HeirloomLeather

Authentic Handmade Leather Accessories

Georgia, United States · 920 Sales

HeirloomLeather

Authentic Handmade Leather Accessories

Georgia, United States 920 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
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Paul

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Announcement   I am a one person shop operating in a smoke free environment. I create artwork that I take pride in. My desire is that it will compel you to want to wear it and enjoy its functionality everyday. I welcome your questions and comments.

The products I create in my shop are called "heirloom" because they should last you a lifetime and most likely will be passed on to other generations. The materials I use are genuine leather. My equipment consists of a few hand tools and a couple of 63 year old sewing machines that are attached to the ends of my arms. All of my wearable art pieces are accessories made from veg tanned cowhide, and other fine leathers. Each personalized piece is individually cut, dyed and each stitch is done by hand with a waxed braided cord. Every piece is different in some way; whether its from the grain in the leather or from the way it takes the dye.

The grain on my leathers is, in fact, the grain which occurs naturally. Our leather is not pressed into a mold. Thus, in some sense all other leather grain patterns are artificial. Heirloom Leather is 100% natural and therefore will sport unique and original markings. Even though we choose the best skins, there will be markings on the piece that may represent a brief encounter with a barbed wire fence etc..Please note that this is in a sense, proof of its authenticity and uniqueness; not a defect. Thus one aspect of Heirloom Leather accessories that is essentially unique, is its choice of all natural grain leather.

You may cut and paste the following link showing us featured in Men's Book magazine.

http://digital.modernluxury.com/publication/?i=126714&p=66

I hope you enjoy my shop. Feel free to ask me questions.
God Bless You!

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Last updated on Mar 25, 2016

I am a one person shop operating in a smoke free environment. I create artwork that I take pride in. My desire is that it will compel you to want to wear it and enjoy its functionality everyday. I welcome your questions and comments.

The products I create in my shop are called "heirloom" because they should last you a lifetime and most likely will be passed on to other generations. The materials I use are genuine leather. My equipment consists of a few hand tools and a couple of 63 year old sewing machines that are attached to the ends of my arms. All of my wearable art pieces are accessories made from veg tanned cowhide, and other fine leathers. Each personalized piece is individually cut, dyed and each stitch is done by hand with a waxed braided cord. Every piece is different in some way; whether its from the grain in the leather or from the way it takes the dye.

The grain on my leathers is, in fact, the grain which occurs naturally. Our leather is not pressed into a mold. Thus, in some sense all other leather grain patterns are artificial. Heirloom Leather is 100% natural and therefore will sport unique and original markings. Even though we choose the best skins, there will be markings on the piece that may represent a brief encounter with a barbed wire fence etc..Please note that this is in a sense, proof of its authenticity and uniqueness; not a defect. Thus one aspect of Heirloom Leather accessories that is essentially unique, is its choice of all natural grain leather.

You may cut and paste the following link showing us featured in Men's Book magazine.

http://digital.modernluxury.com/publication/?i=126714&p=66

I hope you enjoy my shop. Feel free to ask me questions.
God Bless You!

Paul

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Paul

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cipollina131

cipollina131 on Sep 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Dear Paul, I just wanted to say thank you so much for the most amazing notebook cover! I received it today and once I opened the package, I was looking at exactly what I wanted it to be. Your craftsmanship is incredible. Wow, so much attention to... everything. The choice of the leather, the stitch quality, the thread color. I almost want to keep it new and never use it because it is so beautiful. I will most certainly come back to place more orders. Thank you so, so much.

amaesan

amaesan on Aug 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Paul is fantastic with both his communication and his craftsmanship! Absolutely a joy to work with, he made such a wonderful custom cover for my father-in-law's 60th birthday. He's very honest and attentive to your needs, so I wouldn't hesitate to order from him again in the future!

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This is a brand new color I developed called Tobacco. It could be called Cognac. It is made with light brown and saddle tan dye. Hope you like it.

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My belts are assembled with Chicago Screws so you buckles can be changed.

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I have been wanting to make one of these for quite a while and finally did.

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About

"Art you can enjoy every day"

After building homes for over 10 years, I came to the conclusion my profession had vanished right before my very eyes.

Trapped in a 59 year old body possessing a 39 year old college degree, my prospects of competing with "young bucks" having newly acquired graduate and post graduate degrees seemed dismal at best. So I began to contemplate how "to reinvent myself". Thus my journey to find a new occupation; hopefully one I would enjoy and one that could provide a living wage. So the more I contemplated my dilemma, I thought to myself "what if I could make a living doing something I love?". What skill do I possess that I enjoy? Having developed an interest in working with leather many years ago and I just couldn't stop thinking about how much I loved that hobby and what if I could produce something that was desirable by the general population. So began my experimentation.

The question was: "Is the craftsman/artisian dead in America today and if so can it be revived? The days of working with one's hands seems like a faint memory of a history lesson sometime back; which begs the question: "Do people still do that sort of thing?" and "Is a product like this marketable through the internet?" I wondered if the idea of being able to own something that was created or reborn from the hands of a true craftsman had a magnetism that was infectious enough to induce people to buy.

So in July 2011, after much encouragement from my wife and friends, I decided to put a few of my accessories on Etsy, while working a full time job in a totally different industry. Then after several months of one or two orders here and there, a surge in sales came in the Christmas season of 2011. My orders started to increase with each passing month. Then after about a year, my once, part time hobby, blossomed into a full time career.

The feeling of knowing you were, personally, responsible for a work of art that is wearable and usable is truly rewarding.

I hope I am able to offer something that will not only be a treasure and an heirloom, but something that has usefulness and utility while possibly enhancing your professional image.

I look forward to corresponding with you and welcome your ideas.

Paul Presten

"God made leather clothing for Adam and his wife and dressed them" Gen.3:21 ~MSG~

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  • Paul Presten

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    I am a one person shop but my wife does "quality control". Each item is inspected by her with a critical eye just to keep me on my toes. Each item is completely hand made by me.

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