These Brands Make Some of the Best Leather Goods in America

From our everyday carry to our weekend getaway luggage to home goods and more, these small-batch leather brands are producing some of the best leather goods in the country.

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Leather goods have existed, in one form or another, for thousands of years. Staples we use on a daily basis, like wallets and belts (or backpacks), haven’t changed much, save for the inclusion of credit card slots in billfolds. That said, producing leather goods is a traditional craft with global history. America, in particular, is home to many high-volume leather goods brands. But it’s in the small-batch producers where the diversity can be found.

From coast to coast, this cross-section represents the best small-batch leather goods producers in the United States. Plus, you'll find our pick — ranging from essentials like a wallet to novelty items like a lighter sleeve — from each of their catalogs.


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Moop
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Moop makes everything from bags and wallets to things that go in both, all in a small shop located in Seattle. Owner and designer Wendy Downs used to operate a shop in Pittsburgh, along a quiet street in the city's downtown sector. She's since reimagined how often she both works and releases product. As such, the stock can be limited but is so worth waiting for.

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Editor's Pick
Moop Leather Button Pouch
Ship John
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Bags, gloves, a pencil case, dog toys, dog collars, coasters, guitar pick holders... you name it, and Portland-based leather goods store Ship John probably sells it. Plus, it's all made in the back of the shop, where plenty is prototyped before reaching the shelves.

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Editor's Pick
Ship John Orbison Eyewear Case
Joshu+Vela
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San Francisco designer Noah Guy and his brand, Joshu+Vela, don't just make bags. But, they're probably the best thing they do. Find this leather tote (above), a leather backpack, leather duffel, and a few pouches, plus throw pillows and trays, too.

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Editor's Pick
Joshuvela Billfold
Ashland Leather Co.
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Ashland Leather Co.

Chicago-based Ashland Leather Co. was founded by two tannery workers with over twenty years combined experience. All of its products are cut from Horween Leather (a Chicago institution) and showcase minimalist designs. The brand’s shell cordovan bifolds, which start at $200, come in a range of colors and features six card slots.

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Ashland Leather Bugs Moran
Gfeller Leather Casemakers
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Gfeller Casemakers offers a modest array of leather goods for daily use along with its traditional line of geoscience products — which the brand focused on at its founding. “We don’t build to a price requirement,” current owner Steve Derricott says. “We believe that is a surefire way to allow compromising of material quality and/or production methods into the business... We build it right, price it fair and let the customer make the choice,” he said. “It has always been this way with Gfeller products.”

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Editor's Pick
Gfeller Field Case A (Belt Carry)
Corter Leather
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Corter Leather

Corter Leather is a solar-powered leather goods company located on Cape Cod. All stitching is done by hand and most all metal trimmings are produced in either California or Georgia. The brand’s standard utility belt features solid brass hardware and a stitch-free design. It’s available in vegetable tanned harness leather, latigo, and english bridle leather.

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Corter Leather Mechanic's Wallet
Billykirk
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Founded in LA by brothers Chris and Kirk Bray, Billykirk has since moved to Jersey City, NJ, where the two operate a design studio and a small workshop. Together, they make a lot: totes, wine totes, trays, duffels, wallets, toiletry bags, bike accessories and beyond.

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Billykirk No. 492 19" Carryall
Tanner Goods
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Portland, Oregon-based Tanner Goods makes everything from belts and wallets to bags and pet accessories. Their prices are fair considering the quality and monograms can be added to most things for an additional fee.

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Editor's Pick
Tanner Goods Classic Belt
Craft and Lore
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Craft and Lore

Idaho-based Craft and Lore was founded in 2014 and offers wallets, belts, bags and more. The brand offers a large leather Dopp kit with a solid brass YKK zipper that will develop a beautiful patina after years of use.

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Editor's Pick
Craft and Lore Lighter Sleeve
Ewing Dry Goods
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Ewing Dry Goods

Founded in Alaska and now based in Washington, Ewing Dry Goods makes a point to use American-made-and-raised products whenever possible (if not, Dan Ewing sources from countries with labor laws and fair wages for their workers). The brand’s Gentleman’s Billfold has a waitlist, and for good reason. This rugged snap-closure wallet is cut from seven-ounce Horween Chromexcel leather and features a three-ounce natural vegetable-tanned interior and six card pockets.

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Editor's Pick
Ewing Dry Goods Watch Strap
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Hollows Leather
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Hollows Leather

Founded in 2008, Hollows Leather offers belts, wallets and more. The brand’s classic Wayward Sister Keychain was designed in conjunction with Cat Bates and features an American-made solid brass clasp, a Japanese-made brass stud closure and either English or American leather.

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Editor's Pick
Hollows Leather Rook Playing Card Deck & Case
Kika NY
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Kika NY

Kika NY offers belts, sandals, bags and more. The Postal No. 1 backpack is a stand-out piece, cut from water-resistant vegetable-tanned Italian leather. The solid brass closure is sourced from a small foundry in England and the main compartment holds a 13-inch laptop and other necessities.

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Editor's Pick
Kika NY Harvest
Leather Works Minnesota
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Leather Works Minnesota

The majority of Leather Works Minnesota’s leather comes from Red Wing’s S.B. Foot Tanning Co. If you need a minimalist wallet for your cards or cash, the brand’s understated Business Card Holder has two pockets and costs just $40.

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Editor's Pick
Leatherworks Minnesota No. 9 Wallet
Mack Provisions
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Mack Provisions

Washington-based Mack Provisions takes its approach to leather goods from the baseball diamond and repurposes vintage leather baseball gloves into accessories like wallets, key fobs and more. The nature of the process means every piece is unique with its own history and patina. Not only that, but every piece is made by the founder, KC Mack, himself.

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Mack Provisions Vintage Baseball Glove Key Fob
Chester Mox
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Chester Mox

Started in 2009 in Monterey Park, California, Chester Mox crafts fine leather goods with a dressy appeal. Sourcing leathers from around the globe, the leather goods brand produces the gamut of classic leather goods using traditional saddle stitching techniques. Each premium piece is worth monogramming, but its California Tote Bag is a standout.

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Editor's Pick
Chester Mox #120 Vachetta Passport Cover
A.E. McAteer
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AE McAteer

From a Queens, New York apartment building basement, Andrew McAteer not only upkeeps the building as its superintendent, but also makes beautiful leather goods ranging from full-grain leather tool boxes to leather game rolls and even shoes.

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A.E. McAteer AELeather Tool Storage Box
Pigeon Tree Crafting
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Pigeon Tree Crafting

Denver-based brand Pigeon Tree Crafting offers a wide range of premium leather goods from beefy trucker wallets to industrial copper and leather magazine racks to indigo-dipped wallets and belts. For the guy who enjoys a wabi-sabi-denimhead lifestyle, Pigeon Tree Crafting should be a brand to note.

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Editor's Pick
Pigeon Tree Crafting Hermann Oak Japanese Garrison Belt
Lotuff
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Lotuff

Lotuff aims to bring luxury leather goods to the market via its New England atelier. With a studio of skilled leather artisans, Lotuff specializes in briefcases and bags but also produces top-tier small leather goods. Its Leather Zip-Top Briefcase is one of the most elegant around and comes in a range of leather options, each of which will make you look good in front of your boss.

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Editor's Pick
Lotuff The Triumph Briefcase
Portland Leather Goods
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Portland Leather Goods in, well, Portland (Oregon, not Maine) is one of the bigger brands on this list but don't count that against them. They've scaled into several categories and have retained a fair pricing system. There's even a seconds sale section called Almost Perfect, where items are basically new but almost half off.

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Portland Leather Goods 'Almost Perfect' Leather Tote Bag
Frank Clegg Leatherworks
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Frank Clegg Leatherworks has been making an array of accessories, bags and one-off ideas since 1970, when Clegg launched his own eponymous brand. It's slowly expanded since then but remains in the original factory, a historic mill in Massachusetts.

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EDITor's pick
Frank Clegg Leatherworks Hampton Travel Duffle
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