A leather purse with a wide strap and shiny silver hardware, a delicately embossed wallet, a sophisticated, masculine briefcase…leather goods are timeless staples, and when you buy from quality brands, can last a lifetime. We love bags that are completely versatile, that add dimension to any outfit, in any place.
Here are our 3 favorite places for quality leather goods that don’t disappoint.
This is Ground
Based in Los Angeles, This is Ground is all about keeping production in LA as well. The factory and the start-up co-exist in the same space, so the designers are working with the manufacturers right across the hall. Armed with 20 years of working with leather, Gerardo Figueroa is in charge of constructing the goods with the highest quality craftsmanship. Our favorite product is a super intelligently designed wallet: it has a place to stash your cards and cash, but also your phone, allowing you to keep all your essentials in one beautifully constructed compartment.
Another product we desperately want from them is their flavorfully named “cord tacos.” Literally spaced like little tacos, these pieces of leather snap around your cords, headphones, charges (or anything that can get tangled up in a mess at the bottom of your bag) to keep you extra organized and tangle-free. They come in all kinds of color and patterns, so we love the whimsy as well!
This is Ground is a great, young company that is staying local while providing quality, timeless (and very useful!) designs.
Will Leather Goods
Originated and grown from Oregon, Will Leather Goods has a sort of cowboy flair that remains true even as they’ve expanded to include a taste from all over the globe — drawing inspiration from Africa, Asia, and (in their latest collection) the aloha-culture of Hawaii. Everything Will produces still has an element of the original outdoorsy, rugged edge to it. It’s grown to include all sorts of products, from bags (of course), to shoes, rugs, and even pet accessories.
Will products feel like they are taking you places — these are bags that can stand up to the test of time, travel, and all the adventures of a life on the go.
Frank Clegg Leatherworks
Frank Clegg is based in Massachusetts, where all of the design and production has taken place in his workshop since 1970. They pride themselves on being 100% American designed and American made; the workshop quality shines through in their gorgeous products. Their tumbled leather is soft yet extremely durable, vegetable tanned, and treated with a soft wax finish. From bags constructed out of this class leather to specialty leathers that include alligator, ostrich, lizard, we are in awe of the workmanship of their pieces.
We especially love their travel bags, which have the sturdiness needed to stand up to lots of bustling through airports.