About

Who is Leatherbound?

Leatherbound is a one-man shop run by Silas Perry, an American living in Taiwan.

I specialize in small leather goods made with vegetable tanned leather. I rely almost entirely on hand tools, with meticulous care put into each item.

My main business is made-to-order, and I stock a very robust offering of beautiful Italian, French, and Japanese leathers for you to choose from.

Beginnings

I dabbled in small business while still living Stateside, but hadn’t found a field that really motivated me, so I decided to return to university. Shortly after graduating in 2011, I began looking for opportunities to live and work abroad, and found a job teaching English in Taiwan.

I found my quality of life in Taiwan to be surprisingly good, and a one year stay quickly turn into several.

Here, I also found myself an excellent situation to restart my small business ambitions.

Eventually an idea led me to leather, and in 2016, I bought my first supplies and started learning the ropes of the craft.

While I was quite anxious to start the business, I quickly realized, it was going to take some real time to  develop the skills to produce the standard of work that I had envisioned.

I spent the next two years spending almost all of my free time making leather goods. Finally, in 2018, things started coming together and I launched Leatherbound.

Thanks to the wonderful response to my work, I relinquished my teaching position in 2019 to do leatherwork full-time. I feel very fortunate to be able to work at something I really enjoy, and I am grateful to my customers for their support!

Materials

Makers such as myself put a lot of time into crafting each item, and therefore it only makes sense we would choose the very best leathers we can for our work.

I work primarily with vegetable tanned leathers from Italy, France, and Japan. Each type of leather I offer is among the highest regarded of its kind. They look, feel, and smell great and age wonderfully. More information about the specific leathers I use can be found here.

Craftsmanship

I spend a great deal of time on the details of each product. Each edge is creased and then polished to a smooth, glassy finish. Sewing is also performed carefully by hand using two needles.

Doing things by hand is not simply nostalgia, but allows for a high level of refinement that, for many aspects, cannot reciprocated by machine.

Design

All made to order products are designed with a minimalist aesthetic and slim proportions in mind.

Customers are welcome to submit designs or product requirements for custom orders.

Pricing

Like many small makers, I only sell direct-to-consumer. Very low overhead costs allow me to sell my work at highly competitive prices. My made to order work never goes on sale, as I feel confident I’m providing an already outstanding value.

Lead Time

Ready-made items ship out within 1-2 business days. The lead time for made to order items varies throughout the year. I’ll contact you once a made to order item is ordered, to confirm current lead time.