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 make the products in my home workshop, relying mainly 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 Italian, French, and Japanese leathers 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 found my stay extended indefinitely.

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 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 all 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, so feel confident you’re getting an excellent 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. I’ll contact you once a made to order item is ordered, to confirm current lead time.

Shipping

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