greeted with the following window.

     

     

    This window allows one to add members to certain cards, make due dates, check lists, and even a comment section to talk about this specific card. The intermediate instructions also lay out some simple details to help categorize the cards by creating colored labels. I never used to like highlighting items, but I've learned that a little splash of color can really make an item stand out. So by color coordinating the cards in a particular list it's a great way to know which card is important without reading a single word.

     

     

    Lastly we move onto the advanced steps. Although it says advance the instructions allow for a quick learning curve and they you can also archive them to a quick reference if needed. The list of advanced items include keyboard shortcuts for the web based Trello, tips for using the mobile version, and resources for API info and usage examples.

    Overall Trello is an amazing app that takes old form note taking to a mobile platform. Such simple tools we took for granted are now available and are constantly being updated.  This is a must have app for just about any situation. Great for business owners as this was an app developed as an internal solution of a problem and It translated easily to things like school. I think having Trello when I was back in college would have been a great way to communicate to my peers when collaborating on projects, papers, and especially study groups.

     

    Now the best part of Trello is that it's 100% free for 10 mb card attachment upload sizes. Or you can pay $5 a month to get a gold membership and increase that size to 250 mb. As if that wasn't great already Trello even gives the option to get a free upgrade if you invite other users! So visit www.trello.com to try it out and get a first hand look at why it's one of the most popular management tools around.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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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