About

We are a one-man shop specializing in small leather goods. We use exceptional leather and traditional techniques to produce items that will not only last, but age beautifully.

Beginnings

Hi, I’m Silas, the owner and maker of Leatherbound. I decided to start making and selling notebook covers and pen cases back in 2016 and set out acquiring the tools and materials and started learning the ropes of the trade.

I quickly learned that, while producing something functional from leather wasn’t terribly difficult, albeit time consuming, making it look professional was far from something to be picked up in a matter of a few months.

Two years later, I had finally reached a standard that I was willing to sell to the public, and in late 2018, I launched Leatherbound. I continue to strive to make my goods better and better with each product made.

Materials

A handmade product takes a considerable labor investment, and using anything less than top shelf leather isn’t worth it.

We’ve chosen to work with almost exclusively Italian vegetable tanned leather, choosing tanneries which are widely regarded as among the best in the world (Conceria Walpier, Badalassi Carlo, Conceria La Bretagna). These leathers are stunning in their look, feel, and smell, and of course, age beautifully.

If you’d like us to make something for you using a leather not listed on the site, just ask!

Craftsmanship

It’s surprising to many that the finest, most expensive leather goods in the world are handmade.

Cutting, sewing, and finishing all by hand is not simply a nostalgic way of producing products, but the way that renders the best quality in the end.

All our products are made using traditional techniques. Most importantly, we use the saddle stitch method, which is much stronger and more attractive than machine stitching.

All edges are burnished by hand to a smooth, glassy texture. Finishing the edges is labor intensive, but it’s important for the durability and aesthetic of the product.

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

We only sell direct-to-consumer, which keeps our at a fraction of retail prices for an item of similar quality. We don’t pad our prices, and you won’t find us running any big sales (other than on second quality items, which we sell at a big discount). We’d rather offer products that offer outstanding value at all times.

Lead Time

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

Shipping

We ship worldwide for free. The average ship time is about 10 days. Check out the Delivery & Returns page for more information.

Information about buying leather, how we make our products, our background, and more can be found on our blog page.