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Quit Your Day Job: leatherprince

Oct 5, 2009

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Beon and Candy of leatherprince met online and dated long distance from Singapore and Taiwan before Candy moved to Singapore and the pair married. They have backgrounds in shoe repair and lab work and for a short while Candy helped out repairing shoes with Beon. It wasn’t long before they came up with the idea to take the leather stitching skills Beon acquired, pair them with Candy’s love for illustration, and develop the business idea for leatherprince. They both feel strongly that they would not be able to make a living selling their leather accessories in Singapore if it weren’t for Etsy’s global reach, and they plan to keep growing their business in the future.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I used to be a cobbler in Singapore working for my father and Candy was a lab assistant in Taiwan before we got married in June 2007, which ended a long distance relationship of three years. We met each other on the Internet, fell in love and got married, and now we run an Internet business together — amazing! Candy moved to Singapore and helped in our cobbler stall but we soon found the shoe repair work to be unsatisfying, as we both wanted to draw cartoons instead. At that time, I was learning leathercraft from our friend Cody. An idea flashed in my head that we would be able to utilize our own illustrated designs with colorful leather and this is how we started leatherprince!

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
We just thought that we could earn some extra income with our craft, but things became more successful each day. To be frank, we had extra pressure when we started in April of 2008, because our circle of friends and environment are predominantly Chinese-speaking and we decided to sell on an English-speaking site. A big thank you goes to our friend, Ling, who introduced us to Etsy and has helped us a lot along the way to overcome the language barrier and any problems we have faced. After 9 months of handling our shop, we sat down one day to discuss if we wanted to work on leatherprince full time as more than just a hobby.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
We didn’t really plan too much ahead. We don’t allow ourselves to think about failing on Etsy, we try to stay positive even when sales are slow; we take that time to focus more on our designs and always make new things to keep our shop fresh. There’s a Chinese word that means “fate,” which we strongly believe in; we can never know what will happen next but we choose to enjoy what we are doing right now and live happily.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
We will list a few new items or renew items 5 to 6 times a day or more in different time zones, this method works well for us. We have a blog, Flickr, and Facebook page for our social networking. We enjoy making custom orders, requesting that the buyer name the item for us and write a little story on why they wanted the design — this way, we can have record of why the design was created, particularly if we decide to sell more of the design in our shop. We find this is meaningful to us, using our craft to fulfill someone’s needs, and hope we can handle every request. We believe our best marketing is by word of mouth from our customers, family and friends.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
We think that every kind of promotion is good, we can never predict when someone will discover our products, so we just do as much promotion as possible.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • Candy wakes up at 6:30 a.m. to take our dog for a walk. She makes breakfast at 8:45 a.m. and I usually wake up at 9 a.m. We turn on the computer and have breakfast together before checking any emails or Convos from the previous evening.
  • 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: I answer all of our Convos and emails and work in our studio if there are any orders to fill. I’ll also work to build up our inventory or work on new designs.
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: We have lunch and I take our dog for a walk, watch the news and get some rest.
  • 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: After some rest we go back to the studio to continue working. Candy packs orders if there are any left, then I go to the post office.
  • 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.: Dinner and family time with our dog, Mao Bao, and our two cats, MoMo and Machi. We stitch our keychains while we watch TV.
  • 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.: I surf the Internet, check up on our shop, and play Bejeweled Blitz for a while on Facebook if I have the time (that’s the only game I LOVE to play). Candy will go to bed around midnight and I usually go to bed after 2 a.m.


What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
We really enjoy being a team, being our own bosses, and having a break anytime we want. We are glad to have each other to share the workload and we brainstorm ways to improve our shop all the time. Sometimes we work alone and it’s so lonely!  What I miss about my day job is my boss, my dad. He taught me shoe repair skills, as well as most of the hand-stitching methods we use on our items. Thank you, Dad!

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
If we could go back in time, we would do the same thing: start small, work hard, and focus on our designs to make them our own. This is the same advice we would share with others.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
We hope our business will get better and better in the coming year! We have opened a shop with Candy’s twin sister, Yen. She will be helping with our designs (and her own in felt) over at feltprince. We hope she can join us full time soon.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
We are very grateful to have Etsy to sell our products. If it weren’t for Etsy, we don’t think we could do our leathercraft full time. Thank you very much, Etsy! And thank you to all of our customers! I would also like to thank all of my family in Singapore for their full support and understanding. Thank you!

 

Thanks to Beon and Candy for sharing their story. 

You can see some of their beautiful work in the Related Items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

Small size - Flora the Shiba Inu vegetable tanned leather Bag charm  ( Brown / white )
Small size - Flora the Shiba Inu vegetable tanned leather Bag charm ( Brown / white )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Happy the Shih Tzu cowhide leather charm ( Brown/white )
Small size - Happy the Shih Tzu cowhide leather charm ( Brown/white )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Annie the Dachshund cowhide leather charm with lobster clasps ( black )
Small size - Annie the Dachshund cowhide leather charm with lobster clasps ( black )
leatherprince
$59.00 USD
Small size - Beon the cowhide horse leather bagcharm ( All Black )
Small size - Beon the cowhide horse leather bagcharm ( All Black )
leatherprince
$65.00 USD
Leatherprince Cherry leather bagcharm with lobster clasps version ( red )
Leatherprince Cherry leather bagcharm with lobster clasps version ( red )
leatherprince
$59.00 USD
Small size - Taka the Ninja cowhide leather charm ( Red )
Small size - Taka the Ninja cowhide leather charm ( Red )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Beon the Epi leather horse charm ( Baby pink )
Small size - Beon the Epi leather horse charm ( Baby pink )
leatherprince
$65.00 USD
Big size - Deuce the Boston Terrier cowhide leather charm ( Black / White )
Big size - Deuce the Boston Terrier cowhide leather charm ( Black / White )
leatherprince
$70.00 USD
Small size - Beon the leather horse keychain with lobster clasps ( Black )
Small size - Beon the leather horse keychain with lobster clasps ( Black )
leatherprince
$69.00 USD
Small size - Gil the giraffe cowhide leather charm ( Light Yellow )
Small size - Gil the giraffe cowhide leather charm ( Light Yellow )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Tino the Jack Russell cowhide leather charm with lobster clasps version ( White / brown )
Small size - Tino the Jack Russell cowhide leather charm with lobster clasps version ( White / brown )
leatherprince
$59.00 USD
Small size - Kawaii the schnauzer cowhide leather charm ( Light Grey /White )
Small size - Kawaii the schnauzer cowhide leather charm ( Light Grey /White )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Ruby the Pug cowhide leather charm ( beige )
Small size - Ruby the Pug cowhide leather charm ( beige )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Dory the Dolphin cowhide leather charm ( grey )
Small size - Dory the Dolphin cowhide leather charm ( grey )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Apple cowhide leather charm ( Red )
Small size - Apple cowhide leather charm ( Red )
leatherprince
$45.00 USD
Small size - MoMo the Cat cowhide leather charm ( white )
Small size - MoMo the Cat cowhide leather charm ( white )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Big size - Cody the Panda cowhide leather charm ( Black / white )
Big size - Cody the Panda cowhide leather charm ( Black / white )
leatherprince
$70.00 USD
Small size - James the Schnauzer cowhide leather charm ( Light Grey )
Small size - James the Schnauzer cowhide leather charm ( Light Grey )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Fanny the Owl cowhide leather charm ( Apple green )
Small size - Fanny the Owl cowhide leather charm ( Apple green )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Ashbren the Skull cowhide leather charm ( Black / white )
Small size - Ashbren the Skull cowhide leather charm ( Black / white )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Gil the giraffe cowhide leather charm ( Bright Yellow )
Small size - Gil the giraffe cowhide leather charm ( Bright Yellow )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Ginger the Shih Tzu cowhide leather charm ( White / beige )
Small size - Ginger the Shih Tzu cowhide leather charm ( White / beige )
leatherprince
$59.00 USD
Small size - Mini Clover the vegetable tanned leather leather charm ( Green )
Small size - Mini Clover the vegetable tanned leather leather charm ( Green )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Flora the Shiba Inu vegetable tanned leather charm with lobster clasps ( Brown / Beige )
Small size - Flora the Shiba Inu vegetable tanned leather charm with lobster clasps ( Brown / Beige )
leatherprince
$59.00 USD
Small size - Beon the vegetable tanned leather horse keychain with lobster clasps ( Navy blue )
Small size - Beon the vegetable tanned leather horse keychain with lobster clasps ( Navy blue )
leatherprince
$69.00 USD
Small size - Louie the English Staffordshire cowhide leather charm ( Dark grey )
Small size - Louie the English Staffordshire cowhide leather charm ( Dark grey )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Beon the Unicorn cowhide horse charm ( White with light gold cowhide mane/tail )
Small size - Beon the Unicorn cowhide horse charm ( White with light gold cowhide mane/tail )
leatherprince
$65.00 USD
Small size - Beon the vegetable tanned leather horse keychain with lobster clasps version ( Dark green  )
Small size - Beon the vegetable tanned leather horse keychain with lobster clasps version ( Dark green )
leatherprince
$69.00 USD
Small size - Sam the Shih Tzu cowhide leather charm ( Black )
Small size - Sam the Shih Tzu cowhide leather charm ( Black )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Hez the Pirate cowhide leather charm ( Black / Red  )
Small size - Hez the Pirate cowhide leather charm ( Black / Red )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Bobby the big head pug leather charm with lobster clasps version ( Beige )
Small size - Bobby the big head pug leather charm with lobster clasps version ( Beige )
leatherprince
$59.00 USD
Small size - Sammy the Swiss Mountain Dog cowhide leather charm in lobster clasps version ( Black / White )
Small size - Sammy the Swiss Mountain Dog cowhide leather charm in lobster clasps version ( Black / White )
leatherprince
$59.00 USD
Small size - Silly the Border Collie cowhide leather Bagcharm ( Black )
Small size - Silly the Border Collie cowhide leather Bagcharm ( Black )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Mandy the schnauzer cowhide leather charm ( Light Grey /White )
Small size - Mandy the schnauzer cowhide leather charm ( Light Grey /White )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Kenny The French Bulldog cowhide leather charm with black lobster clasps version ( Dark gray )
Small size - Kenny The French Bulldog cowhide leather charm with black lobster clasps version ( Dark gray )
leatherprince
$59.00 USD
Small size - Cindy the Shiba Inu cowhide leather charm ( Black / white )
Small size - Cindy the Shiba Inu cowhide leather charm ( Black / white )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small Size - Leatherprince Lotus leather charm ( Baby pink )
Small Size - Leatherprince Lotus leather charm ( Baby pink )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Max the Golden Retriever cowhide leather charm ( Brown )
Small size - Max the Golden Retriever cowhide leather charm ( Brown )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Tina the bull terrier cowhide leather charm ( White )
Small size - Tina the bull terrier cowhide leather charm ( White )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Big size - Eiji the Samurai cowhide leather charm ( Black )
Big size - Eiji the Samurai cowhide leather charm ( Black )
leatherprince
$70.00 USD
Small size - Cody the Panda cowhide leather charm ( Black / white )
Small size - Cody the Panda cowhide leather charm ( Black / white )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Joey the Snake cowhide Epi leather charm ( Black )
Small size - Joey the Snake cowhide Epi leather charm ( Black )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Rong the Cow cowhide leather charm ( Rainbow color )
Small size - Rong the Cow cowhide leather charm ( Rainbow color )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Sam The French Bulldog cowhide leather charm with black lobster clasps version ( Black )
Small size - Sam The French Bulldog cowhide leather charm with black lobster clasps version ( Black )
leatherprince
$59.00 USD
Small size - Laura the Elephant cowhide leather charm with lobster clasps version ( Dark Blue )
Small size - Laura the Elephant cowhide leather charm with lobster clasps version ( Dark Blue )
leatherprince
$59.00 USD
Small size - Kelvin the Monkey cowhide leather charm ( baby Pink  )
Small size - Kelvin the Monkey cowhide leather charm ( baby Pink )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Beon the leather horse charm ( Lizard printed blue )
Small size - Beon the leather horse charm ( Lizard printed blue )
leatherprince
$65.00 USD
Small size - Snowy the Pomeranian cowhide leather charm ( White )
Small size - Snowy the Pomeranian cowhide leather charm ( White )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Cookie the Maltese cowhide leather charm ( White )
Small size - Cookie the Maltese cowhide leather charm ( White )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Polly the Pig cowhide leather charm ( Fuschia )
Small size - Polly the Pig cowhide leather charm ( Fuschia )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size -  Mila the wire fox terrier cowhide leather charm ( Brown / white )
Small size - Mila the wire fox terrier cowhide leather charm ( Brown / white )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Hadrian the Elephant cowhide leather charm ( Grey )
Small size - Hadrian the Elephant cowhide leather charm ( Grey )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Dino the Dinosasour epi leather charm ( Green )
Small size - Dino the Dinosasour epi leather charm ( Green )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Puff the Dragon cowhide leather charm ( Baby Pink )
Small size - Puff the Dragon cowhide leather charm ( Baby Pink )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Deuce the Boston Terrier cowhide leather charm with black lobster clasps ( Black / White )
Small size - Deuce the Boston Terrier cowhide leather charm with black lobster clasps ( Black / White )
leatherprince
$59.00 USD
Small size - Tina the Poodle cowhide leather charm with lobster clasps version ( White )
Small size - Tina the Poodle cowhide leather charm with lobster clasps version ( White )
leatherprince
$59.00 USD
Small size - PiPi the Chow Chow cowhide leather charm ( Brown )
Small size - PiPi the Chow Chow cowhide leather charm ( Brown )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Clover epi leather charm ( Green )
Small size - Clover epi leather charm ( Green )
leatherprince
$55.00 USD
Small size - Beon the horse leather bagcharm ( Red with yellow mane/tail )
Small size - Beon the horse leather bagcharm ( Red with yellow mane/tail )
leatherprince
$65.00 USD
Big size - Kelvin the Monkey cowhide leather charm ( Hot Pink )
Big size - Kelvin the Monkey cowhide leather charm ( Hot Pink )
leatherprince
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229 comments

  • ShaneLilyRain

    ShaneLilyRain said 10 years ago

    Great Work !!

  • Dongedyframe

    Dongedyframe said 10 years ago

    Great ! I love their items, congrats !

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 10 years ago

    What a cute shop and I love the way your cat and dog seem to be giving each other THE look!

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 10 years ago

    Wonderful post! I loved hearing Candy and Beon's story!! Your dachshund keychains are SO cute!!

  • ParadiseBodyShop

    ParadiseBodyShop said 10 years ago

    I have been eyeing Leatherprince's shop for so long! Everything is so adorable! I'm so happy they are featured!

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 10 years ago

    awesome!!! I have loved this shop for quite some time. yay!!!! congrats on all your success and I wish you both continued success in this shop and the new one!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 10 years ago

    WTG Guys! Great story..... any minute now, that cat is whackin' that pup!

  • BlueGremlin

    BlueGremlin said 10 years ago

    LOve you guys for being able to work together for one common goal.....what a great team

  • delightdesignbiz

    delightdesignbiz said 10 years ago

    Oh my goodness... the designs are FABULOUS!! Off to shop... :-)

  • japlishdelights

    japlishdelights said 10 years ago

    Wonderful team story! You guys have such great product. Congratulations!

  • ChocolateMintCrafts

    ChocolateMintCrafts said 10 years ago

    Great work! Very cute shop! Congrats!

  • LillipilliDesigns

    LillipilliDesigns said 10 years ago

    Cute designs! congratulations!

  • warpedLaurie

    warpedLaurie said 10 years ago

    Wonderful. love seeing triumph , great advise for all. thanks for your story.

  • sewlutionsbyamo

    sewlutionsbyamo said 10 years ago

    Loved reading this one! - Congratulations!

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 10 years ago

    What a fabulous shop and an inspiring story behind it! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  • amaliarita

    amaliarita said 10 years ago

    You guys are an inspiration to all of us who hope to go full time someday! Great product and great designs!

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte said 10 years ago

    Congrats!, best wishes to you.

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 10 years ago

    great story! love the skull design :) sigh...i still haven't gotten to the "quit your job status," but at least i'm working part time now!

  • aimeesarmoire

    aimeesarmoire said 10 years ago

    Such great items, and what a great story! Congratulations on all your success!

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 10 years ago

    Adorable work guys!!

  • StrandRedesign

    StrandRedesign said 10 years ago

    What a great shop! Lovely, well made items!

  • sherrisscentsandsoys

    sherrisscentsandsoys said 10 years ago

    Congrats Beon and Candy! Great story and your items are wonderful too!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 10 years ago

    Such a great story!!! I just loved reading it :)

  • maybeads

    maybeads said 10 years ago

    I love this story! And I've long admired your shop - just wonderful! Congrats on all your success!

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing said 10 years ago

    absolutely incredible items and a wonderful story, thanks and congrats!

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 10 years ago

    Cute story and fun items

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 10 years ago

    what an interesting story. meeting on the internet and getting married seems like the perfect love story for an etsy article! ps. your leather work is fantastic!

  • detailsshop

    detailsshop said 10 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! We love them all, but I(Jill) am partial to my little giraffe keychain! I didn't want to use it cause I didn't want to mess it up and it lived on my desk for months! I couldn't take it anymore and now it goes everywhere with me!

  • aquabeet

    aquabeet said 10 years ago

    I know you guys! Great story!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 10 years ago

    What a sweet and inspiring story!

  • Aquanetta

    Aquanetta said 10 years ago

    wonderful work : )

  • thecluelesscrafter

    thecluelesscrafter said 10 years ago

    Glad that you reward your hard work with some rest during the day. We can't be machines, always working harder and more!

  • Pearlk2

    Pearlk2 said 10 years ago

    this is amazing

  • lavenderrabbit

    lavenderrabbit said 10 years ago

    Great story! Love the rooster.

  • Tias

    Tias said 10 years ago

    Leatherprince is one of my favs since day one, I featured them on my blog and am sooo happy they're doing well! keep it up guys! x

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! Love the turtle!

  • LizzyBdesigns

    LizzyBdesigns said 10 years ago

    Great items!

  • burntmill

    burntmill said 10 years ago

    I sooo love reading the quit your day job stories :) thanks

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful story, congratulations on your success!

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 10 years ago

    wonderful article!!!

  • ClutchThat

    ClutchThat said 10 years ago

    Congrats to both of you : )

  • ravenwren

    ravenwren said 10 years ago

    Great to hear your story. It definitely makes me love your work even more. I'm also lurking in your shop. Ha ha. Take care guys!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 10 years ago

    very nice work!!! congrats !!!

  • tinybirdarts

    tinybirdarts said 10 years ago

    Nice story, seriously cute doggy :)

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 10 years ago

    Fabulous story, thank you for sharing your lives with everyone ~ where would we be without the Internet and all the connections!

  • talchen

    talchen said 10 years ago

    wonderful story. thanks for the inspiration.

  • uncorked

    uncorked said 10 years ago

    I have loved your shop forever- great to learn more about you guys!

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival said 10 years ago

    Ooh fabulous! Great interview, and such a lovely little story of you guys getting married, hooray!

  • Cathysjewels

    Cathysjewels said 10 years ago

    I have to have one.??Pirate or bat??

  • HeartcoreStudio

    HeartcoreStudio said 10 years ago

    The cat looks mad.

  • Jenifersfamilyjewels

    Jenifersfamilyjewels said 10 years ago

    I love the couples working together stories!! Makes me happy! Thanks for sharing Mary! :0)

  • HazelHoney

    HazelHoney said 10 years ago

    I totally identify leatherprince by their dauchshund keychain which I totally adore. Such great items what talent and how wonderful to be able to work together.

  • zebracakes

    zebracakes said 10 years ago

    This has got to be my favorite "Quit Your Day Job" story! It's so romantic! I LOVE IT!

  • VerteAdelie

    VerteAdelie said 10 years ago

    I already loved their items, now I'm glad I know the faces and story behind their shop. How lovely is that first picture with the cat and dog !

  • LittleGreenSquirrel

    LittleGreenSquirrel said 10 years ago

    The expressions on the cat and dog are priceless! And great story too! :-)

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 10 years ago

    Merci beaucoup for sharing Mary... How beautiful and well done Great story ! Cheers

  • VintageJamie

    VintageJamie said 10 years ago

    Great couple, great works!

  • piddix

    piddix said 10 years ago

    Sweet inspirational story. And I especially love that it's a non-US story. Something a little different, yet similar as well. Thanks

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 10 years ago

    Great interview and yep, I'd say that the cat is just about to pop that pooch!

  • jorgensenstudio

    jorgensenstudio said 10 years ago

    I want a chicken!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Great story. Congrats!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 10 years ago

    Great Work!! I wish you much success.

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 10 years ago

    what a great story - the picture of you working together at the table is priceless! congrats on your great product and continued success :)

  • WhiteFlagDesigns

    WhiteFlagDesigns said 10 years ago

    How is it I've never seen this shop before? What cool stuff!! :D

  • aphrodite888

    aphrodite888 said 10 years ago

    What a great team work!! And a cute product.. Fell in love with Winny the turtle....

  • PrudenceOctavia

    PrudenceOctavia said 10 years ago

    very nice story - and lovely products.

  • lealerjcreates

    lealerjcreates said 10 years ago

    I love your items and story. Keep up the great work!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the peek into your successful shop. Best of luck in the future! gotta have the bat...no the panda...

  • LaAlicia

    LaAlicia said 10 years ago

    great story! love that bat key chain -- too cute! ;)

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 10 years ago

    i have admired their work for sometime on Etsy. It is unique and fun. I love that this little segment on etsy goes global. Congrats and good luck!

  • Morado

    Morado said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring story! Wish my husband was alil more artistically inclined...hehe congrats guys!

  • 2RavenChicks

    2RavenChicks said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article! Congratulations to you both on your shop and your marriage. Love the cat and dog in your photo - although kitty's ears look pinned back - perhaps kitty is not happy with the dog? LOL

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! Great work Beon and Candy!

  • SurrenderDorothy

    SurrenderDorothy said 10 years ago

    Super article!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 10 years ago

    very nice key chains and pouches. love the designs. good luck on future sales.

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 10 years ago

    Such high quality work; well done Beon and Candy!

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 10 years ago

    This continues to be my favorite feature in The Storque. What a great story and I'm so glad to see how much you two were able to benefit from Etsy. Congratulations!!

  • risabeads

    risabeads said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. I love your work!

  • LingGlass

    LingGlass said 10 years ago

    Congratulations to your success, my friend. :-) Both of you worked so hard to achieve this dream. I'm so proud of you both. Keep up the great work!

  • SeaPinks

    SeaPinks said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful article, oh that turtle is so cute!

  • onegarnetgirl

    onegarnetgirl said 10 years ago

    What a great story, and such a good way to mix your previous experiences. Working for yourself is DEFINITELY a blast, how awesome that you can do it together!

  • poppyfox

    poppyfox said 10 years ago

    Oh my gosh what a cute couple and a great shop!

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 10 years ago

    amazing shop and such an inspiring story, thank you for sharing it!! I also have to say that picture is the best...the expressions on the cat and dog's face is priceless! :D

  • apiecebydenise

    apiecebydenise said 10 years ago

    Great story and great products!!! Such cute wonderful things, thank you for sharing.

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 10 years ago

    Congratulations to both of you. Fantastic shop, good luck.

  • NottyPooch

    NottyPooch said 10 years ago

    Great to see someone close to home! :D

  • AugustRainSupplyShop

    AugustRainSupplyShop said 10 years ago

    What cute pieces. The love story aspect makes the article even sweeter!

  • ArtDecoDame

    ArtDecoDame said 10 years ago

    oh goodness how cute!

  • lulumumu

    lulumumu said 10 years ago

    wow! those are adorable - keep up the good work!! we hope to be like you some day, you make a great team :)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    Go Leatherprince! What a great story! My favorite part of the interview is this line: "We don’t allow ourselves to think about failing on Etsy." That, and the photo of Candy and Beon with their dog and cat gazing at each other. So cute!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 10 years ago

    I love the expression on Mao Bao's face! What a sweet couple ~ creative and inspiring. I'm sure Candy and Beon will flourish and prosper.

  • GgaBulShop

    GgaBulShop said 10 years ago

    nice work!! so cute =)

  • annyschoo

    annyschoo said 10 years ago

    cute items! Tks!^^

  • HSTink

    HSTink said 10 years ago

    cute things

  • EyeDesire

    EyeDesire said 10 years ago

    Wow, great story and very cute items! Thanks for sharing the story.

  • missmousecrafts

    missmousecrafts said 10 years ago

    Very Inspiring!!!

  • nichan

    nichan said 10 years ago

    this is very inspiring. I've been told that singapore is a tough place for crafter. People there choose office carreer mostly. this is a very awesome article and add with that 'schedule' detail, it's so great!

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 10 years ago

    wow Such a cute stuff ~~~~~ Lovely~

  • bluecitrusart

    bluecitrusart said 10 years ago

    Very cute shop! But the first picture with the pets is soooooooooo funny!

  • tree2

    tree2 said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story, your kitty is mad at the puppy, too cute.

  • sunbasilgarden

    sunbasilgarden said 10 years ago

    So nice to find you. Congratulations on your work and Etsy shop! Really cute designs.

  • LevartStudio

    LevartStudio said 10 years ago

    Very Creative! Inspiring story - enjoy your success!

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 10 years ago

    beautiful story :)

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 10 years ago

    lovely products, thanks for sharing :)

  • hungryknife

    hungryknife said 10 years ago

    Congratulations, we wish you lots of continued success!

  • mathildacraft

    mathildacraft said 10 years ago

    Amazing! What a wonderful story to hear! I'm so glad you two found each other and make a good team. Your items are certainly to die for! ^^

  • LinkedAccessories

    LinkedAccessories said 10 years ago

    Great story! I love their handmade goodies, esp. the weener doggy!

  • dazzlecreations

    dazzlecreations said 10 years ago

    Inspirational!!

  • marciez

    marciez said 10 years ago

    Cute shop...love the turtle and Deuce!

  • jessitaylor

    jessitaylor said 10 years ago

    yay! way to go, you guys! i love your work :)

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 10 years ago

    Love their shop.

  • MochaCello

    MochaCello said 10 years ago

    Congratulations to both of you! I just bought "Hez" a few days ago. :)

  • serenie

    serenie said 10 years ago

    Really sweet and inspirational story :) Keep up the great work!

  • apresti

    apresti said 10 years ago

    This stuff is so cute!!!

  • BombusLane

    BombusLane said 10 years ago

    I love your shop name, fits what you do perfectly. I hearted the raccoon, couldn't help not to.

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 10 years ago

    oh wow i love thier shop :D hearted sometimea ago very cool

  • yourorgangrinder

    yourorgangrinder said 10 years ago

    Great Shop, and love their photos! The dog, Mao Bao, is cute!...reminds me of a stall in the city where this lady handmakes the most awesome leather animals...

  • TheIcelandicWool

    TheIcelandicWool said 10 years ago

    They are truly amazing, it's so nice design and work. I love my key chain from them :)

  • colouryourhome

    colouryourhome said 10 years ago

    wowww congratulationsss..great workkk

  • spiderlegz

    spiderlegz said 10 years ago

    Such a cute story! This was one of the first shops I noticed when I joined etsy. Such awesome designs!

  • zerolulu

    zerolulu said 10 years ago

    Congratulations!!! I love your story and it is really encouraging!! Your designs are so cute too~ I love them all!! Keep up :D

  • AntiqueWings

    AntiqueWings said 10 years ago

    I usually don't comment on these showcases but this one is inspiring, sweet and have truly unique offerings.

  • Royalpaca

    Royalpaca said 10 years ago

    Wow! really inspirational! I work my art/business with my husband too! There's nothing more pleasant :) We are at our very beginnings, so you guys just gave me a thumbs up !!! Thanks so much. Very interesting to hear stories from across the world... I love this place ;)

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 10 years ago

    Oh, LOVE your stuff! YAYYY - happy to see your interview here! Best of luck going forward!!

  • QuiteContrary2

    QuiteContrary2 said 10 years ago

    wow, beautiful stuff!! and such a great story too- congrats!!

  • RAGGEDedgeGear

    RAGGEDedgeGear said 10 years ago

    these are cute!

  • Navare

    Navare said 10 years ago

    I love your designs, especially the panda! It is terrific to read an article about an Etsy seller from another part of the world...I love that Etsy is really everywhere!

  • happyfamily

    happyfamily said 10 years ago

    Awesome!

  • ColorfulCasual

    ColorfulCasual said 10 years ago

    I love the first picture...their cat seems to be giving their dog an uncertain look, whereas the dog is all innocence. Awesome stuff, too!

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 10 years ago

    That is so awesome! Congrats on all your success!

  • MichelleStudio

    MichelleStudio said 10 years ago

    Love your story and products. I feel homesick by looking at them. I am from Taiwan originally. :-) Best of luck.

  • sunstoneboutique

    sunstoneboutique said 10 years ago

    wowwww what a great story , cute store too

  • caoimhamarie

    caoimhamarie said 10 years ago

    i've never seen those on here they're great congratulations guys good luck

  • violavintage

    violavintage said 10 years ago

    What a great story and wonderful items. It is always nice to get to know another etsy success.

  • myladida

    myladida said 10 years ago

    What a great story and unique products! It's also so great to see some international sellers featured in this series! :)

  • littleANGELboutique

    littleANGELboutique said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring. Love to see success on Etsy. Congrats to Beon & Candy!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! I'm going to go check out your shop now.

  • jennerator

    jennerator said 10 years ago

    i have the blue penny the ladybug and the ladybug ipod holder.....love, love, love them will be keeping leatherprince in mind for christmas presents

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 10 years ago

    Awww, you two are just about as cute as it gets, your key-chains are the bomb and you are living a lot of people's dream. Good for you! I will definitely be buying some of your lovelies for gifts. Hats off to you!

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 10 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks for letting us in your studio! By the way, your dog is so cute!

  • OhMyAmpersand

    OhMyAmpersand said 10 years ago

    Great story! So inspiring. Thank you.

  • embellishedlife

    embellishedlife said 10 years ago

    One of my favorites, and on my christmas list for stocking stuffers!

  • congcongdesign

    congcongdesign said 10 years ago

    wow.i just went to your etsy shop.so many cute key chains.your busniss very busy also.my etsy shop www.congcongdesign.etsy.com just opening lately.there are my handmade works and chinese Tibet items.hope more and more friend focus asia style item.when i saw your success i have confidence to do my business like you.i live in shanghai china. hope make friends with you.

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Beon and Candy!

  • JulieWebb

    JulieWebb said 10 years ago

    Wow! Great work and excellent interview. Thanks for sharin'! :)

  • RetroGlamorous

    RetroGlamorous said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work!! That Dog & Cat in the first Photo are HILARIOUS!! :P

  • ShimmeringSky

    ShimmeringSky said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! You do beautiful, detailed, whimsical work that really appeals to me (and lots of others!) - your story is really inspirational and you give great advice ('start small - work HARD'). If you can accomplish all this, I'm sure you can get your kitty and pup to play nice.... ;-)

  • Piggy

    Piggy said 10 years ago

    Great work! :D

  • MiasMunchies

    MiasMunchies said 10 years ago

    Love their work! I enjoy reading how their day is broken down and what they do :)

  • inkadinkadoodle

    inkadinkadoodle said 10 years ago

    I found your shop a long time ago and just love your work! I hearted you so I can purchase from you some day. Christmas is coming and I think your work would make lovely gifts - congratulations on your shop.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

    Incredible shop and wonderful story, how they met~ on the net~ turned there love of design-creating into a successful shop on Etsy. I'm wondering how I missed this lovely shop but they are in my favorites now, Christmas is around the corner~! Congrats to you both for being able to stay at home and make a living doing what you enjoy~ Your pets are adorable as well. Off to shop~!~!

  • MagnoliaFern

    MagnoliaFern said 10 years ago

    so cute! I love this story!

  • adoseofjen

    adoseofjen said 10 years ago

    wonderful article! and what a love story :D

  • quesadillaap

    quesadillaap said 10 years ago

    BY FAR my favorite quit your day job story! A love story, and a tale of using what you know to do things you love! I feel inspired today.

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 10 years ago

    what a lovely story....keep up the hard work and I wish you both all the best.

  • NotoriousKnits

    NotoriousKnits said 10 years ago

    Wonderful! I admire the both of you!

  • YuraPockylover

    YuraPockylover said 10 years ago

    Fantastic! ^^

  • KnitTwits

    KnitTwits said 10 years ago

    top quality products..well done x

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 10 years ago

    Your products are REALLY great! Good Luck with SALES!!

  • sleepypillow

    sleepypillow said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. You two look so sweet together!

  • Kimmie914

    Kimmie914 said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! I inspire to be like you guys!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 10 years ago

    It's always so inspirational to read these articles - thank you guys so much for sharing! Best of luck in growing your shop even more. I hope to write my own "Quit Your Day Job" article one day! Congratulations!!

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 10 years ago

    great product. Congratulations!

  • SimplySassySupplies

    SimplySassySupplies said 10 years ago

    What a great story! Very inspiring..and Love the furry friends!

  • JeannineRobertsRoyce

    JeannineRobertsRoyce said 10 years ago

    October is the 6th anniversary of quiting my day job! So I enjoyed this story immensely. I especially enjoyed their detailed schedule. Would love to hear from others about scheduling time.

  • TripleLDesigns

    TripleLDesigns said 10 years ago

    so cute! fantastic work!

  • DaysLight

    DaysLight said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your life story as well as your Esty story - inspiring!

  • cestmagnifique

    cestmagnifique said 10 years ago

    Cute, cute stuff! I love the Quit Your Day Job series!

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 10 years ago

    This is the best Quit Your Day Job feature to date. Congratulations to Beon & Candy! Happy to hear about artists in other countries, so bring us more. Thank you for the words of wisdom: "we can never know what will happen next but we choose to enjoy what we are doing right now and live happily".

  • BeautifulSoaps

    BeautifulSoaps said 10 years ago

    Very nice article, you two work so great side by side! I think that would be my biggest obstacle :-) Love the look on kitty's face!

  • empressjade

    empressjade said 10 years ago

    That snarly ginger kitty caught my eye.... poor doggy looks like he's gonna get it! Super cute handmade items in this shop, thanks for featuring a great husband and wife team!

  • LittleMissDressUp

    LittleMissDressUp said 10 years ago

    These are sooo great!!!!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 10 years ago

    what a wonderful couple of people - such a great interview Beon - and Candy!! so real and so meaningful and I sat here reading it with a smile on my face :) ps I love your gorgeous dog MaoBao who is looking so lovingly at one of your cats - who seems to have their ears pinned back! (perhaps they are not friends??) thank you and to your continued success on etsy and in life!

  • starvingartistbazaar

    starvingartistbazaar said 10 years ago

    great story! such cute items! thanks for sharing.

  • houseofeden

    houseofeden said 10 years ago

    items are cute! love how the cat is staring the dog down in the featured pic of you both! :) the cat looks upset...i love your cat and dog! :)

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms said 10 years ago

    So surprising and happy! thank you.

  • imnotyrbabe

    imnotyrbabe said 10 years ago

    What a lovely couple! Love your work..all lovely ^^ Thank for sharing ^^

  • kirkus

    kirkus said 10 years ago

    i adore products! thanks for sharing your wonderful story with us! :)

  • babinka1981

    babinka1981 said 10 years ago

    Nice work!

  • asianartjewels

    asianartjewels said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story! I'm from Singapore too... Hope I can be like you too! :)

  • twokidsstudio

    twokidsstudio said 10 years ago

    wow! sweet couple & very great handwork! keep it up! :)

  • BugPop

    BugPop said 10 years ago

    GORGEOUS!! x

  • mulch

    mulch said 10 years ago

    What a great story! THANK YOU ETSY FOR GIVING US A GREAT PLATFORM TO SHOWCASE WHAT WE LOVE TO DO.

  • aprilfoss

    aprilfoss said 10 years ago

    What a sweet story:) I LOVE how you are a husband and wife team. I can't imagine my husband sewing:) I have had him stuff some owls for me tough;) Congratulations and best wishes!

  • philosophi

    philosophi said 10 years ago

    such sweet items. I love your family of 4!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 10 years ago

    chickeeeeeeennn... cute!

  • clarelupino

    clarelupino said 10 years ago

    amazing

  • perebags

    perebags said 10 years ago

    love this shop! great story!

  • leatherprince

    leatherprince said 10 years ago

    Thank you to everyone who read our article and leave us comments, we are glad to have the chance to share our story in Etsy, thank you...Mary.

  • Knottywoodart

    Knottywoodart said 10 years ago

    Congratulations to you both!! We love your your items... Thank You! Doug and Sandra Larson

  • Autumnreed

    Autumnreed said 10 years ago

    Such a wonderful story and these are soo cute!

  • psitsinthedetails

    psitsinthedetails said 10 years ago

    i bought a few of your items last year and i love them! congratulations to both of you on your etsy success!!!

  • seesong

    seesong said 10 years ago

    I appreciate the advice and your earnest approach to your craft. And your pets are SOOOO CUTE! It's inter-species romance!!!

  • AzitasSurprises

    AzitasSurprises said 10 years ago

    great story and cute items!

  • Art2ArtColorado

    Art2ArtColorado said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful story. Best Wishes to you!

  • djstoreroom

    djstoreroom said 10 years ago

    Congrats on the success you received on your hard work!! Great to know fellow singaporeans are doing so well!!~

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 10 years ago

    What an amazing story -- so inspiring! What a fantastic idea -- love your products! Who would think that you would meet the love of your life and your business partner on-line! :) Thank you for sharing your story.

  • meeabee

    meeabee said 10 years ago

    A really cool story! thanks for sharing!! Amazing.

  • ossaStudio

    ossaStudio said 10 years ago

    beautiful craftsmanship. the figurines are so playful and happy

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 10 years ago

    I love the article your lether items are really unique and cute. Articles like this inspire me to keep on and strive for what I want and can do.

  • victorianartist

    victorianartist said 10 years ago

    Your items are adorable. You do good work and are an inspiration to us just getting started.

  • TheAntiquatedCrow

    TheAntiquatedCrow said 10 years ago

    I love that picture at the top where the dog and cat are starring each other down.

  • AndersonCrafts

    AndersonCrafts said 10 years ago

    Those are sooo cute! When I look at them, one of the attractions is that they look like they would feel nice in your hand. I can imagine holding the little turtle and running my thumb over his back to sooth nerves.

  • LuLusPhotography

    LuLusPhotography said 10 years ago

    What a GREAT shop!!!! I love love love the keychains :)

  • marquina

    marquina said 10 years ago

    I love your key chains! They are adorable! And your sewing is beautiful work!

  • prairieboutique

    prairieboutique said 10 years ago

    Way to go!!! I LOVE your keychains, they made me smile!

  • wildcubs

    wildcubs said 10 years ago

    Great job on your store. I love your designs!

  • thepurplecoyotemoon

    thepurplecoyotemoon said 10 years ago

    Very professionally done!

  • Handworks3

    Handworks3 said 10 years ago

    thanks

  • adorebynat

    adorebynat said 10 years ago

    I hearted your shop long time ago and always enjoy browsing your cute designs. I hope I soon can purchase one. Thanks for the inspiration and Congrats!

  • doublebrush

    doublebrush said 10 years ago

    Really nice work. Cute designs and quality workmanship that shows in each photo!

  • CindyRodriguez

    CindyRodriguez said 10 years ago

    I love your designs! You have a wonderful shop, congratulations on your success! Thank you for the inspiration to keep at it!!

  • zazaboutique

    zazaboutique said 10 years ago

    Just bought a ladybug iPhone case - my friend is going to LOVE it! Lovely reading the story - such nice people!

  • autumnsanticsstore

    autumnsanticsstore said 10 years ago

    Your work is so cute! Congratulations!

  • MaggieInTheMay

    MaggieInTheMay said 10 years ago

    A heart warming story! All the best to Beon and Candy. Thanks Etsy for featuring Singapore, the little island nation in the Far East. I have to go and check out leatherprince now.

  • hardlydavidson

    hardlydavidson said 10 years ago

    loved reading your story. great looking products too. all the best.

  • laura1953

    laura1953 said 10 years ago

    A main stumbling block for me is health/dental insurance. If I quit my day job, it will become a significant monthly expense. (As is the case for many others in my position!) Do you know of any insurance companies that cater to small business owners or craftspeople/artists? Your input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, and best of success and happiness in your work! Laura

  • brendabays

    brendabays said 10 years ago

    Love the pieces. Great article.

  • julescraft

    julescraft said 10 years ago

    Hi just saw your article. I remembered the name of your stall. I bought a horse leather key ring from your stall last year at the Maad Market at Red Dot Museum. Still in great condition and using it. I have not shopped there for a while now, do you still have a stall at the Maad Market?

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 9 years ago

    i found this story so heartwarming! just beautiful! xxx

  • CreativeButterflyXOX

    CreativeButterflyXOX said 9 years ago

    I love your leather key rings, the elephant one is my fav.

  • lovelyelement

    lovelyelement said 9 years ago

    love your products, they are very cute & unique. Great shop. Glad I can read chinese & view your blog. Keep it up~ 加油 guys

  • DoodooShop

    DoodooShop said 9 years ago

    Good job!

  • rntn

    rntn said 9 years ago

    nice works :)

  • jjdesigns0489

    jjdesigns0489 said 9 years ago

    Super Great Works!!! SO SWEET!!!

  • anitakatita

    anitakatita said 9 years ago

    ✻´¨) ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) (¸.•´ (¸.•´✻ SUPER!

  • mdstudio

    mdstudio said 9 years ago

    I love your creations! Congrats on being featured! :)

  • giusypatch

    giusypatch said 8 years ago

    congrats!! Yours is a truly lovely story and your store is AMAZING!!!! Love it!

  • SenoritaJoya

    Dorottya from SenoritaJoya said 7 years ago

    Hi Beon and Candy, Wow!!! I love your story & your pretty shop as well! Keep on smiling and creating! Enjoy your day, xoxo Dorottya

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