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  • Story Leather: 3 Generations, 1 Purse, 0 Conflict – How To Find a Purse that Fits You

    Posted on April 12, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    When I had lunch with one of my girlfriends the other day, I complimented her on her beautiful, Spring-like mint-green handbag. She said she bought it while vacationing in Palm Springs, and that her mother and her young niece both loved the bag too, and they each bought the same one.

     

    This got me to thinking – what is it about a purse that makes it so classic and timeless that three women from three different generations would all respond to it?

     

    First of all, it should indeed be “classic” – simple lines are key. For example, a huge handbag festooned with flowers and fringe might appeal to the girl, but not the grandmother. Whereas Grandma might like a patent-leather purse with a snap-top closure, that’s far too fussy for a teenager.

     

    Secondly, the purse should be stylish but functional. Yes, a tiny clutch is elegant, but it barely has room to carry a breath mint let alone a smart phone, wallet, makeup, protein bar, and other sundries.

     

    Lastly, the purse should be of a classic, solid color. Neutrals are great for anyone – teens, women, and ladies of a certain age – you can’t go wrong with pretty, but understated, hues.

     

     

    Our Venue woven tote bag is just about perfect for any woman. It not only meets all of the above criteria, but it’s handmade with exceptional care, made of premium lambskin, and it’s got zippered inner pockets complete with a mobile phone compartment and a detachable coin pouch.

     

     

    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, Personal Style

  • Story Leather: Personalized Handbags

    Posted on April 8, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Kids love to finger-paint. Especially on the things you don’t want them to – the walls, their shoes, and yes, even purses.

     

    But last year when Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to show off her 34th birthday gift from her husband Kanye West, suddenly child’s play became a sensation – the gift was a Hermes bag painted by their one-year-old daughter, North. Given that Hermes bags range anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000, that's a pretty expensive canvass!

     

     

    Adults love to paint, too. So why not give it a try on one of your favorite, but perhaps a bit frayed bag and give it an all-new look? It’s a great form of self-expression, and a fun project for a creative day. (Once you’re an expert, you can begin on brand new bags!)

     

    Here’s how to do it:

     

    1) Select a purse. Preferably one that’s made of leather, and has large, smooth surfaces. (The same goes for wallets, if you want to start small.)

    2) Come up with a design. Make sure it’s going to fit on the purse.

    3) Secure the right supplies for the job. Basic acrylic is the choice for most, because it’s easy to use, and comes off of “mistake” spots without a trace. It’s a good way to begin, but if you really want to get serious, use oils or Angelus Acrylic Leather Paints (and top it with Angelus Acrylic Finisher). Then you’ll need some paint brushes (sized to your liking and needs), cotton balls, Q-tips, nail polish remover, sharpie pens, carbon paper and tracing paper. Also, a piece of stiff cardboard to fit inside the purse so you will have a firm surface to paint on.

    4) Prepare. Remove the finish on the purse in the area that you want to paint, using your nail polish remover (acetate).  This will help the paint absorb and the design you do will last a lot longer. Remove with cotton ball. Use the cotton swabs if you only want to clear the finish in intricate areas. Make sure the purse dries completely before you start to paint.

    5) Either transfer your design using the tracing paper and carbon, or – easier, if you have the artistic talent – draw the outline freehand on the purse. (Don’t forget to insert the stiff cardboard to keep your surface flat and steady.) Flowers are the easiest to draw, or geometric designs (ala Mondrian, or Pucci). But sky’s the limit – animals, people, places.

    6) Paint! (And don’t forget the strap, if it’s wide enough.) Start slowly, then add more paint as the first coat dries, building on the layer you have sufficient coverage. If you’ve used acryllrics, then it will take about 24 hours to dry. Oils take longer.

     

    Enjoy!

     

     

    Our Yardley Tote would be great for this, because you could leave the woven leather as it is, and paint only on the smooth accents and straps. Small flowers and filigrees would look absolutely lovely.

    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 Watch

  • Style Stories with Country Singer Josey Milner!

    Posted on April 4, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    We've always had super amazing guests for our Style Stories: Bloggers, Stylists, and even a Fashion Psychologist, but this is the first time we've had the pleasure of getting to know a singer. So a little bit on Josey as we think she's awesome for a #feelgoodfriday style story:

    Josey started her career at 17, professionally, but she's been singing her heart out for much longer. So you could safely say that her heart is truly in her song. Her debut single "Not Pretty Enough" took the charts by storm which earned her a 2013 Independent Country Music Award nomination for Promising Young Artist, a Top 10 Hottest New Artist designation, and a Number One single on the world’s first independent country music chart. She didn't stop there as "Cowgirls" his #1 in New Music Weekly and earned a spot on Music Row in the top 75 list!

    There's so much more about Josey that we can't possibly write down. If you want to know more then visit her website at www.joseymilnermusic.com, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for all her updates and travels.

     

     

    Story Leather: As a performer, what you wear can really define who you are. How does your clothing define you and do you use it to create a message to your audience?

    Josey: My clothing honestly represents who I am. I am never consistent with how I look. I don’t have just one specific style that I tend to wear. If I like it, then I wear it. I don’t need name brands or really expensive clothes, just what I like at that moment. I typically get several uses out of one article of clothing, especially within the past couple of years. I’ve been getting really creative with how I pair different things. I try to always look nice. When I do this, I find that I have more self esteem or feel better about the day. I try to create a positive message with my clothing. I wear clothing that shows I am a ladylike teenager, but can still show a little bit of skin or more of a rebel side without over doing it.

    Story Leather: Do you have role models that you draw your fashion and musical inspiration from?

    Josey: Not necessarily. Like I said, if I like it, then I wear it. I don’t really care what other people think about my outfits. If I feel comfortable in it and like how it looks, than that is all that matters. I don’t look at magazines and wish to look like them girls because that is so unrealistic. I know what I like and what I think is “cute”. I’m me and that’s all I ever want to be. As far as music inspiration, I just kind of draw it from real life experiences. If I think people can relate to it, then I think it is a great song. Country music is all about telling stories and relating to people. That’s why I love it so much.

     

     

    Story Leather: We know performers often have a ritual or a lucky item they carry with them, do you have something like that?

    Josey: I don’t necessarily have a ritual, but I have noticed that right before I get on stage, I get really antsy and tend to dance around a lot. I used to carry a little horseshoe pendant with me in my pocket, but forgot it one time, and the show was still great.

    Story Leather: Cellphones, is there anything you do to make yours stand out and do you have ways to match it to your look?

    Josey: I don’t know if I necessarily make it stand out, but I have a lot of family photos on my phone. My lock screen saver is of Cinderella and Prince Charming and the home screen saver is of my dog, Opry, and me. My case actually has Cinderella and Prince Charming on it as well. I love Cinderella and Disney in general, so I tend to incorporate it a lot in my everyday things. It’s kind of an addiction I guess you could say . . .

    Story Leather: Lastly we wanted to ask about this Facebook game you were featured in, could you tell us about it?

    Josey: This game is a game where you can go on and pretty much create your own little world. They chose me to be like a little avatar on the game by recreating some of my favorite outfits I’ve worn and my signature blue guitar. On this game, you can go and talk to people and pretty much create a world that is not necessarily real, but can create real friendships. It is aimed to actually make a better world by sharing kindness and being there for others.

     

     

     

    (Photos are Courtesy of Josey Milner and MTS Managament Group)

    We wanted to thank Josey for taking some time out of her busy schedule to chat and tell us a bit about her style. We also wanted mention that she has a few shows coming up in May, so be sure to see if you can make 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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    This post was posted in Fashion, Showcase, Promotion, Style Stories, Style Watch, Personal Style, The Weekly Story

  • Story Leather: Unique Mobile Gadgets

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    Everyone has a smart phone and almost every smart phone is considered a mobile office, but not every office is conventional and not every job is the same. So here are some mobile gadgets that caught our attention.

     

    First up we have our favorite Typo Keyboard

    We've covered typo in the past and we're always saying great things about it because it's just that awesome. The typo keyboard converts your iPhone into a typing machine and soon your iPad as well. If you haven't seen one yet just check out their website (http://gettypo.com/) and see what the hype is all about.

     

    (Photo is courtesy of Typo)

    Next up is the Beast Grip.

    I tend to cruise through Kickstarter to see if there are any new and exciting ideas that creators come up with and I came across Best Grip, the first universal and modular camera rig for smart phones. Take what you need, leave what you don't, and if forgot you need it then it's easily added on. At a glance it looks like a crazy contraption, but when you really look at it, well it makes sense. They really took every phone into account and allowed their lenses to be used universally. To get more info, visit their Kick Starter Page

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Beastgrip)

    Finally we wanted round it out with Artiphon's INSTRUMENT 1!

    A bit different that practical, but if you're a lover of music then this might be the coolest item on this list, or at least I think so. Picture this: a guitar, piano, violin, ukulele, etc. that's all wrapped up in a single device. Well That what INSTRUMENT 1 is, a unique device that takes these instruments and rolls it up in a nice package. Obviously a wizard was at work here.

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Artiphon)

    We can't possibly know everything, but luckily Their Kick Starter Page has all the info you'll need.

    Innovation is what brings the world together and these gadgets demonstrate ingenuity and creativity at their best!

    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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    This post was posted in Fashion, Technology, Showcase, Promotion

  • 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


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