About

Leatherbound is a one-man shop specializing in small leather goods. I 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 sole maker at Leatherbound. I got the idea to make and sell items such as notebook covers and pen cases back in 2016 and I began acquiring the tools and materials and started learning the ropes of the trade.

I had dabbled in small business several times before, but hadn’t hit upon something I really liked. Shortly after beginning working with leather, though, I knew I had found something special.

While I was quite anxious to turn my newfound enthusiasm for leathercraft into a business, I quickly realized it was necessary to apply the brakes. While my early work was functional, I had to accept that I needed time develop my skills to turn out the quality of work that I wanted.

I spent a whole two years spending most of my free time making leather goods. Finally, in 2018, my work had reached what I considered to be a professional standard, so late that year, I launched Leatherbound.

I continue to refine my technique and strive to make each item better than the last.

Materials

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

I’ve chosen leathers that are widely regarded to be among the very best in the world for my work. All the standard leathers I use are full grain, vegetable tanned leathers from Italy, France, and Belgium. These leathers are stunning in their look, feel, and smell, and of course, age beautifully.

Craftsmanship

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

Producing products by hand is not simply  nostalgia, but a method that allows for a high level of refinement that cannot reciprocated by machine.

All of my products are made using traditional techniques. I use the saddle stitch method, which is a hand sewing method of using two needles to create a strong stitch that won’t unravel if cut.

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

I only sell direct-to-consumer, and there’s no padding in my price. I don’t offer discounts on made-to-order work as I’m confident my price is already highly competitive. I do offer ready-made pieces at discounts from time to time, often with leather that’s not available on my made-to-order items.

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.