About

Who is Leatherbound?

Leatherbound is a one-man shop. Hi, I’m Silas. I specialize in small leather goods made with vegetable tanned leather.

You can expect world class leather and high attention to detail in my products. I put in a lot of time and care on finishing details to ensure my work is both durable and attractive.

I make all the products in my home workshop in Taiwan. I am from New Mexico, USA, but I’ve been living here in Taiwan since 2012.

Beginnings

I started a couple of small businesses while still living stateside, but I wasn’t terribly fond of them, so I returned to university and graduated in 2011. I moved to Taiwan not long after to do a year abroad teaching English.

Somewhat surprisingly, I found my standard of living in Taiwan to be superb, and found my stay prolonged indefinitely.

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

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

While I was quite anxious to start my business, I had to accept that I needed time develop the skills to produce the standard of work that I had envisioned.

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

I feel quite fortunate to have had such a wonderful response to my work, which led to me relinquishing my teaching position in 2019 to do leatherwork full-time.

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 vegetable tanned leathers from Italy, France, Belgium, and Japan. 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.

Doing things by hand is not simply nostalgia, but 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. Low overhead costs allow me to sell my work at highly competitive prices. I never run discounts on made-to-order work as there’s no room in my price to do so.

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.