HANDandHIDE's Shop Policies
Welcome to Hand and Hide. I offer a range of hand-crafted leather goods, specializing in phone wallets, folios for iPads and Kindles and other tablets, wallets for men and women and bike accessories.
I am bringing centuries-old tradition into the modern world, by adapting ancient motifs to modern functional designs and using technology to inspire and create my products. Each item is made of vegetable-tanned full-grain leather which is hand-dyed with eco-friendly dyes and waxed before being hand-stitched with durable braided cord. Natural variations in the leather and the very hand-crafted nature of the work ensures that every item is an entirely unique piece of functional art.
You will be sure to attract attention as you wear or carry one of my striking products. I hope you enjoy your purchase and I appreciate your feedback.
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I accept payment through Paypal, Direct Checkout through Etsy or by check or money order. Allow three business days in addition to mailing time for your check to clear.
If you are paying by check or money order from outside the US, please ensure that it is made out in US dollars. Processing of foreign checks or money orders takes a long time - usually 4 weeks or longer. I'd recommend using another option.
I ship all items domestically via US Postal Service (USPS) First Class mail unless other arrangements are made up front. All items are shipped with insurance for the full purchase price and have delivery confirmation, so you get a tracking number. I cannot be responsible for any items that are lost during shipping.
Please note that international buyers are responsible for all duties and customs charges that may be incurred. These charges can be significant - often exceeding 25% of the purchase price. Also note that items can be held in customs for long periods of time. Usually items will arrive in Europe or Australasia in 10 days to 2 weeks, but sometimes it takes much longer. The US Postal Service will not allow an insurance claim to be posted until one month has passed.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you decide to cancel your order before I have started making it, I'll immediately issue a full refund. Once I have started work, however, I may not be able to issue a refund; I will work with you to come to an agreement.
I will strive to resolve any order discrepancies as quickly as possible. If I am at fault, I will repair, replace or refund your item at no charge to you and will reimburse your return shipping (if any.)
If you are unsatisfied with my product for any other reason, you may return it for a full or partial refund within 30 days of delivery. Made-to-order items (most of the products I sell) will be subject to a minimum 30% restocking fee. Customized or personalized items will only be returnable under special circumstances. Please convo me in advance.
Additional Policies and FAQs
Some information about the leather I use:
The exterior leather is the finest quality veg-tanned tooling leather available. It is single shoulder only, ensuring the best grain and most consistent thickness possible. The interior leather is known as English Kip and is a full grain calf leather. As with all full-grain leather, the exterior surface of the leather is the untouched surface of the cow - only the hair has been removed. Most cheaper leathers that are not full-grain have this exterior sanded away and are finished with some synthetic material perfectly free of blemishes and character.
Full grain leather, however, will still carry the small scars and scratches that the animal experiences during its life. I regard these small marks as character marks and they ensure that your leather item is entirely unique. I will avoid any larger scars or scratches that would affect the strength or durability of the product, but smaller marks may be present and they can affect the coloring (see below.)
The back surface of the leather is much like suede - and is not smooth like the front side. I wax and seal the back side which makes it a little bit smoother and it will become naturally smoother with use. Occasional marks from the tannery may be present on the back side of the leather - they are small numbers usually in faint yellow.
A little bit about color:
I do my best to make sure that the color of the product you receive is as close as possible to what you see in the product listings. There are many factors, however, that may lead to a discrepancy.
The most likely factor is the screen in which you are viewing the listing photos. As a photographer, I use a color calibrated monitor and carefully adjust the color of my product photos in Photoshop to match the actual product. I use a Mac standard gamma of 2.2 which is slightly darker than the typical PC standard gamma of 1.8. If you are very particular about color and want to see the product photos as closely as possible to the way I see them, I suggest you calibrate your monitor and set the gamma to 2.2.
With that said, colors look differently in different lighting conditions. I correct the white balance of the images I post for the actual lighting conditions when I took the photo, so the photo should be very neutral. I can't control the lighting under which you view the product once you receive it, however. If you feel there is a discrepancy, please view the product in direct sunlight (or at least under a daylight bulb 5000 to 6000K.)
To further complicate matters, leather, as a natural material, has natural variations. Things like scars or dense patches will not take the dye as readily as other areas. The base color of leather will vary from hide to hide and even within a single hide. This affects the resulting finished color. I use only premium quality veg-tanned tooling leather for most of my products and I try to avoid large scars or scratches, but smaller ones are inevitable. When the product is finished, I use my best judgement on the color (as I do with the quality of workmanship in general,) and decide if it is up to my standards before I ship it.
Last Updated January 23, 2015