This post is a little different than my usual "info about a kind of leather" but I thought I'd share a brief post about a bag I'm developing. The prototyping process and what goes into the design process. I've been making "box" corner totes for a few years now and last year we came up… Continue reading Messenger Bag Prototype
Loving this blog series. Here’s a post about our company.
Mike Batson our business is called North Star Leather, we’re located in the very rural town of Ruby, South Carolina.
What types of leather goods do you make, or what is your role in the leather craft business?
All sorts of small leather goods: Wallets, Checkbooks, ID Cases, pouches, coin purses, handbags- over 150 individual “stock” items not counting special items for specific customers. We’re 90% wholesale and much of our business comes from private label manufacturing. Besides our own line, we produce lots of items as swag, promotional, or classy packaging (ie embossed leather pouches, keychains, bracelets, etc).
We also do all sorts of cut components and such (leather backing for uniforms, flag tabs,etc). I do bracelet and keychain blanks in natural veg that other crafters finish. We do leather patches for a lot of companies…
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This post is going to be a little different from my standard descriptions of leather and leather qualities; it's post is intended to explain why some of my wallets and other items are substantially cheaper than other real leather products made in USA. This will be my ready-made response for the 2-3 emails a year… Continue reading Pricing: Are you for real?
You've probably seen them around, articles that talk about the 4 grades or tiers of leather; from best to worst: Full Grain, Top Grain, Genuine and Bonded. You'll find them on fashion major blogs, in one of the most repeated Reddit TIL posts of all time, and in general comments whenever someone asks a… Continue reading The “Grades of Leather” hierarchy you’ve probably read about is a Myth
If you're like most people, when you hear the words "vegetable tanned leather", a specific picture pops into your mind (unless you're like the confused/disappointed people who call me every couple months who read "veg-tan leather" as "vegan leather"). Most people I talk to, even many who work with leather, think that veg-tan is that… Continue reading Vegetable Tanned Leather: Much more variety than you think.
Easy... From cows. The end.... Actually this is one of my most frequently asked questions...but the answer isn't always simple because it depends greatly on who's asking and why. Sometimes the question is from someone wants to get into leathercraft so they know where to buy. Sometimes they want… Continue reading Hey man! Where do you get your leather?
I must confess that every time I go into a department store or discount store like Ross or TJ Maxx, I take a look at the wallets, just to see what else is out there. Since I was born into this business, I've never carried a wallet that my dad or I didn't make… Continue reading Recognizing Quality Construction in Leather Goods
As I started to research this post I realized, that as far as the internet is concerned, "top grain leather" was a term without many and sometimes contradictory definitions. I looked through at least ten "leather glossaries" from reputable sites and found that many lists of "leather terms" define top grain as leather that… Continue reading Top Grain Leather: Full Grain’s under-rated and misunderstood little brother
My last post ventured into how most of the front page search results get the definiton of "Genuine Leather" mostly wrong by way of over-simplification. This post is going to take aim at the another part of the Full Grain/Top Grain/Genuine story that you'll see repeated over and over on the net. I'll hit top grain… Continue reading The full story on Full Grain Leather
Hi folks this post is about a personal gripe I have with what it the most often repeated "leather info" on the net. Namely, that leather comes in 3 grades: Full Grain, Top Grain, and Genuine. I'll get into top grain vs full grain and how it's also not as important as some people think in… Continue reading “Genuine Leather” has become a 4-letter word.