Fashion

  • Story Leather Review: OtterBox Defender iPhone 5s

    Posted on April 22, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Here at Story Leather we get phone cases that were designed to fit every kind of protective case, but the case that’s the most popular is none other than Otterbox! Why is this though? Well we decided to go out and find out for ourselves.  Before actually getting our hands on an OtterBox Case I decided to pop over to their website and see what their customer had to say…and wow does Otterbox live up to everything we hear. Everything from run over by multiple cars to chewed on by goats, it seems as though Otterbox has been though it all. After reading all the amazing testimonials I went out and got an OtterBox Defender for the iPhone 5s and decided to really take an in depth look at it.

     

    Upon getting the case I saw that it’s neatly packed in a box, no pun intended, but when I finally removed the case I noticed it popped into 3 pieces. Two of the inner pieces were made of a hard durable polycarbonate and the outer binding is a silicone shell that encases the polycarbonate inner shell.

    The unique part of the inner polycarbonate is that it comes with a built in screen protector and its lined with a foam cushion on the inside to add that extra layer of protection. In addition to the added protection the defender series is al dust resistant, water resistant is on the preserver series, and comes with a belt clip that swivels. I had originally thought that the case would be difficult to install, but once again I was proven wrong. It installs as easy as saying 1. 2. 3.

    Once fully assembled it felt really solid like brick without the weight. The phone didn’t wiggle or move, the camera and flash (rear and front facing) weren’t obscured, and all the external ports were all covered and accessible including the buttons. Overall this case does exactly what its name says, defends which is why we see so many of our customers order cases that are built for the OtterBox.

    I've manage to also Snap a few shots of the OtterBox in action with our cases.

     

    After getting our hands on an OtterBox its easy to see why our customers love them so much. To find more OtterBox products visit www.otterbox.com

    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: MOM2014 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.

    *OtterBox Logo was provided by OtterBox.com

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  • Story Leather: What is Custom? with Balani Clothiers

    Posted on April 21, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Custom clothes, accessories, furniture, etc. These are some of the few items people are customizing these days. Why is that though? Wouldn't it be easier to order something and have it delivered right away instead of waiting for it to be made? For the most part it would be, but having something that is custom really speaks wonders. Every custom item tells a story whether we think it has one or not and every story is unique to the person that designed it.

    That’s why we’re fortunate enough to speak to Elizabeth from BALANI Custom Clothiers about why custom items are so popular these days, but before we get to that I wanted to give a quick synopsis about BALANI and what makes them so unique.

    Balani Clothiers is named “One of the Top 6 Tailors in World,” by JW Marriott Magazine, and “Best Custom Suit” by Chicago Magazine, Balani Custom Clothiers has been in the custom clothing business for over 50 years.

    To read more about BALANI you can visit their website at www.Balanicustom.com.

    For more 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: MOM2014 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.
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    Story Leather: What does “Custom” mean to you?

    Elizabeth: Custom is an incredibly powerful concept in the clothing business, because it gives the consumer the ability to take complete control in an industry where they rarely have input or a voice. It allows our clients to create the “perfect” garment, while getting the exact fit and styling details that they want.

     

    Story Leather: With fashion/style trends constantly coming and going how do you think custom items will hold up?”

    Elizabeth: There’s a fine line that custom clothiers walk when it comes to style trends. There was a time when over-sized, 3-button suits, with pleats and cuffs were popular. Today, the trend leans toward very trim fit suits, with shorter jackets and little to no break in the slacks. Our goal is to help guide our clients and have them style their garments in a way that will stand the test of time. The best advice we give is it to keep it simple and meet in the middle. Avoid fleeting trends and focus on what’s right for your body type.

     

    Story Leather: I've heard that when buying a custom item it’s not really about the item it’s more about the story behind it. What are your thoughts on that?

    Elizabeth: The beauty of custom is that every suit has a story because every detail is intentional and carefully thought out. It’s these personal touches (i.e. colorful linings, functioning buttonholes, monogramming the suit jacket) that make a custom piece so special.

    When others notice these details, it organically becomes a conversation starter. I’ve had dozens of clients who've come to me and said they closed a deal or attained new clients purely based on a compliment they've received on how they were dressed. That’s a wonderful gift to be able to give people.

     

     

    Story Leather: Do you have a custom item that tells a unique story? If so would you care to tell us a little about it?

    Elizabeth: BALANI carries thousands of fabrics from all over the world, but there’s one pinstripe suit that stands out from all the rest. Made from luxurious Super 180’s wool, this fabric is unique because the pinstripe is actually the client’s name hand-embroidered into the stripe. Costing over $10,000, the customizable pinstripe guarantees that your suit is an original and one of a kind. If that’s still not extravagant enough for you, you can opt to have the fabric mill embroider your suit with 14k gold thread.

     

     

     

    Story Leather: Our last question is about BALANI. We know that you specialize in customize clothing, what are some of the special orders that you’ve seen go through BALANI?

    Elizabeth: My favorite orders are the one’s which have the most sentiment behind them. Whether it’s a wedding tuxedo or a jacket specifically designed for the winner of a beer pong tournament, these garments mean more to our clients than just an ordinary suit. They want it to be special and we do our best to incorporate meaningful elements into each garment. Sometimes it’s as simple as embroidering the wedding date into a suit, and for others it’s adding a special crest or patch to the front of the jacket. It’s these personal details that change a suit from being simple and ordinary to extraordinary.

     

     

    I wanted to thank Elizabeth and BALANI again for sharing some of their stories as well as their insight on how custom items represent such a powerful story, image, and memory. 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: MOM2014 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: Sony Experia Z2 Leather Phone Cases

    Posted on April 20, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    So a few weeks ago we posted that we were able to take orders for the Sony Experia Z2 and now we also have some awesome pictures to show everyone as well. We're also excited to show off these cases because Spring is in full swing and summer is right around the corner and these cases are the perfect match for any outfit.

     

    Add a little spring to your step with this Yellow and Orange Book Style case that also works great for the summer and fall. If Yellow is a bit bright then we have something a bit more neutral like Sky Blue or a bit louder like out Red woven pattern.

     

    Of course these are only some of the colors available, there are many more when designing your own handmade leather case. For a full listing of our leather you can click on this LINK and for matching interiors you can click HERE

    For all of our leather choices as well as Leather Phone Case Designs visit us at www.storyleather.com.

    To see other creations you can visit us at www.facebook.com/StoryLeather, www.pinterest.com/storyleather, or www.twitter.com/storyleather for more pictures and updates on all of our leather phone cases.

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  • Story Leather: HTC One M8 Leather Phone Cases

    Posted on April 18, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    It's been a couple weeks since the release of the HTC One M8 and we thought we'd share some of the cases that were made for what people are calling the best smartphone of 2014.

     

    Here we have a handcraft leather back-cover that is spruced up using a red croc pattern to really add some style.

    Looking for something a bit more Spring and summer friendly? Why not a bright Orange Ostrich design!

     

    If Orange isn't your style, why not try something a bit laid back like a classic brown leather.

    These are only two designs and two colors to choose from. For all of our leather choices as well as Leather Phone Case Designs visit us at www.storyleather.com.

    To see other creations you can visit us at www.facebook.com/StoryLeather, www.pinterest.com/storyleather, or www.twitter.com/storyleather for more pictures and updates on all of our leather phone cases.

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  • Story Leather Showcase: Cufflinks.com

    Posted on April 16, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Here at Story Leather we always like to see the newest technology take center stage, but we also love seeing new fashion trends and personal styles get introduced as well. So we thought we thought, “Who else likes fashion and technology?” This is when we came across www.cufflinks.com. I can see where some might be wondering, “How do cufflinks and technology pair up?” Well we let’s see! Let me introduce the USB cufflink. Cufflinks are something that most men take for granted when wearing a suit and something that every suit owner needs. So the wonderful people at Cufflinks.com thought to put the two together, but what prompted them to mix these two items together?

    I got a chance to ask them about the original concept of the cufflink and they said, “The USB cufflinks were built with the travelling businessman in mind.  We really wanted a way for a man on the go to have all work files at his disposal without having to cart everything around.

    It even incorporates a small eco-component as the USB cufflinks can help erase the amount of paper materials that somebody needs to carry or re-print”

    The USB cufflink also eliminates the need to travel with a ton of papers thus adding to the eco-friendly component. So we know that the USB cufflink is helpful, handy, and eco-friendly yet how does it look?

     

    Well as you see in the picture above they come in wide variety of colors to match any suit of any style. These are only a few of the cufflinks; for the comic fan they have a set of Superhero inspired cufflinks that will give you the sleek look that shows off your love of Batman or Superman.

    In addition to the cufflinks, they’ve recently released a set of USB money clips with the same concept, traveling light. For those who don’t wear a suit, the USB money clip is another great way to have all your items stored safely while helping the environment.

    So if you’re a businessman on the go then the USB cufflinks or money clip would be a great addition to you fashion ensemble! To find all of their amazing products just visit www.cufflinks.com; you can also find them on www.facebook.com/cufflinksdotcom, twitter.com/cufflinksdotcom, www.pinterest.com/cufflinkscom/, and instagram.com/cufflinksdotcom.

    For more 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: MOM2014 you can receive $10 off your entire purchase!.

    Don't forget, about our Mother's Day Giveaway! You can enter by clicking this LINK. Also all participants will receive a $10 gift certificate!

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  • Story Leather Mother's Day Giveaway!

    Posted on April 15, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    In honor of all the Moms out there we're doing a Mother's Day giveaway! The prize for the giveaway are our popular iPhone Book Style Cases that come in 4 amazing colors/styles: Red Cross Pattern, Sky Blue Cross pattern, Napa Purple, and our Gold Cross Pattern. The winner would get to choose from one of those 4 colors.

    To add your name to the giveaway all you have to do is follow the steps listed and you're all set! The contest is not limited to any one location because this is for all the Mom's out there. So just follow the instructions to enter and we will announce the winner on Mother's Day.

    Also, all participants will receive a $10 gift good for all our products at Story Leather.

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    For more 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: MOM2014 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.
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  • Mother's Day Sale

    Posted on April 12, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    We know that April just started, but we wanted to give a little head start for those trying to make Mother's Day a bit more special. So from April 12th to May 11th we will have a 25% discount for our Gold, Red Cross Pattern, Sky Blue Pattern, and Napa Purple Book Style cases or you can use the promo code MOM2014 and get 10% off your entire purchase!

     

    So if your planning on getting your mom, wife, significant other a gift that will make their phone stand out pick a color and wow them with a handcrafted leather case from Story Leather.

    If these styles or colors don't fit her style, why not try one of our custom cases. Just visit www.storyleather.com and take a look at all the custom cases we have an make the perfect one for her.

    Don't forget, we've added the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and the Sony Experia z2 to our collection of custom phones. So if you have a new phone or are waiting to get it check out our collection and make the perfect case for your phone.

    For more stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog, visit our Facebook, or Twitter for all of our other stories. Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE.
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  • Story Leather: Styles for Men

    Posted on April 10, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello Everyone,

    To wrap up this week I thought I'd write a little bit about style choices when picking a cellphone case. this week I'd thought I'd specifically focus on a Male style choice to which I will follow up with a female style guide.

    So to start the style guide I wanted to list the many descriptions we get from our male customers and what they want in a case (listed from the most common)

    1) Durable

    2) Sleek

    3) Stylish

    4) Timeless

    5) Classy

    These are the top five words I've heard when asked about leather and style choices for most of our custom cases. I do see a need for a case to be durable, but I think that applies across the board. The sleek and Stylish can factor together and are easily addressable as long as you have an idea of what your style is. Lastly, Timeless and Classy are of course something is is a bit harder to address, but by no means impossible when considering how timeless and classy leather is.

    Starting with the first word; durable, we know leather is very durable and was made to be that way, but there are certain leathers that are more durable than others. For instance, we carry Cowhide and Lambskin leather. Cowhide is by far more durable than Lambskin and we're able to do so much more with cowhide as a result.

    Moving onto sleek and stylish, I believe that it really depends on what you like to wear. For instance, if you wear a lot of tuxedos or just like black and white then a Murano in Black with a White Stripe is the way to go.

     

    If this is a bit much then the Spring Creek might be a better fit. The Spring Creek is a solid color all around and it's perfect as a match for any formal, semi-formal, or casual workplace/event. Some colors that work well are our standard black/grey to match any standard suit or Brown leather to match a business casual attire of Khakis and Leather/suede shoes.

     

     

    (A nice Napa Grey to match your Grey Suit)

     

    (A brown leather to match a nice pair of leather shoes in a business casual attire)

    Of course there are many other combinations that you're able to come up with, but if you have a question about what might go with that then you can email us at cs@storyleather.com or give us a call at 1(800) 539-1688.

     

    As always keep telling us your stories!

    For more 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: MOM2014 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.
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  • Story Leather: Custom Attributes

    Posted on April 9, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Here at Story Leather we often get asked what parts of the product we're able to customize; well I hope this mini post will clarify what we're able to customize!

    To start most of our customers know that we're able to retool our current designs to fit their needs. Common modifications are the addition of a belt clip, reworked interior to hold extra cards or phones, and the popular resizing to fit a protective case.

    However, there a other areas that were able to customize that most customer don't know about, kind of like that secret menu at In-n-Out. One attribute we're able to customize is the color of the stitching. For some the stitching might not seem like much, but imagine seeing that white stitching on black leather which really makes the whole case or wallet stand out.

     

     

    Here's a custom hand-made case that was in all black with a red stitching. It might not seem like much, but as you can see the red stitching really highlights the case and brings out a unique look.

    A second area that we're able to customize is the actual design of the phone case. For instance we have a popular Cartera case, some customers turn that into a mini purse.clutch. To achieve that look you would simply add on a body strap, zipper pouch on the back. and an elegant secure closure for a more sleek look.

    The last modification I will talk about (certainly not the least) is turning the double decker into a functional all in one pouch/holster. Typically the Double Decker is used to hold two phones, however we do get some customers that resize the pouch to hold things such as glasses, notepads, or a small wallet. Another popular modification as of late is to resize the double decker to hold a phone that's using our book style case or side flip. Again, these are some of the very few things we're able to do, but we're always interested in hearing what people ask for so if you have an idea for how your case should look then ask!

    So if you have a custom request of your own please send an email (cs@storyleather.com) or give us a call [1(800) 539-1688] and tell us your story.

    For more stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog, visit our Facebook, or Twitter for all of our other stories. Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE.

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  • Story Leather: Custom Holster/Pouch Recreation

    Posted on April 7, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Just two weeks ago I wrote about how certain customers can't bear to part with something they've grown so familiar with; so rather than get rid of the item and get a new one they just keep using it until it's mangled beyond use. I also mentioned that we were able to take the item and rebuild it by hand and customize to what they want, so I wanted to share this awesome recreation that was just finished.

     

    On the left is a case the customer had used for quite sometime. In fact, this customer had bought back ups in case the first, second, or third one broke. Sadly the original case can no longer be found and the customer was unable to find another case that worked just like it.

    When we mentioned that we could rebuild and customize the case exactly the way it looked the customer was extremely happy. So on the right is the end result of the rebuild. It took a bit of work, but our design team does what it does best and this is the end result.

    So if you have a custom request of your own please send an email (cs@storyleather.com) or give us a call [1(800) 539-1688] and tell us your story.

    For more stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog, visit our Facebook, or Twitter for all of our other stories. Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE.

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