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  • Story Leather Testimonial: Barry!

    Posted on August 4, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Happy Monday to everyone out there. Lets get this week started on an upbeat note, so here's a testimonial from Barry who recently designed his own leather case with us. Here are his thoughts:

     

    I am American and live in Taiwan and have used smart phones since their inception. I have had a myriad of so called leather cases custom made over here, but they are of the poorest quality leather and their life span is quite short....and, they are very expensive. I bought 2 leather custom made Montecito smart phone cases for my Samsung S5 from Story Leather and the quality of the leather and fit for the phone are absolutely perfect, and well priced; I tried only 2 colors and am now ordering additional colors. I highly recommend Story Leather.

    Barry M
    Taipei, Taiwan

     

     

    Here is one of Barry's cases and this particular leather choice Barry has on the outside is the Steel Grey Cross pattern and a Black full grain interior.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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, Testimonial

  • Story Leather Style Stories: Aurora Berill

    Posted on August 2, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    This week’s styles stories we got the extreme pleasure to getting to speak to Aurora Berill all the way from Milan, Italy. Whenever one thinks of fashion Milan is almost always right there at the top and Aurora is at the heart of it. She’s a student, photographer, and the founder and administrator at Elegance of Luxury which is her personal fashion and lifestyle blog. What makes her blog unique is that she’s able to get the news of the latest fashions almost instantly because she’s at the source.  Of course to see the Elegance of Luxury visits her blog at www.eleganceofluxury.com.

     

     

    Story Leather: I’ve always heard that style comes from the originality of the person wearing it. What are your thoughts and what about your style is special/original to you?

    Aurora: Yes, I completely agree with you. Clothes show our personality to the world. This is long running process. First we need to buy some clothes which we can combine together, for example; two different people wearing same dresses. At the first moment, we won't notice any difference. Well, there is a huge difference - clothing combined with our style are expressing who we really are. I have my own original style - a combination of several styles. I don’t think it’s necessary to determine exactly what your personal style is.

     

     

    Story Leather: How has living in Milan influenced your style if it has at all?

    Aurora: Of course, even a random walk through the streets of Milan, can be very inspirational for various combinations of various fashion styles. On the streets of Milan we can see the blend of two completely different styles like rock with a touch of glamour, bohemian with couture and many others. It helps me a lot to combine and emphasize my own style.

    Story Leather: Has starting your own blog influenced your style? Was your style any different prior to starting your blog?

    Aurora: Yes, I've always loved fashion but in a different way. I find that reading fashion magazines is an excellent way to improve our own style and this has led to my growing interest in research. Today I can proudly say that my style has changed and evolved.

    Story Leather: The right accessory can make or break you entire look, are there some items that go with just about any outfit?

    Aurora: Very interesting question that bothers a lot of  women. Our outfit isn't complete without some nice piece of fashion accessories. I think that gold and silver jewelry goes with almost every outfit. I would also like to mention one old rule: 'Less is more'. It happens very often that fashion accessories 'take the game' and the beautiful dress just fades into the background. Don't ruin your look!

     

     

    Story Leather: Just about everyone has a cellphone of some kind, it’s a part of us. From a fashion perspective would you consider you phone a fashion accessory if it were adorned a certain way?

    Aurora: Smartphones play an important role in fashion, for example we can download many fashion applications which guide us through shopping and helps us in creating our own style. Even changing a phone case can facilitate the creation of our outfit.

    I wanted to thank Aurora again for joining us all the way from Milan, Italy! In fact she'll be joining us again for a winter edition where she'll give us some tips about the winter fashion in Milan. Don't forgot to like and follow Aurora on her social media channels, this way you can keep up to date with all the happenings of fashion in Milan.

    Facebook: facebook.com/EleganceOfLuxury

    Twitter: twitter.com/auroraberill

    Instagram: instagram.com/auroraberill

    Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/auroraberill/

    Don't forget to also visit Aurora's website at www.eleganceofluxury.com for all the latest pics and posts on all things fashion and lifestyle!

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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

  • Story Leather: Step by Step Tutorial of our Customizer!

    Posted on July 30, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Whether you're new to our website or a return customer we wanted to just share our brand new customization tool!

    In the past we know that this has been one of the most requested additions to have as it's hard to imagine what you're design might look like. So our team went to work on this customization and were glad to be unveiling all their hard work this week. Keep in mind that we only have it ready for phone cases and wallets so far, but we'll be adding the rest of our products very soon!

    So what I wanted to do is do a simple step by step of how to place you're order. Some steps will be quickly glanced at as it's it would be just making a color selection. To start the first 2-3 steps would be color selection, depending on which design is chosen and with our new customization tool you're able to view just how you case will look with your color combination.

     

     

    After selecting the color you'll then have to let us know if you're using just your plain phone or if you have a protective casing around it. Please note that with certain designs you won't be able to use a protective cover, like that of the Cartera series, Aspen, and the fitted cases. For the designs that do ask whether or not you're using a phone case we will also ask that you provide the following dimensions: length, width, and depth in inches or centimeters. Please provide the exact measurements and our team will be sure to add in a bit of room for you.

     

     

    Moving along, the next few steps would be choosing certain attributes of you case like the front cover, back style, closure style, and hardware if the design permits. If you're ever confused about how certain belt clips might work here's a link to a youtube video we did earlier this year to help.

     

     

     

    The second to last step would be any additional add-ons like a Logo Stamp, Monogram, or any optional add-ons (hand strap, should strap, lanyard, etc.)

     

     

    Lastly you would go to the final screen and review you order to ensure it's what you would like and then check out.

     

     

    In addition to adding in this new tool to our website, you'll notice that we've also added some case styles and new leather selections, but we've also removed some as well. So please take a careful look at our new selection and see if there's something that catches you're eye.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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

  • Story Leather Showcase: Minuum Keyboard

    Posted on July 30, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    It's been a while since we really took a look at a new an innovative app or piece of technology. Well with the recent IO 2014 conference we're happy to show off Minuum. I do understand that it's been out for a while, but when I saw a picture of the Moto360 with the minuum keyboard and I couldn't resist talking about it!

     

    A little back story from the Minuum About Us Section,

    Minuum was developed as a University of Toronto research project: Invent a better way of typing on touchscreen mobile phones without looking. This encouraged us to investigate various device tilting techniques relying on user motion—which we understood to be useful in the field of wearable technology. The Minuum virtual keyboard for touchscreens is simply one extension of this approach. Our original research also led to the development of the disambiguation algorithm, a new alphabet layout, and exciting results based on user studies with various device tilting techniques: We found that people could type at tremendous speeds, using carefully designed audio feedback, without any visual feedback or looking at their phones.

    This is just a snippet of what's on their website so for more please visit http://minuum.com/

    After a week of using the keyboard I'd have to say it's functioned a lot better than I would have anticipated. I had my reservations on how the minimal typing space would work, as I do have larger fingers, but I was pleasantly surprised at how responsive and intuitive the auto correct is. Hat's off to the person(s) who programmed Minuum because it managed to get Leather Phone Case from ldzfbsr phkje rqsc. In my mind what I typed and what I wanted to find we not even close, but they did it.

    Another perk is that I really enjoy the ability of also using a full sized keyboard along with the minimized one. There are certainly situations where I would prefer one over another.

    Pros: The design of Minuum is very clever, uses the layout of the the traditional qwerty keyboard and condenses if in a very usable fashion.

    "Auto Correct" function. The whole keyboard itself should pride itself on the correction feature it has. How it can take a jumble of letters and find the right word 99% of the time is nothing short of awesome.

    Let's not forget the screen availability now that the keyboard is almost non existent.

    Cons: Although intuitive for the person who uses a keyboard on a daily basis, for an average user the learning curve might not be as high, but the expandable keyboard was available for a reason.

    My last con, which is a bit trivial, is that that condensed keyboard is a bit too small to where I'm unable to make out the lettering at time. Again trivial problem at best.

    Overall I'd say this is an amazing keyboard that will definitely be very useful for new tech creations down the road. In fact Minuum just released a fun little video on how it works with Google Glass:

     

     

    Minuum is available for Android and iOS right now; you can even try it out free for 30 days.

    For more info on Minuum you can visit their site at http://minuum.com/ or you can check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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

  • Story Leather Testimonial: James T.

    Posted on July 28, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    To wrap up June and start July here is a great Testimonial and Style insight from James. James had been searching for a unique combination of leather and stitching and was unable to find the right one. In the end we were glad that we could help James out, but first lets get James's thoughts on style:

    Story Leather: What does personal style mean to you?

    James: For me personal style is an extension of my personality. That means attention to detail; I like things to match and have a theme running throughout them - and that theme can just be quality - as opposed to anything else. I like to believe I'm different and therefore I am keen to have my style reflect that difference.

     

    Story Leather: What are some style "do's" and "don't" you try and follow?

    James: Do stay true to yourself.
    Fashion is something you can create - you don't have to follow.
    Do be brave and confident in you own style.
    Don't worry about what others think f your style - you might be in a minority, but there will always be others that will admire your style.

     

    Story Leather: Are there any recent trends that you "Love" or "Hated"?

    James: I'm always fascinated by trends and how they have evolved or come about. I try not to hate trends, although I will often not follow them in pursuit of my own path.
    But if you were to push me on one thing that I do not like it's the penchant for posting "selfies"! Enough already with the self-love. Please ;-)

     

    Story Leather: How did you come across Story Leather and what was your first purchase?

    James:  I love quality black leather accessories with red stitching - and it's not that easy to come across. Searching for "Black and Red Leather iPhone Case" got me to your amazing website. I was in heaven with so many choices that I could make to produce exactly the iPhone 4S case I was after.

     

     

    Here's a look at what James case looks like. James went with a simple and elegant plain black leather with a red chamois to line the interior. The special request was that we use red thread be used for the stitching throughout the phone case which adds an amazing contrast.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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, Testimonial

  • Story Leather Work Accessories: Business Professionals

    Posted on July 26, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Lately we've been contacted by many customers asking us about what case would work best for a business professional. Previous we already did an post on the type of leather to choose, but this one would focus more on function.

    To start we would have to narrow that meaning; a business professional could span a vary large area so I will narrow it down to professions that require you to wear a suit or anything business casual. Still a large field, but this narrows down the designs that would be used for the occasion.

    Of course the popular choice for this area would be our pouch/holster cases like the Deerhill, Zaza, Spring Creek, Murano, and Montecito. If you're sporting two phone then the Double Decker is for you. These would be the best choice as they allow your device to be attached to your belt and ready to use in an instant.

     

     

    A secondary choice would be one of our Wallet Phone Cases like the Cartera, Cartera Connect, Verano, and Aspen. These are designed for the minimalist and function as a wallet and a phone case. The reason for this choice a business accessory based off not only function, but fashion as well. Having a nice wallet case doubles as a nice wallet that only carries what you need. I know some wallets are always bursting at the seams with all the items they fit inside so this is a compliment to the everyday wallet.

     

     

     

    If you have questions on any product you see in this post or in the website be sure to give us a call at 1(800) 539-1688 or send an email to cs@storyleather.com. We'll be continuing to post other items that we come across that are useful/helpful from our customers.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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: What's Our Story

    Posted on July 23, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    At Story Leather we always utter the phrase "what's your story" because we truly believe that every person has a story that can be told in what they carry, wear, or design. This got us thinking about our story and why we got started. We'll here it is:

     

     

    Story Leather was started because we believed that in a place where everything is mass produced there should also be a place that offers something that special that is carefully crafted. So it began with a bag, men and women all need something to carry their items and its tough to find that one item you really want. So our idea was to let each person customize one from the inside out. Soon after we moved to other items such as Men's and Women's wallets, custom carry all items, and then we moved to cellphone covers.

    Almost everyone has a cell phone and they're all the same. we sought to change that up by providing a line of handcrafted cases that would be made individually for each person. From there we moved to creating specialty cases and from past testimonials you've seen all the amazing creations that come from our designers. We also all our customers designers because each case that is customized is designed by the customer. They pick and choose that they want and we make it.

    Here are some of the unique cases that have really caught our attention over the past year.

     

    As you can see, some of these looks similar to our design, but each one was either completely redone or just reworked to match each designer's preference. As each case was designed there's a Story that follows each one and they can be found on our blog under testimonials. Of course this it a really shortened version of the whole story, but our goal still remains the same, crafting quality items designed by our designers (customers). So we leave you, the readers, with this quote from Judy Garland:

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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, Testimonial

  • Story Leather: iPhone 6 is almost here!

    Posted on July 21, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    With August around the corner we know that iPhone 6 is getting ready for release and we wanted to just let everyone know that we'll be working extra hard to get out the new case designs for the iPhone 6. In addition to getting the iPhone 6 designs out we're hoping to introduce a brand new addition to our website as well.

    Check the following link once the iPhone 6 has released for the new stock items that we will be adding in! http://www.storyleather.com/in-stock-items/apple-iphone-6.html

    As for that surprise, you'll have to wait and see, just follow our facebook and twitter for any new updates in the following weeks and month.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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, News

  • Story Leather Testimonial: Gerald

    Posted on July 21, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    It's a new a week and of course that means a new testimonial, or rather a quick shout out from Gerald:

     

    Just received my Spring Creek smartphone holster. The craftsmanship & quality is outstanding. Fits my phone perfectly. Superb ! - a shout-out to you and your staff.

    -Gerald

    Well we'd like to thank Gerald again for the quick kind words and we're happy we could make a case that was everything he wanted. To let everyone get a glimpse of his case, here it is!

     

    It's a Deer hill with a Plain Black Exterior, Red interior and red piping.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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, Testimonial

  • Story Leather Work Accessories: Pilots

    Posted on July 19, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    This week we wanted to add a new addition to our blog posts, this time focusing on items that can help business professionals. As the title implies we're starting off with pilots. We were recently contacted by a pilot asking if we could help him customize a Passport holder/wallet for him because he wanted to have an item that was not only special to him, but was also handy for him while he works.

     

     

    Although I am not a pilot, I can only guess at how much they are on the go so having items that can have multiple functions would be very helpful to them. So again we wanted to introduce our set of Passport Holders, but we wanted to delve more into what we're able to do with them.

    In our pilots case he was looking for a minimalist design as he didn't want to have a lot of bulk while flying or packing so he opted for the 7 card version, which is a good size, but if you're just doing some light traveling then the 5 or 3 card wallet will work perfectly.

    This is just one of the few examples of how this particular item suites this amazing professions, but there are plenty more that we will be talking about in the weeks to come.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, 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

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