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  • iPhone X is Launching in 2 Weeks

    Posted on October 17, 2017 by Jerry Lee

    As we get closer to the launch date, the anticipation is high in terms of how well the phone will sell. Looking at the lackluster sale of the newly announced iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, we are just going to confidently say that the iPhone X, iPhone 10, will be Apple's best selling device in recent years. Even at the $1,000 price tag, we don't believe the Apple die-hards are fazed, there will be a long line waiting outside the Apple store, and there will certainly be a lot of phone cases available for the new iPhone.

    Here at Story Leather, we have lined up our production with a set of back covers, wallet cases and holsters. These items will be releasing in the coming month. Check it out:


    This post was posted in Promotion, News and was tagged with iphone x, iphone 10, iphone x leather case, iphone x leather holster, iphone x belt loop

  • We are Now Taking Custom Orders for Apple's iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X (10)

    Posted on September 21, 2017 by Jerry Lee

    With Apple's announcement of the new and powerful iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X, our team has gone through extensive testing and are now ready to take custom orders for all three phones!  The iPhone 8 and the 8+ will be released tomorrow, with the shiny new glass body, make sure you get a pretty case to match the phone, or get a holster case custom sized to carry the brand new shiny smartphone!

    We are still hard at work in updating our product photos for the iPhone X, so you may see a slight discrepancy, but rest assured that as you go through the customization process, you are now able to choose the iPhone X and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

    Put your custom order in today and perhaps you will get the case before you receive your new phone from Apple! Choose a style and custom build one now: https://www.storyleather.com/smart-phone-cases/apple-iphone-x.html It's also not too early to start planning for those Holiday gifts...hint...hint...


    This post was posted in Promotion, News and was tagged with iphone 8, iphone x, iphone 10, leather cases for iphone 8, iphone 8 leather, iphone x leather, beautiful iphone cases10

  • Apple Just Announced iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X

    Posted on September 12, 2017 by Jerry Lee

    Apple just announced the new iPhone lineup for Fall with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the impressive iPhone X, or 10. The iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus are not much different from the previous year. But the phones with its glass body does add a couple extra millimeters to its overall width and thickness. Where as the iPhone X is completely new! FINALLY! Something that is truly revolutionary, and not just another incremental upgrade.

     


    Image Courtesy of Apple.com

     

    All that said, this simply means the new iPhones will all require new cases, and for now we are ready to custom build holsters and pouch-type cases today! The timing is going to be perfect if you order your iPhone X case now, in which it would be ready and in time for your iPhone X. Customize holsters now for your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X today!

     


    This post was posted in Promotion, News and was tagged with leather case, iphone 8, iphone x, iphone 8 plus, leather sleeve, leather pouch

  • Design Tips When Custom Building Your Own Leather Holster Cases

    Posted on September 7, 2017 by Jerry Lee

    When custom designing your leather holster case (Spring Creek, Deerhill, Murano, Double Decker, Zaza, Montecito, and Montecito 2), please consider the following suggestions:

     

    1. Picking Your Leather Colors & Textures - Please note that we do our best to render the leather color that you see on your monitor to what the actual physical leather good will look like, there will always be discrepancy, albeit slight!

    Choosing your leather color / texture

    Know the Nature of the Leather Types - Although we only use genuine cowhide, calf skin, and lambskin leather, some of the leathers may not feel like leather due to the embossed texture.

    Saffiano Leather - this is genuine cowhide embossed with a vinyl-like texture that is popularized by designer brands such as Prada, Louis Vuitton and the likes.  This type of leather is more of a fashionable and trendy-type leather, and not so much the kind of leather if you are looking for one that feels supple, as you would with traditional leather.

    Smooth Fine Grain - this is the traditional leather that you have come to expect.  The supple leather is calf skin leather that is soft to the touch and gives the leather good the traditional classy look and feel whenever people think of leather goods.

    Pebbled Grain - this leather has a more apparent grainy texture to the touch, and with that said, this is also a more durable leather when it comes to scratches and blemishes. This leather gives you a good balance of the traditional leather feel and durability.

    Ostrich and Crocodile Pattern - this is genuine cowhide embossed with animal print. Please do note that this is not real ostrich leather or real crocodile leather. These are trendy patterns loved by people who are looking for something with a exotic feel.  When personalizing on the animal prints, we offer the option of stamping in gold or silver instead of the default blind embossing to give the personalization better legibility.

     

    2. Specifying Your Device - When building your holster cases, it is very very very important for us to know what device we are building for, and if you are using any protective casing on the smartphone, it is imperative we have the PRECISE dimensions for the phone.  We cannot stress how important this is, as often times we would have customer complain that the case doesn't fit only to find out the customer merely "estimate" or gave approximate dimensions. Please note that a few millimeters will great affect the fitting of the case for your phone!

    Phone Only - If you are just using a bare phone without any cases added to the phone, you would select the "Phone Only" option and then provide us with the device's make and model, be as specific as possible.  Please do not put "iPhone", as there are various sizes for iPhone 5, 6, 7s, 8, etc.

    Phone + 3rd Party Protective Case - If you have added a casing to your phone, whether it's an Otterbox case, a Mophie battery pack case, or just a simple plastic, leather or silicone gel case that you purchased at the mall, please choose this option and provide us with the PRECISE length x width x depth of the device. Be as precise as you possibly can, we suggest you use the millimeter and centimeter side of the ruler when measuring, it's ok to be slightly bigger, just don't under-estimate. As the old saying goes, measure twice and cut once! We recommending measuring three times just to be safe.

     

    3. Choosing a Front Cover Style & Bottom Opening or No Bottom Opening - The cover style is very much subjective to taste and style preference. There's no functional impact on which option you choose here when picking out a cover flap style.  However, when choosing whether to have a bottom opening.  By default, we would always ask customer to include the bottom opening, as this option does come in handy when you need access quickly to the phone. But some customers prefer to have the phone be fully concealed, again due to style preference.

     

    4. Choosing a Back Style - This is the most important functional selection when design your holster case.  This determines how you will be using the holster case.  By default the design is to have your wear this on your waist, so the popular options are belt clips and belt loops.

    Back Insert and Zipper Pouch - These are options merely adds extra functionality (storage) to the leather case, but you do miss out on the ability to wear them on your waist.  The back insert allows storage of 2-3 credit cards, and the zipper pouch is big enough to store a house key or some cash.  The size of the storage is determined by the size of your phone. So if you are planning to fit a credit card into the zipper pouch, and you have an iPhone 5, or even a 6, the zipper pouch will most likely not be big enough to fit your credit card.

    Belt Loop - This is the most secure way to wear your holster, as you would have to thread your belt through the holster to wear this. When choosing this option, you will be given the option to enter your largest belt's width and thickness.  Normal standard belts are about 1.5 inches wide and 1/8" thick.

    Belt Clip (large / small) - These belt clips can clip belts up to 1.5 inches wide, they are strong stationary clips; they do not rotate, and no we don't make clips that rotate.  One consideration when choosing this option is that as phones get bigger, these holsters get bigger as well.  Big holsters tend to get in the way when you sit down, and there are times when the holster will "pop-off" of the belt when they are lifted by your lap when you sit down.  This is no fault of the belt clip, but merely the fact that these holsters are just a bit too big.  One easy solution is to wear the holster closer to the side of your waist/body, and not in-front of your waist/body.

    Clip-On with Anti-Slide - This is a combination of a belt clip and a belt loop. You have the convenience of just clipping the case to your belt, and you have the added security of wrapping the leather strap around your belt to securely hold it in place in those events of the case "popping-off" the belt. This is normally the preferred choice when customer has concerns of case popping off, or when customers order a case that is for the Apple iPhone 7 Plus or bigger devices.

     

    5. Special Request & Notes - This is a text box area just for you to add notes and a phone number for us to call you back on, in case you have questions while placing your order. Here you can also specify some "off-the-menu" options such as stitch/thread color for the case.  By default we use matching thread colors when building your case, but if you would like a contrasting stitch color, please note it here! If you plan to have a monogram or logo stamping included, please note it here as well. Specify where you would like the stamping to go, and we can do it in blind embossing (no color), or gold or silver foil stamping. If you don't specify gold or silver stamping, your stamping is normally blind embossed without color.

     

    6. Personalization - This is where you finish your custom design with a name stamping or a corporate logo.  Please note that we can only work with logos that you have ownership of, we cannot stamp trademarked or copyright logos such as NFL team logo, College logos, Apple logo, etc.  Stamping by default is heat stamped, blind embossed, on the leather good, however, you can request for this to be stamped in Gold or Silver in the Special Request section.  For most cases, they are normally stamped on the front cover's bottom right corner, unless the style does not permit such a location, they would be stamped on the interior or back side, base on our production team's discretion, unless otherwise noted in the Special Request.

     

    Here at Story Leather, we encourage you to be adventurous and build something that is uniquely hours, and what we offer is lots of choices and options that may be overwhelming. Please do email us with any questions or use our online chat service and we will be able to help you with your custom order.

     

    Lastly, please note that although we say these are phone holsters, we have made our holsters to hold medical devices - Medtronic, Dexcom, etc., iPod music players, and more.

    Design Your Leather Phone Holster Now


    This post was posted in Fashion, How To: and was tagged with leather holsters, holsters, belt case, phone holsters

  • Readying for Apple's iPhone 8, 7s, and 7s Plus Leather Cases

    Posted on September 6, 2017 by Jerry Lee

    As we get closer to the September 12th announcement for Apple's upcoming new phones, our team are working on refining our leather cases for the new devices.  With all the major phone companies releasing new flagship devices, this is going to be busy month in preparation for a huge October, November and December!!

    With all the major phones such as the rumored iPhone 8 and the newly released Galaxy Note 8 both going almost bezel-less, with a full front screen, we will no longer be able to build leather frame enclosures around these devices.  So most Cartera, Surrey-style cases would be done in hard shells to keep the phones securely in place.

    We are less than 1 week away, stay tuned as we begin releasing styles for iPhone 8 leather phone cases and Galaxy Note 8 leather cases.


    This post was posted in News and was tagged with iphone 8 leather cases, iphone 7s leather cases, iphone 7s plus leather case, note 8 leather case

  • New Products in the Pipeline - Leather Key Fob Covers for BMW and Mercedes Benz, More Models to Come

    Posted on August 25, 2017 by Jerry Lee

    Here at Story Leather, we are always looking to explore new product categories base on what customers need.  A lot of our customers drive nice and fancy cars, and often times we would be asked if we can produce a key cover for them to match either their custom phone case/wallet, or even the exterior body of their car.

    In the past our response has always been consistent, this is too hard as there are simply too many car makes and models, and what complicates this even more is that every few years, there would be a slight change in the shape of the car key, or car fobs, as they are called nowaday.

    But with constant request and demand, our team decided to explore and we have came up with a few prototypes base on a few car models that have constantly come up with customers' request.  Have a look and let us know what you think:


    Leather Key Fob Covers for BMW


    Leather Key Fob Covers for BMW


    Leather Key Fob Covers for BMW

    The evils are in the details with these leather key covers. The design is to have the key fob remain in the case while you can still access the buttons. Sounds easy, but we have already gone through 10 prototyping iterations to perfect the proper push mechanism so that it is 100% responsive to your touch and effective. More Testing. Stay Tuned...


    This post was posted in Fashion, Showcase, Promotion and was tagged with bmw leather key fob case, benz key cover

  • Working Hard on Apple iPhone 8 Cases

    Posted on August 14, 2017 by Jerry Lee

    With Apple's announcement not coming until next month, everyone in the industry seems to have jumped the gun and started the frenzy with the new iPhone 8 cases.  Here at Story Leather, we are also doing our own due diligence and working on "prototyping" for the all-new iPhone 8.

    With leaks about the specifications of the iPhone 8 coming out daily, most industry professionals are certain that the form factor is no longer a secret, and many case makers are proceeding with production on iPhone 8 cases.  At Story Leather, we are planning on taking a more conservative approach.  We are doing our prototyping, but we are not releasing or taking orders until Apple officially releases the phone.  The last thing we want is to make a custom leather case that doesn't fit your shiny new toy! Stay tuned, and we can't wait till the September announcement!

    Stay tuned...More to Come....

     


    This post was posted in News and was tagged with leather cases, iphone 8, iphone 8 cases, iphone 8 leather cases

  • Travel Light for the Summer with the Our New Line of Ready-to-Ship Goods

    Posted on June 29, 2017 by Jerry Lee

    Summer is upon us and we have produced a line of goods for all the travelers out there. More importantly, we are embarking on a new concept to encourage people to carry less and travel light.  With our new line of goods, starting with the Journey, the idea behind it was to not having to carrying a thick wallet, and simply carry the essential with you - credit cards, driver's license, and perhaps a Starbucks card if you still have one! 
     
    When it comes to consolidation, the all-new Dakota v2 is a keeper!  Loved by everyone, this is literally the end all and be all carrier to consolidate your smart phone, wallet, ear buds, usb cable, etc. Sized big enough to carry everything, yet still slim and minimal, go with the trend and get one of these and stop shoving the iPhone 7 into your back pocket!
     
    The best part with the Dakota v2, it comes with a removable slim card wallet, similar to the Journey, only even smaller.  The ultimate carrier when you want to just carry an ID and a $20 bill; perfect for night out without having to worry about leaving anything behind.
     
    Last but not least, we have the Voyager passport wallet, with summer travels, take one of these passport holders with you! Integrating the same slim card wallet design, you can store all your belongings - passport, boarding pass, foreign currencies, SIM card in this all-in-one wallet, and when it's time to get out for a beer, just take the slim wallet and off you go! Happy travels with Story Leather!
     

     


    This post was posted in Fashion, Showcase, Personal Style and was tagged with voyager passport wallet, dakota travel wallet, journey slim card wallet

  • We can't get enough of iPhone 8 rumors and news!

    Posted on June 22, 2017 by Jerry Lee

    Seems like we can never get enough of iPhone 8 news. But judging by all the emails that we receive from 3rd party casing companies out of China, it looks like the final design of the iPhone 8 is finalized and confirmed, and this information has already been leaked out to the factories. Below are some of the iPhone 8 cases that overseas factories are soliciting for sale:

    and a recent article on Forbes also further confirms our observation that phone case vendors are already beginning to list iPhone 8 cases for sale.

    Here at Story Leather, we will ALWAYS wait until the official release just to make sure the cases that we provide to our customers will be the right and perfect fit.  The iPhone 8 will be a beautiful phone with larger screen, wireless charging, and better water-proofing. Rest assured that we will be taking custom orders for iPhone 8 leather cases and holsters as soon as Apple makes their official announce in Fall.


    This post was posted in News and was tagged with iphone 8 cases

  • All New Apple iPad Pro 10.5" and 12.9" (2nd Gen.)

    Posted on June 8, 2017 by Jerry Lee

    The iPad Pro 10.5-inch and the 12.9-inch have been unveiled at Apple's WWDC 2017.
     

    Image Courtesy of Apple.com

     
    The designs are more or less the same, except for the internal hardware upgrading making for a faster and more powerful model. But aesthetically, they remained the same.
     
    What is new this time around is the introduction of the 10.5-in., and this is getting people excited. Many felt the 12.9 was way too big and heavy, while the 9.7 didn't give a big enough canvas for drawings and real professional work. Taking cues, Apple gave us the 10.5 in., slightly bigger, but more powerful than ever!
     
    Many customers have already been asking us about custom leather cases for the 10.5. Today we are announcing that we are now taking custom orders for both the new iPad Pro 10.5-in and also the 12.9-in (2nd Gen). The new 12.9-in is the same leather case as the one for the original 12.9, so customers of the old 12.9 leather cases can continue using their existing cases.
     
    Custom Build Our Hampton Case for the Apple iPad Pro 10.5 | Pro 12.9 Inch


    This post was posted in Promotion, News and was tagged with leather case, hampton, ipad pro, 10.5, 12.9, smart shell

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