"Buy good things, own them for a long time."That napkin wisdom is borrowed from the internets and it’s message is the basis of my philosophy. Today’s “buy it cheap then throw it away” consumer environment is unsustainable and largely irresponsible. Do your research, find something that suits your needs and is well made, pay a fair price for it and be rewarded by years of happy use. Support your local independent craftsman over a big box retailer and search out unique and well made items. While I believe that “the best things in life aren’t things,” the things that you do need should be pleasurable to use and pleasurable to look at: simple, functional, durable and beautiful. I have a somewhat obsessive desire for perfection and put a high value on items that are designed and executed to the highest standards. I use top grade materials because I can tell when people don’t. Most of my leather is supplied by two U.S. tanneries: Horween, tanning superior leather since 1905 in Chicago and Hermann Oak, tanning in St. Louis since 1881. I use top quality thread made in Maine. Whenever possible I source materials from within the United States. I don’t use a sewing machine because traditional hand stitching is superior in strength and durability (not to mention more elegant and beautiful). I make my products with love and by hand and I believe that makes my products special. The One Star team includes myself, my wife and three of our friends. We work out of our garage in Los Angeles and ship leather goods all over the world. I was born in Madison and raised in Boston, I attended Middlebury College in Vermont and moved to Los Angeles to make movies. Between making wallets I still write and direct films: mkeeganuhl.comI love the feel of good leather in your hands, I love the smell of it under your nose and I love watching each piece age uniquely and beautifully. My goods are durable and made for the long haul—they may well outlast their owners.KeeganRead more here: http://onestarleathergoods.tumblr.com/philosophy.
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