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  • Story Leather: Purse Organization 101 – Three Super Hacks

    Posted on March 29, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Ladies, do you carry more than one purse? Not at a time (though it’s tempting! Mine’s always crammed full). But, say, to color coordinate with your favorite outfit? Do you sometimes carry a huge tote for more casual days, and then switch to something smaller and sleeker in the evenings?

    All that purse swapping can be mind-boggling. For one thing, how many times have you sworn you had your favorite coral lip-gloss with you, only to remember you left it in your “other” purse? Or have you ever felt like you were searching for buried treasure in your boudoir, simply trying to locate that cute little shoulder bag you only wear on special occasions?

    Here are three of my favorite hacks to keep it all organized at home and when you’re out and about.

    1. A small purse organizer. This cool configuration of pockets and keepers usually costs less than $10 and all you have to do is pick it up and move your items from purse-to-purse. It’s the perfect carry-all and will fit inside just about any standard-sized shoulder bag.

     

     

    2. Do you have pretty purses? Display them on your wall like works of art, and at a glance grab the one you need on any given day!

     

     

    3. Ikea, the home of easy organization (and hard-to-follow assembly instructions) makes several in-closet organizers that are perfect for purses, shoes, belts, bras… you name the accessory, and you can find it in no time in these box-like open display cupboards.

     

    (Photos courtesy of: Ikea, Pinterest, DotZilla)

    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, Promotion

  • Story Leather: Top Three Wallet-Sized Gadgets for Techies

    Posted on March 25, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Male or female, rich or poor, license to kill or not, we all want to be like James Bond. Remember all his glorious gadgets? 007 gets his goodies from Q.

    Q, which stands for Quartermaster, is the head of Q Branch, a fictional research and development division of the British Secret Service.

    But you don’t have to be a super-spy to get a hold of all the tricky toys these days.

    Check out these three fun must-haves for your Story Leather Custom Wallet.

    1) Micro-Phone Wallet Cell Phone. It’s a credit card sized mini-phone with Bluetooth, GPS tracker, placing and receiving calls, SMS. How cool is that? It retails for $69 and up.

     

    (Photo courtesy of Gizmag)

    2) Inekehans IHCC-B Credit Card Cutlery. This one is wild. But you don’t have to be uncivilized ever again by eating with your fingers, when you carry your spork and your butter knife in your wallet. Best of all, it’s less than $20.

     

    (Photo courtesy of Inekehans)

    3) Brookestone Wireless Key-Finder. This is a great invention. How many times have you been all ready to go, only to discover your keys are missing. They’re somewhere in your apartment, but where..? The Key-Finder, works at a range of 60 feet and can find those pesky keys through floors, walls, even sofa cushions. It uses two AAA batteries, and sets you back only $15.

     

     

    (Photo courtesy of Brookestone)

    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 Technology, Showcase, Personal Style

  • Story Leather Testimonial: Patti

    Posted on March 23, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words and we couldn't agree more. Our newest Testimonial is from Patti who simply says; "Love It!!!!!"

     

    So lets let the pictures speak for themselves

     

     

    We're glad that she loves her Book Style case and if you like it as well, see if it's available for your phone.

    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: Historical Wallet Fun Facts

    Posted on March 22, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Since we’ve been blogging about the history of wallets – did you know Perseus is said to have carried the head of Medusa in one? Or that Shakespeare helped coin the term? – We thought it would be fun and interesting to create a bullet-point timeline of the biggest hits in wallet history. We’ll skip over Ancient Greece and the Renaissance, since we’ve already covered those times.

    19th Century:

    In addition to currency, a wallet would be used for carrying dried meat, victuals, personal treasures, and things the wearer wanted to keep hidden. However, it was more than likely that money would not be found in a wallet in the U.K. because over 3/4 of the British population never handled pound coins and were highly unlikely to come in contact with paper money.

    Wallets originally were used by early Industrial Americans. According to Otis T. Mason’s essay “The History of the Carrying Industry,” it was considered civilized to carry one’s wallet on their belt. Believe it or not, carrying goods or a wallet in one’s pocket was considered uncouth.

    In Spain, a wallet was a case for smoking paraphernalia, and hardly ever to carry money.

    20th Century:

    The turn of the century’s wallet looked pretty much as we know it today: a foldable leather, pocket-sized accessory made for the purpose of carrying paper bills.

    The modern bi-fold wallet with multiple card slots became standardized in the early 1950s with the introduction of the first credit cards.

    In the 60s, wallets with chains were introduced. They were popularized by bikers to secure their wallets while riding their motorcycles.

    In the 70s, the widespread reliance upon credit suggested that most wealthy people were unlikely to carry large sums of money.

    Also in the 1970s, the Velcro-closure wallet was introduced.

    Punk fashion in the 70s and then early 1990s grunge and heavy metal fashion, brought back the chained wallet look.

    Present Day:

    Wallets are as popular as ever, especially leather billfolds like ours, but someday, what with the advent of electronic banking and transactions, they will probably be stored as apps in our phones.

    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

  • Story Leather: Vertu, the Elegance of England

    Posted on March 18, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    Smartphones, a luxury item turned tool, then a tool turned into everyday accessory. Almost everyone has some sort of mobile device and it's become so commonplace that it's really hard to keeping showing up the competition. Then comes Vertu, a company based in England that turned this accessory into a fashion statement.

    Vertu has literally changed the way we look at mobile devices, or as they refer to it "mobile communication instruments". We're using to seeing the the same old plastic phones with the chrome paint or if we're lucky enough we'll see a particularly nice metal/aluminum body. How about forgetting all of that and swapping it for material like titanium, platinum, gold, diamonds, rubies, real mother of pearl, and real 100% genuine leather? Well These are the materials Vertu works with.

     

    (Photo courtesy of Vertu)

    The Vertu Signature Touch is, my favorite, their "signature" line when you need that extra something to go with your Bentley or Aston Martin. Coincidentally enough Vertu has a Bentley signature phone as well. With all it's glitz and glam, what's under the hood? Well the Vertu is one phone that is great inside and out. Each phone is handcrafted to perfection by an artisan in England and they take their perfection down to the stud of every phone. Of course with this level of details comes with a price to match, but it's well worth it. Who can really say they have their phone build from the ground up by hand, with real leather for the case, and the experience to match? Vertu can.

    If you'd like to learn more about Vertu, be sure to visit their website at www.Vertu.com/us and if you have a Vertu then there's nothing else you need.

    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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  • History of the Wallet – The Renaissance Period

    Posted on March 13, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    “Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back, wherein he puts alms for oblivion, a great-sized monster of ingratitudes.” -- Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida (1609)

     

    These days we have nicer things to put in our wallets. Mainly, paper money and credit cards. But back in the Renaissance Period, things were different. With the increase in use of metals as currencies, wallets were designed to include heavy coins and the bearer’s statement of accounts. That’s how the word budget came from “bowgett” -- bowgett was another word for moneybag, or wallet.

     

    Wallets were vitally important to men on the move in the Renaissance era, since pockets, were only sewn into women’s dresses, and didn’t often appear in male clothing until the 17th century. It was at about this time in history that wallets began to take on some semblance of the shape we know presently, as they evolved after the introduction of paper currency to the New World in the 1600s. The first paper currency was introduced by the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1690 -- however, fold-over billfolds had actually been used some time before, in 1500s Europe.

     

     

    Those first wallets were made primarily of cow or horse hide and included a small pouch for printed calling cards (to “call” someone back then meant to actually go and visit them -- this was long before the invention of the telephone).

     

    If you have a lot of calling cards, our Sallas Long Wallet will be the perfect choice for you. Its classic, sleek design is especially becoming in black or dark brown (though we can make it custom-colored) and it boasts 1 accordion zipper pocket compartment with interior insert and card slots; 1 zipper accordion coin pouch; 20 card slots total; and 1 ID window. Production lead time is 25-30 days

    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

  • Story Leather: BlackBerry Slider?

    Posted on March 9, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    With #MWC2015 coming to a close it's time to looks back at some mobile companies that are making a big comeback with retro designs. This one brings it back quite a bit, the sliding keyboard. I think one of my all time favorite phone concoctions was the sliding keyboard. Don't know why, but I thought it was so cool to slide the screen up and use a hidden keyboard. Of course looking back I saw how impractical it might have been, but looking back as second time, it seems like it might be good to have again.

    Enter BlackBerry and their "Slider", not the real name but it's what they're calling it as of now.

     

     

    (Photo: Courtesy of CNET)

     

    Although this was a teaser, their headlining device is the full touch screen BlackBerry Leap. The leap has a full 5 inch HD touch display is very sleek in its design. Following the Square like design of the Passport, the Leap is set at $275 sale price. After looking at the Leap a bit more I can't help but admire BlackBerry's comeback to the the Mobile world. To read more visit CNET where they have all the up to date coverage on MWC 2015.

    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: 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: 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


    This post was posted in Fashion, Technology, Showcase

  • Story Leather: A History of Wallets

    Posted on February 16, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Back in the late 1900s, “lettuce” was a slang term for money. And not just because they’re both green and can be peeled off in sheaves. It’s because the very first wallets were actually little more than lunchboxes.

    Today’s wallet, certainly the most essential of our everyday accessories, came into being very early on in history. Wallets have been in use since the first century A.D., and have gone through a series of major changes and alterations since. They used to be made of metal, and carried a warrior’s sustenance: coins, and chow.

    But that’s not the first of the wallet – which is really just a shrunk-down purse. The oldest known and first recorded carry-all was found with Otzi the Iceman, whose remains are believed to date back to 3,300 B.C. They say “You can’t take it with you” but Otzi had other ideas. His wallet was a belt pouch made of leather, and it contained three small flints, a tool made of bone, and a piece of tinder (not to be confused with the dating app! Tinder is a dry, flammable material, such as wood or rag, used for igniting a fire).

    Long before the invention of paper bank notes, or even pockets in pants, early wallet makers fashioned small, fabric packs with drawstrings, typically tied to their belts, that were used to hold lunch and few coins.

    In Ancient Greek times, the carry-all was referred to as a kibisis, which was basically a sack and is noted in stories as carried by the god Hermes. The mythical warrior Perseus used a kibisis to tote the severed head of Medusa.

    While our wallets probably couldn’t withstand the acidic, poisonous snakes that festooned Medusa’s head, they are very well-made for your everyday needs. Our team of leather artisans hand cut, stitch and sew to craft the finest leather wallet on the market, using only premium genuine cowhide and lambskin

    Take a look at the Melrose medium length wallet. It’s got tons on compartments inside to fit all your cash, credit cards, and odds and ends. (We can customize it for you, too!)

     

    If the Melrose isn't what you're looking for then there are other designs as well all ranging in size: Compact, Medium, and Long 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


    This post was posted in Fashion, Showcase

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