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Featured Shop: One Star Leather Goods

Dec 17, 2012

by onestarleathergoods

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My name is Keegan, and I am the sole proprietor of One Star Leather Goods. I sell durable leather carry goods that I make out of my home in Los Angeles, California. I personally design, cut, hand stitch, finish and ship each and every item that leaves my shop – no sewing machines, no employees, no assembly lines and no cut corners.

My products are carried and get constant use — wallets, notebook covers, watch bands, belts, dog collars, phone cases and the like. Because they get heavy wear, I build them to take a beating, to age beautifully, and to grow in character as time takes its toll. There is nothing quite like a gorgeously worn item made from high quality leather.

Whenever possible, I select premium quality materials made in the USA. I source thread from Maine, and most of my leathers from either the Herman Oak Tannery in St. Louis, Missouri, or the legendary Horween Tannery in Chicago, Illinois. Horween has been turning out some of the best leathers on the planet since 1905.

While “the best things in life aren’t things,” the things that you do need should be functional, simple, elegant, durable, and beautiful. I seek out these qualities when I shop for a product and I strive to deliver these five totems in my craft. I hand stitch my products because not only is it more elegant and beautiful, but traditional hand stitching is far more durable than machine stitching. I’m building products that are designed to last for years to come.

Durability is especially important for a “carry good” because as these items age, they grow in value and develop deep histories of their own. They travel with us and bear witness to the passage of time and to our unique experiences. Consider your childhood stuffed animal, now worn and discolored, or your grandfather’s weathered pocket watch. Time and use have transformed what was once a simple item into an heirloom, steeped in profound memories and tales of adventure. In my eyes, these things are priceless and irreplaceable. A well made product will survive to a storied old age, whereas so much of the disposable goods that populate our lives are soon and easily forgotten.

When designing products I try to listen to my gut, but also love hearing outside opinions. Often one person’s vision of a perfect design also appeals to a larger niche audience. For example, my cousin is a talented singer/songwriter living in Brooklyn. Tired of scribbling strokes of genius on diner napkins, he came to me and requested a compact all-in-one combination wallet / notebook / pen. He named my resulting design “The Park Sloper” after his neighborhood and has told me it is a “minor miracle” for him. I love the design and carry it in my back pocket, too (never without a pen and paper – it’s great!). I am amazed that I have now shipped Park Slopers to like-minded strangers all over the world via Etsy!

In a corner of every town, state, or province, there is an independent artisan creating something awesome. What Etsy does is gather these people up from their side streets and small towns and basement studios and bring them together in one place, creating a rich destination for discovering these talented craftspeople and the amazing things they create. What’s more, as demonstrated by The Park Sloper, Etsy gives specialty artisans with unique products the ability to connect with traditionally unreachable, geographically diffuse customers. Finding ten people excited about an obscure or unique product in one town might be impossible — on Etsy, there are a hundred people already looking for that product. Viva la Interwebs!

It is an incredible experience to talk to and sell to and hear the excitement of people from different cultures and all corners of the globe. It is a peculiar rush I get, picturing something I spent time and care creating adorning pockets in Sweden and Australia and Singapore and Dubai. I am grateful for this opportunity to put a smile on a stranger’s face a world away. Thanks Etsy!

Maker photographs by Andrew Brinkhaus, all others by One Star Leather Goods.

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166 comments

  • baleandtwine

    Bale and Twine from baleandtwine said 6 years ago

    Congrats on a great interview and beautiful products! Happy Holidays!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 6 years ago

    Very smart! Congrats on the feature!!!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Love your work! Beautiful! Congrats on the feature!!! :)

  • SnowDayArtist

    Genevieve from SnowDayArtist said 6 years ago

    You take quality and craftsmanship to a whole new level - fantastic work!

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!

  • earlums

    earlums from Earlums said 6 years ago

    "A well made product will survive to a storied old age." This is so very true!.... :) Congrats on the feature!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 6 years ago

    Great quality and variety, love you items! Congratulaitons!

  • klb00e

    Mother Lark from MotherLark said 6 years ago

    wonderful shop. I love that you hand stitch.

  • tamilopez

    Tami Lopez from TamiLopezDesigns said 6 years ago

    Your work and craftsmanship are amazing! I love your attention to detail and thoughtfulness. This is a great feature! All the best to you!!!

  • PyxisJewelry

    Michael Duke from PyxisJewelry said 6 years ago

    Love the wallets! Congrats and thanks for sharing.

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 6 years ago

    Beautiful leather work! This is such great craftmanship. I very much enjoyed reading this.

  • FawningInLove

    Fawning Inlove from FawningInLove said 6 years ago

    Wonderful designs! Congrats on your feature. :]

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    I love that feeling too, of making someone's day you've never met but making their life a little better!

  • treasurebooth

    Kelly from treasurebooth said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats to you :)

  • muffintopdesigns

    cy and d from TheLovelySmith said 6 years ago

    gorgeous gorgeous work!

  • solocosmo

    Jessica Grundy from solocosmo said 6 years ago

    WONDERFUL work!! Congrats on the feature!!!

  • AltogetherLeather

    Anne from AltogetherLeather said 6 years ago

    What beautiful goods! Great interview!

  • Waterrose

    Rose Waterrose from Waterrose said 6 years ago

    Love all of the photos...and your work is amazing!

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware from fineartstoneware said 6 years ago

    Great work!

  • PeonyKnits

    Josie from PeonyKnits said 6 years ago

    Very nice work! Congratulations!!

  • NestedYellow

    Anna Vasquez from NestedYellow said 6 years ago

    Awesome work, Keegan! Your designs and finished products are very well detailed and classic. Congratulations and wishing you much success!

  • silviaberrios1

    Silvia Berrios from DesignsbySilvia said 6 years ago

    Great photos, great products, congrats on FS.

  • saltybirdseaglass

    Julie from SaltyBirdSeaglass said 6 years ago

    Awesomeness. Your shop is very well done! The worn blue background in your photos is beautiful. Happy Holidays!

  • DomesticDance

    Ellen Roberts from DomesticDance said 6 years ago

    I love how you describe the value of an object increasing by the history and experience of the person who owns it! I enjoyed seeing you products and hearing about you goals as a maker of unique and precious objects!

  • optic

    Rhonda from opticdesign said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature. Great Article! Beautiful photography!

  • MVDesignInk

    Marilú from MVDesignInk said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and greatly detailed. Congratulations on the feature!

  • IndigoRain

    Gina Brooks from IndigoRain said 6 years ago

    Beautiful product and craftsmanship. Interesting interview.

  • 925maille

    Leslie Smith from 925maille said 6 years ago

    I like the variety of items you have - even the card reader! Beautiful work. Congratulations on the feature!

  • Bmbyx

    Olga from Bmbyx said 6 years ago

    The Park Sloper is a brilliant idea! I want one :o)

  • zamaani

    Attila Zamaani from Zamaani said 6 years ago

    "A well made product will survive to a storied old age" and possibly to be passed on to the next generation along with its stories... In the olden days, when things were mostly locally produced by proud craftsmen, things were made to 'survive'. And things were made to be fixed if broken! Nowadays, everything is fast, cheap, disposable, plentiful and low quality - no one would want it to survive let alone pass it on to the next generation. So many things are made for a season rather than a lifetime, and then they end up in the trash clogging up this earth. Well done to anyone who believes in what they make and give it their best to be a quality item worth keeping and passing on. Let's have few things of great quality. Thank you Keegan for making these, and Etsy for opening up a virtual gathering place for artisanal quality products.

  • PetitPointFrance

    Sonia from PetitPointFrance said 6 years ago

    Beautiful products and great craftsmanship !

  • JessieArch

    Jessie Archambault from 1509Partridgeberry said 6 years ago

    Beautiful craftsmanship and smart, simple designs! Great interview and congratulations on the feature.

  • TheHickoryTree

    Linda from TheHickoryTree said 6 years ago

    Keegan you are so talented. The Park Sloper is a great invention. I guess I just assumed everyone machine stitched their leather now. It's inspring to see a hand stitched creation out of leather. Beautiful work.

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 6 years ago

    I do so admire the idea that our belongings should "bear witness to the passage of time..." What a beautiful sentiment. I very much agree that the objects which we surround ourselves with should follow us throughout our lives and not be the disposable, replaceable goods we have become accustomed to as a culture. Ephemera is ephemera and of course has it's place. But our wallets, clothing, watches, and furniture should not be the ephemera that now stocks the shelves of Walmart and Ikea.

  • hammswoodworks

    Dave Hamm from hammswoodworks said 6 years ago

    Very nice work, Congratulations on being featured

  • vickiorion

    Vicki Potter from vickiorion said 6 years ago

    Stunning work and inspiring interview. All the best to you for continued success!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 6 years ago

    Very Nice Work! Your five totems are great. Congratulations!!

  • evertonterrace

    Jeanette from evertonterrace said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Keegan! Your goods are beautiful. That Park Sloper is indeed a great idea. I love everything you said and the idea that "In a corner of every town, state, or province, there is an independent artisan creating something awesome". The whole interview made me smile :)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    I love the idea that things that I've made might still be cherished long after I'm dead. And I love the idea that Etsy is filled to bursting with people who are prepared to take the time & trouble to make things that WILL last that long. Laether goods such as belts, keyfobs & wallets are things often overlooked, but items that are crucial to our every day sense of well being. There is nothing more annoying than having one of these items fail because of cheap materials or poor workmanship, & it's well worth paying the price for an item of good quality when it makes your life so much more pleasant & less stressful. Plus, from a purely sensual point of view, nothing smells or feels quite so good as well tanned leather!

  • MagpieWorkshop

    Jeanne Berg from MagpieWorkshop said 6 years ago

    Wow! What beautifully crafted items. There is a real individuality about each of them.

  • jacquelinemay

    Jacqueline Joseph from jacquelinemjdesign said 6 years ago

    Whoo! What I would like to know is...whether or not he's single.

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 6 years ago

    Love your work! Congrats!

  • limestone

    Rocket Ship said 6 years ago

    I couldn't make it through your feature because I had to rush to check out your shop! Well done!

  • MahoganyWayMama

    Darcel Harmon from TheMahoganyWay said 6 years ago

    Amazing. I can tell you take great pride in your work and you truly love what you do. Your items look like they are the best quality. Congratulations on the feature!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Nice and manly! Wonderful craftsmanship.

  • bhangtiez

    Jana from bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    Such an inspiring story! Your creations have a simple and timeless essense felt through your photos and story! Thanks for sharing.

  • LaidBackBay

    Bayley Garbutt said 6 years ago

    Great products and a great guy. His stuff outshines all the generic mass produced leather goods being made out there, for me it even stands out right here on Etsy! I am thoroughly satisfied with my iPhone 5 wallet, enjoying it each day as the leather takes on a character of its own. Keegan keep up the good work!

  • RECCIEatETSY

    Clarice Booth from RECCIEatETSY said 6 years ago

    Beautiful leather pieces! I have to admit, although my personal skill working with leather is close to nil, leather made items are my ultimate favorite products to own. Leather ages, becomes softer, develops a rich patina, and has a pleasant aroma that only leather can have; where as other materials just seem to get old. Thank you for sharing you wonderful craft skills and congratulations on the feature. Blessings.

  • SewDutchBabyBoutique

    Mandy from SewDutchDesigns said 6 years ago

    I also love that you hand stitch! Such awesome work... Congrats on your success!

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature Keegan. I really like the watchband. It looks like it will really stand the test of time. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Lovely work.

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox said 6 years ago

    Your stitches are so even, I'm impressed. I love the Park Slopers!

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 6 years ago

    I used to be a leather worker for many years before switching to metals via making my own fittings. There is a type of needle that i used for tight thong work that is made of brass and has one end pointed and the other end is hollow with a screw thread tapped into it. The thong twists into the end and thus there is no resistance. This simple tool was a godsend to me. i wonder if it still exists?

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 6 years ago

    I am so glad you hand sew all your leather goods. Amazing work.

  • mystoplooking

    jinny from daliart said 6 years ago

    very nice work

  • Daniblu

    Daniblu from Daniblu said 6 years ago

    Lovely products! Congrats!

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDene Moneuse from JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 6 years ago

    Wow! Gorgeous Items and a wonderful, inspiring attitude! Thanks so much for sharing your story, Happy Holidays!, JoDene

  • bellaoceana

    Debbie Sorsoleil-Dierkes from MakeStory said 6 years ago

    Beautiful creations and lovely needle work. I met you at the recent Patchwork Festival in Santa Ana and it's great to see you featured. Congratulations!

  • cottonbirddesigns

    Angela Cotton from CottonBirdDesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work congratulations!

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons said 6 years ago

    Amazing work. Congratulations on the feature

  • LEXIBAGS

    Marcie Adams - Commercial Use Digital Graphics and Printable Art from HAUTEGRAPHIQUE said 6 years ago

    I just LOVE your work! You are such an inspiration to all of us here on Etsy!♥

  • PeridotMountain

    PeridotMountain from PeridotMountain said 6 years ago

    We are only a mountain.... but... in our humble opinion.... not only your creations but your path to creating is 5 stars.

  • alexibon

    Alexia Alexia from IdyllWyse said 6 years ago

    I've been looking for a particular type of phone case and you actually make them! May be placing an order in the near future.... Congratulations -- beautiful work!

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Congrats on the FS!!

  • knitsandsews

    Kara M from HeirloomModern said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work - the Park Sloper is an item that many people would love! Best of luck!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!

  • ripecardsandjewelry

    Adriana from ripeshop said 6 years ago

    Fantastic feature! So happy to see handcrafted goods like these still being made :)

  • hugoauler

    Hugo Auler said 6 years ago

    I love your work, congratulations!

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Great work!

  • furniply

    Ingus Jākobsons from Furniply said 6 years ago

    Congrats on feature.

  • Fabulize

    Fabulize from Fabulize said 6 years ago

    Beautiful handcrafted leather goods. Love it.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadot magpie from polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    So well done! Congrats.

  • Kamiann

    Kami from Kamiann said 6 years ago

    I ADORE the simplicity of your pieces!

  • OneLaneRoad

    Becky from OneLaneRoad said 6 years ago

    I can just tell your products are very well made! Loved the interview, well done.

  • HolmesandWatson

    Jenni and Jessi Obloy from HolmesandWatson said 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness, I was browsing your shop just the other day! Fantastic creations. Congratulations on the feature!

  • ShopRethink

    Joel and Erika Snayd from ShopRethink said 6 years ago

    Wow, talk about a quality craftsman!

  • LynnyA

    Lynn Heigh from VineAndBranchStudio said 6 years ago

    I love the "functional, simple, elegant, durable, and beautiful." statement, functional things we use all the time should be all of that! If we are going to touch something everyday, it should provide a little lift to the spirit. Beautiful work, congratualtions on being featured.

  • hasincla

    hasincla from travelwanderings said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! I love that you're thinking about not just creating an object, but an heirloom. When someone chooses your leather goods, it shouldn't be on a whim, it should be for *life* which is awesome! Something that can grow old with you is really valuable and collects memories just like you've said. What a wonderful thing to create!

  • fmccalla

    Faith Saunders from KeepsakesByFaith said 6 years ago

    Great work, thanks for creating items that are durable.

  • cafnav

    Jun Yuasa from cafnav said 6 years ago

    Very passionate Keegan, let us know if you are planning to make a kindle paperwhite leather cover anytime soon. I'd be keen. Right everyone :o ?

  • honeypixels

    honeypixels from honeypixels said 6 years ago

    I luv the simple designs! Nice feature story. Keep up the good work!

  • onestarleathergoods

    One Star Leather Goods from OneStarLeatherGoods said 6 years ago

    Wow, thanks everyone for the overwhelming good words! You can keep up with me at my website: www.onestarleathergoods.com. There are links there to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well. Craft on, Crafties!

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 6 years ago

    I'm very impressed that you hand stitch your products! My husband used to build saddles and tack and he never used a machine! I know the amount of time and effort you put in these pieces! Herman Oak was his favorite leather to use so I see you're not skimping on quality anywhere! Congrats on the feature and wishing you continued success!

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 6 years ago

    Your work is wonderful!!

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 6 years ago

    Such lovely quality and artistry! Congratulations!

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute said 6 years ago

    I love seeing your hands at work in this editorial! It shows how much of yourself you put into your craft. Congrats on the feature!

  • Lilena

    Nita from Lilena said 6 years ago

    I'm so happy to have discovered your shop. Your artistry is outstanding. What an inspiring interview! Congratulations on the feature.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Great creations and handwork!

  • HuellaHuella

    Fabiola Friedman from HuellaHuella said 6 years ago

    Wonderful designs and shop! Congrats!

  • MeadowlandDesigns

    Catherine Sorensen from MeadowlandDesigns said 6 years ago

    It's wonderful how you embrace the artistry of your craft and take the time to produce an item of high quality that is begging to be used & enjoyed. I know that with my own craft there is something enchanting about looking at a finished piece & knowing that it was made completely by hand with loving attention to detail. ~ Catherine

  • JaspersRomance

    Anna Buitendorp from ASplendidStory said 6 years ago

    Fantastic products...congrats on the feature.

  • bagladiesinpa

    Lisa Holman from XSBaggageandCo said 6 years ago

    I am in awe of your hand stitching!

  • AllyCat123

    Ally Sinclair said 6 years ago

    Amazing, Congratulations on the feature, you deserve it!

  • SplitEndsDesigns

    Myy from LACactus said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    You gave such a great interview and your work is so amazing. Much continued success!!!

  • roslynnelson

    Roslyn Nelson said 6 years ago

    I love leathers. And my fascination with them grew as I grow older. I absolutely love this range of products you have. Keep up the good work and I look forward to more cool stuffs from you, Keegan!

  • ShuliDesigns

    Shulamit Raanan from ShuliDesigns said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! You have such a great talent and your items are just wonderful!

  • birchandbliss

    Michelle from BirchandBliss said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Love your work!

  • epicstitching

    Mel Ladner from epicstitching said 6 years ago

    I love this line: "the things that you do need should be functional, simple, elegant, durable, and beautiful" It's so true that they need to be functional but we also want them to be pretty AND last a long time. Leather is an amazingly hard material to work with and so I commend you on not only your outlook on your products but your amazing ability at your craft.

  • HandmadeIsAllAround

    HandmadeIsAllAround from iammieOWLshop said 6 years ago

    Neat work! Congrats!

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats!

  • fantasyflightstudios

    fantasyflightstudios from FantasyFlightStudios said 6 years ago

    What fantastic items. Very beautiful work. Love the hand stitching, it looks perfect. Congratulations! Wish you all the best and have a wonderful holiday!!!

  • PiacereMioPaperie

    Nancy from PiacereMioPaperie said 6 years ago

    Keegan, beautiful story. Your talent is amazing, as well as your humble heart.

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 6 years ago

    Love your work!

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame from FreshFromtheFlame said 6 years ago

    I love that you hand stitch. Great photos of your work too. Best of luck.

  • jewelsbymoon

    moon from jewelsbymoon said 6 years ago

    Lovely , congrats!

  • ValeriaFast

    Valeria Fast from ValeriaFastJewelry said 6 years ago

    Love your shop, your products and the smell of the leather!!!! Good luck!

  • emwi

    Emily Wirt from emwi said 6 years ago

    Really beautiful work! It looks so polished. I've always wanted to try working with leather. You make it look so easy! Congrats on the feature. :)

  • esspressions

    Sandra from Esspressions said 6 years ago

    Nice work. However, would like you to consider using artificial leather. I would never buy a real leather product. It is like wearing a dead animal with you.

  • lorenabr

    Balea-Raitz from LorenasLaceDesigns said 6 years ago

    It's such a lovely shop! Thanks for sharing!

  • bluecrystallady

    crystallady from garteronly said 6 years ago

    Love your work.... Thanks for sharing....

  • needleyou

    Leslie Richardson Dryg from NeedleYou said 6 years ago

    Great work! Congratulations!

  • inturquoisesky

    asu from THEFAIRYTHINGS said 6 years ago

    Good work... Congrats... Thanks....

  • dmtgun3

    Demet Gunuc from dmtgun3 said 6 years ago

    wooww!!rustic and eco ideas!

  • cutenessx

    Melanie from ShopBuyLove said 6 years ago

    I LOVE his philosophy that things arent important, but having a "well made" and functional item is.

  • zzknitz

    Zareena from LuvCrocheting said 6 years ago

    What great products!

  • SweetSincerity

    Bethany Coulombe from SweetSincerity said 6 years ago

    you are an amazing writer a a well!

  • shellypsoulcircles

    Shelly Porter from ShellyPorterArtworks said 6 years ago

    Fabulously authentic and down to earth interview...I love seeing how your work is created up close. I never realized how much minute hand labor was involved. That makes the gift even more worth the giving (even to yourself). I also love seeing a guy artisan being successful on Etsy! Thank Keegan & thanks Etsy!

  • ejaejovna

    Nyuta Orlova from EjaEjovna said 6 years ago

    Oh, how beautiful are your works! Congrats with feature!

  • melsumn1

    Melz Toyz from melsumn1 said 6 years ago

    Love your work, nice clean style. Congrats on the feature.

  • FireIslandSoap

    Billy Bubbles from FireIslandSoap said 6 years ago

    love the attention to detail! KOWABUNGA!

  • PleasantFolk

    Pleasant Folk from PleasantFolk said 6 years ago

    What an amazing story Keegan. It is nice to see pictures of your actual process. How did you learn leatherworking and how did you accumulate your supplies?

  • Mylana

    Clare Corcoran from Mylana said 6 years ago

    Really great feature!

  • JonEicher

    Jon Eicher from JonEicher said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • TStyles

    Tsetsi La Mode from TsetsiLaMode said 6 years ago

    Great work!

  • ShilohValleyFarm

    Josh n Hannah from ShilohValleyDesigns said 6 years ago

    congratulations on the feature. looking good!

  • BeaconMills

    Patrick from BeaconMills said 6 years ago

    Hand stitching (in leather) IS stronger than machine usually but, it's so tough on the hands, not to mention time consuming! Good luck with the business.

  • DandelionByAngelaB

    Angela Birdsall from DandelionByAngelaB said 6 years ago

    There is nothing quite like the feeling of slipping a package into the mail and knowing that soon someone far away will be using the item you put so much of yourself into! Congratulations on the feature. beautiful work.

  • guext65

    JW Lin from JWPersonalShop said 6 years ago

    Nice work..

  • galliageorgieva

    Gallia Georgieva from LouiseHangBoutique said 6 years ago

    Congratulations for the feature, Keegan! It is exciting to see another creator here on Etsy who only uses two hands for his handmade. No sewing machines - my words too; and I also like to balance between personal and other people's opinions. Keep "carrying good" on!

  • KanzashiHairFlowers

    Haylee Allison from CrystalFiligree said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! I love the wallets :) All the best!

  • Paperstarz

    Paperstarz said 6 years ago

    *Instant fan* Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship. Nothing like a nice piece of aged leather. Congratulations on your feature and will definitely have to get one of your Field Notes Wallet for my husband! (Perfect Valentines gift!)

  • onestarleathergoods

    One Star Leather Goods from OneStarLeatherGoods said 6 years ago

    A couple answers to questions posed here: - I am all self-taught. The internet is a great teacher and it allows access to masters all over the world. You can learn a lot with a careful eye and some brain power. I get supplies locally and shipped from out of state (leather from a distributor here in California and also direct from the tanneries in St. Louis and Chicago). I try to buy high quality tools so they will last rather than what is cheap. Higher upfront costs, but I think it pays off in the end. - While I am a naturalist and an environmentalist, the leather I use is a by-product of the meat packing industry (waste, really) which is then repurposed. So while eating big brand meat can be guilt-inducing (way better to buy from your local farmer), I don't feel the same guilt when working with leather. - My other trades are filmmaking (www.mkeeganuhl.com) and photography (www.keeganuhlphotography.com). All three crafts definitely blur the lines between "job" and "hobby." I guess I count myself lucky in that respect. Thanks again for the overwhelming outpouring of support. It really means a lot to me. After all, isn't that the base level of why we do this--to bring happiness to other people? :)

  • MariselaRivera

    Caldas Bijoux from CaldasBijoux said 6 years ago

    Information is well organized, love the product, the pictures, everything. Congratulations, Marisela

  • PearlAmourJewels

    Asma from PearlAmourJewels said 6 years ago

    Truly one of a kind products that look like they would last a life time. Congrats on the feature and love the star!

  • INKhandcrafted

    Ikhlas and Kawthar from INKhandcrafted said 6 years ago

    Awesome! Congrats dude. Love your work!

  • thebeadgirl

    lisa lehmann from thebeadgirl said 6 years ago

    wow. so gorgeous. thank you for sharing your story. and congrats on the feature!

  • Railin

    Mel from Cuteling said 6 years ago

    Ahh, love great, simple leather accessories! Great style and design, love your shop :) Congrats on the FS :))

  • zarincon

    Zandra Rincon from AllSheCraves said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items and excellent quality, congrats!!!!

  • PinwheelStudio

    Whitney from PinwheelStudio said 6 years ago

    Fantastic work, both craftsmanship and design! Congrats on the feature!

  • NBGlass

    Natalie B from NBGlass said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous pieces! You are definitely on my go-to list now! :)

  • mellymelcreations

    Melissa from mellymelcreations said 6 years ago

    Loving the Minimalist wallets........congrats!

  • theshack

    Alex Trumble from theshack said 6 years ago

    Very nice.

  • instantawesome

    Instant Awesome from instantawesome said 6 years ago

    LOVE YOUR LEATHER GOODS! awesome!

  • faransa

    faransa said 6 years ago

    Oh neat, I just bought a wallet from this shop yesterday. Congratulations Keegan!

  • thenakedbird

    Brooke Griffin from GideonAndBrisby said 6 years ago

    oh my gosh!!!! look at you! you didn't mention you were going to be the featured seller at the santa ana patchwork, this is so exciting! i totally forgot to take your card and I was going to try to find your shop on here this week, how funny! congratulations!

  • just4theartofit

    Steve Nicholson from just4theartofit said 6 years ago

    Nice leatherwork! Congrats on the feature.

  • CreativityHappens

    Barbara from CreativityHappens said 6 years ago

    Keegan, I feel as if I know you now and WOW, does that make me want to have one of your wallets... Your work is wonderful and your passion for it shows... Congrats! Great article!

  • monlyn25

    Monica C from MomoSeaJewelry said 6 years ago

    I love your work! It is so sleek and pure!

  • firuzangoker

    Firuzan Goker from firuzangoker said 6 years ago

    beautiful work! congratulations

  • NicoleGHDesignHouse

    Nicole House from NicoleGCreativeHouse said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! That's so cool, products are very useful and simple, I love simple.

  • Manjuzaka

    Eden Some from Manjuzaka said 6 years ago

    Readable!

  • mingtaphotography

    Mingta Li from mingtaphotography said 6 years ago

    Nice art works! Congrats!

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 6 years ago

    Appreciate your dedication to making each piece durable and useable for such a long time to come! Great shop-congrats on the feature!

  • zakarihonsen

    Zachary Smith-Johnson from FireflowerStudios said 6 years ago

    that watch is fatastic

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns said 6 years ago

    These are gorgeous and so well made! Congrats on doing it all yourself - believe me, I know how much work that is!

  • butikonline83

    Hendri . from butikonline83 said 6 years ago

    Readable!

  • MuleSkinnerBags

    Roel Bakker from MuleSkinnerBags said 6 years ago

    There is a warmth and character in leather that I can't find in any other material. I used to make musical instruments in exotic woods, and that came close... but when you spread a new hide across the cutting table, select just the right place to cut, and then begin to move and form it into a project... there is just nothing like it. I understand your passion.

  • CraftyDad

    Michael Hawkins from CraftyDad said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a very successful 2013!

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 6 years ago

    Nice work! These look to be of very high quality. Congrats on the post!

  • elizabethtriggs

    Elizabeth from LeadOnDogs said 6 years ago

    You are so right about the qualities of leather. I love working with kangaroo, how it works into a beautiful plait, how it softens as it ages. Your shop has wonderful items, to be used and appreciated for years. Congrats.

  • mullinskim

    Kim Mullins said 6 years ago

    such lovely things! I will be watching out for your shop to reopen i am hoping i can afford a note book cover (sloper?), how did you learn to do leather work? its inspired me!

  • Lillyan31

    Yilan Wang from Yilanworkshop said 4 years ago

    I love leather products.

  • JohnDevis

    John Devis said 4 years ago

    I like the mixed bag of things you have - even the card peruser! Excellent work. Congrats on the gimmick! http://www.getmyleather.com/product/sons-of-anarchy-mens-leather-jacket

  • leathergoodsinspain

    leather goods in Spain said 4 years ago

    A totally handmade leather goods and high quality, has much merit that only one person can do all the work carrying these high quality products made ​​from leather, such as sewing, leather painting, cut, lowering the leather, pasting pieces. On my last trip to Spain I witnessed the development of a production line totally handmade leather goods factory Stefano Pallas I could see that to reach product quality required many hours busy hands and artisans privileged as you. Greetings.

  • stevesurf

    Stephen Surfaro said 4 years ago

    Keegan, it was great to see you at the LA Pen Show; needless to say, there's a reason you had a crowd around you! Your products are even better in person, if that is possible, and the use of Horween leather is stellar!

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