Fashion

  • What’s in your Wallet?

    Posted on May 28, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    custom wallet

    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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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 Tech21.com, 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 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: 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 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 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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