BackstreetLeather

Creative Custom Leather Goods

North Carolina, United States · 450 Sales

BackstreetLeather

Creative Custom Leather Goods

North Carolina, United States 450 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(181)

Announcement   Backstreet leather creates unique, high quality leather goods using old world techniques. Inspired designs, artisan quality, made by hand.

Thanks for checking out my shop! Everything you see is designed and made by me or my dad in our shop. Please feel free to contact me with questions and check out my shop policies for info about sizing and colors.
DON'T TRUST YOUR PANTS!!!!! SEE SIZING INFORMATION BEFORE PLACING AN ORDER!
Customization / personalization can be made to most orders, so check out my shop policies for more info.

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About me:
My name is Ali and I am a 29 year old adventure instructor and leather craftswoman. When I am not traveling the world, I am in North Carolina making things out of leather.

I was lucky enough to learn leather craft from my parents. My Dad started Backstreet Leather in 1974 on a table made from salvaged floorboards and an old phone booth in the Cameron Village subway in Raleigh NC. My parents met when my mom came in to get a leather key chain with daisies on it, and the rest is history. I started doing leather work around age 8. My parents still have a small, family run shop called Backstreet Leather at the Fairgrounds Flea market in Raleigh, NC.

Growing up surrounded by all the tools and materials I needed, my creativity was free to roam.
My style is a giant jumble of contrasting elements, just like my personality. I am inspired by music, art, history, nature and travel, and my designs reflect those inspirations.

The items you see in this shop are all handmade. Our other little corner of the web, Backstreetleather.com features both our handmade work as well as manufactured items like jackets, chaps and hats.

Announcement
Last updated on Dec 24, 2015

Backstreet leather creates unique, high quality leather goods using old world techniques. Inspired designs, artisan quality, made by hand.

Thanks for checking out my shop! Everything you see is designed and made by me or my dad in our shop. Please feel free to contact me with questions and check out my shop policies for info about sizing and colors.
DON'T TRUST YOUR PANTS!!!!! SEE SIZING INFORMATION BEFORE PLACING AN ORDER!
Customization / personalization can be made to most orders, so check out my shop policies for more info.

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About me:
My name is Ali and I am a 29 year old adventure instructor and leather craftswoman. When I am not traveling the world, I am in North Carolina making things out of leather.

I was lucky enough to learn leather craft from my parents. My Dad started Backstreet Leather in 1974 on a table made from salvaged floorboards and an old phone booth in the Cameron Village subway in Raleigh NC. My parents met when my mom came in to get a leather key chain with daisies on it, and the rest is history. I started doing leather work around age 8. My parents still have a small, family run shop called Backstreet Leather at the Fairgrounds Flea market in Raleigh, NC.

Growing up surrounded by all the tools and materials I needed, my creativity was free to roam.
My style is a giant jumble of contrasting elements, just like my personality. I am inspired by music, art, history, nature and travel, and my designs reflect those inspirations.

The items you see in this shop are all handmade. Our other little corner of the web, Backstreetleather.com features both our handmade work as well as manufactured items like jackets, chaps and hats.

Ali Williams

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Ali Williams

Distressed brown split hip belt
US$40.00
Rock Star Brass Studded Belt
US$65.00
Rock star belt
US$65.00
Art Nouveau Hand Painted Belt
US$60.00
Name in Tooled Frame Belt
US$36.00
Western Flowers Hand Painted Belt
US$60.00
Distressed Celtic Knot Belt
US$40.00
Custom Bright Colored Tooled Bondage Cuffs
US$115.00
Diamond Studded Belt
US$75.00
Distressed black split ring hip belt
US$40.00
Distressed Black Studded Belt
US$42.00
1.5" Custom Name Leather Dog Collar with stars
US$35.00

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(181)
badaxe99

badaxe99 on Jun 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Rec'd belt on 06/12/16! Four day delivery from coast to coast. Faster than expected. It's a perfect fit. Marvelous looking and outstanding craftsmanship. Best gift you could give anyone. And I'll definitely be ordering one of these for myself. Just awesome.

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About

Our little family shop since 1974

My Dad, Stephen Williams, started Backstreet Leather in 1974 on a table made from salvaged floorboards and an old phone booth in the Cameron Village subway in Raleigh, NC. My parents met when my mom came in to have a key chain with daisies on it made. They worked together in the shop, my dad doing most of the tooling and my mom the sewing. We still use many of those old vintage tools my dad made belts with in the 70's.
I helped out at the shop and spent hours watching my dad make products. I picked up a mallet around the age of eight and started making items for customers at 15.
We closed our small 'brick and mortar' store in 2013, so you'll only find us here on Etsy and on our website www.backstreetleather.com

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  • Ali Williams

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    My name is Ali and I am a 28 year old adventure instructor working all over the world. You can follow my travels here: www.wayfinderali.com I am incredibly lucky to have learned leather craft from my parents who own Backstreet Leather.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 12, 2015
All belts and wristbands are made to order and thus to ensure a proper fit, I need your measurements.

***HOW TO MEASURE: Here is how to measure for a belt:
figure out where you want to wear your belt. If you wear most of your pants low, measure at that level on your torso. If you wear your pants higher, or at your waist, measure there. If you are going to wear the belt with jeans, put on jeans you wear often and measure with them on. You need a measuring tape or string. Wrap the string/measuring tape around your torso where you plan to wear your belt. Don't suck in or pull it tight or your belt won't fit. The tape/string should be flush to your body...not loose or tight. If you are using string, mark it and measure with a yardstick/ruler. If using tape, just look down and give me that measurement. If you are planning on wearing a large buckle please let me know.
If you want to measure an belt you already wear, please check use this diagram to measure correctly:
http://backstreetleather.com/sizinginfo_belts.php?c=Belts//Specialty%20belts&id=440

***HOW TO MEASURE for wristbands:
find the bone on the top of your wrist, lay your tape measure/string on top and wrap around your wrist. Again, don't pull too tight or allow to hang loose. That is your wrist measurement. If I am making one for you, just send me your actual measurement and whether you want it to fit snugly or loosely and I'll work out the rest.
COLORS:
If I am duplicating the item you want in your size, please know that I will try to match the color of the original exactly, but different pieces of leather take dye differently so the color may not be exactly the same. Also note that you are looking at a digital photo on a computer, which may not show the exact true color of the item.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
Payment
I accept credit/debit cards and PayPal.
Shipping
I typically ship through the US Postal service because they have better rates. If you include your email address when you order, Please let me know if you need the item in a hurry.

When I ship my items, I try to be as green as possible. The bubble wrap envelopes I use are salvaged from shipments we receive from buckle suppliers.
If you order jewelry, I ship padded with up-cycled bubble envelopes and then in cardboard envelopes made from cereal and similar boxes. You'll see what I've been munching on!
Refunds and Exchanges
I will not refund your money if you measure incorrectly. If the item that you incorrectly measured for ended up being a pretty normal size, I will offer you an exchange because I can sell the item to someone else. If you are not satisfied with the quality of the item I will definitely refund your money.
Custom items (that is, with your name written on it, or specifically what you want, not a copy of an existing item) will not be eligible for exchanges. If you are not satisfied with your custom item, please let me know and we will work something out (I will probably remake it for you)
Additional policies and FAQs
A quality product is my first priority, and customer satisfaction is my second. I will not ship you anything that I believe has flaws or quality errors. If the color is way off from the original, I won't send it, I'll make another. I am proud of the quality of my products. I can tell you that your item will last a long time. I have belts and wristbands that are over 10 years old that are still in great shape. Actually, I have a belt that my dad made me when I was 5 and it still looks brand new.