6 Local Leather Makers You Should Know

By Klara Kobylinski
In Style

They say the right accessories can make or break an outfit. Investing in quality materials such as leather for your next handbag, belt, or wallet purchase will ensure a classic, respectable addition to your ensemble. Read on for six St. Louis-based leather makers that boast high-quality materials, eco-friendly production practices and sleek design.

Photo courtesy of Liza B Handbags.

Photo courtesy of Liza B Handbags.

1/ Metaforros
Based in Lafayette Square, Metaforros offers beautiful hand-crafted handbags and belts. The brand takes its name from the Spanish word for metaphor and prides itself on staying loyal to this definition. Metaforros products are each an extension of its owner, responsible for possessing meaning and telling stories.

2/ Lumberjack Leather
For long-lasting, timeless leather goods, seek out Lumberjack Leather. There you’ll find a diverse array of products: wallets, letter openers, pennants, iPhone sleeves, bracelets, wallets, carry-alls, coasters, key chains and handbags. Lumberjack Leather purchases leather only from American vendors and produces goods in-shop in STL. Each one-of-a-kind product is available in limited quantities at Dapper Gents, Knife and Flag, Union Studios and Urban Matter.

3/ Made Supply Co
Made Supply Co designer Greg Lewis offers durable, hand-sewn leather goods, created using a traditional saddle stitch that never ever comes apart. The company embraces the natural imperfections and variations that mark leather hides and uses only eco-friendly dyes and finishes. Best-selling items include bifold bison leather wallets, taupe leather tote bags, vintage leather watch straps, wrap clutches and turquoise wrap bracelets.

4/ Sole Survivor
Sole Survivor carries wallets, handbags, belts, custom sandals and an eye-catching cover to make your Moleskine sketchbook stand out from the crowd. View the whole collection on display at Sole Survivor’s rustic Maplewood store where Steve Rye produces each piece with his team of designers.

5/ Liza B
Everett Johnson is the creative mastermind behind Liza B, a line of finely structured handbags in a multitude of hues. Johnson offers bespoke pieces upon request so that each bag is personalized and designed exclusively for each customer. The first step in requesting your own? The completion of a clever survey that asks about beauty icons and your favorite fashion designers and time periods. Statement pieces bow down!

6/ Portenzo
The crafters at Portenzo have come together to offer a unique collection of tech cases that protect gear with a stylish twist, made locally at their studio in Kirkwood. Teamed up with the makers of Lumberjack Leather, their website offers a fill array of accessories, tech gear and bespoke services that include products that can be completely customized.

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