OneStarLeatherGoods

One Star Leather Goods

California, United States · 7031 Sales

OneStarLeatherGoods

One Star Leather Goods

California, United States 7031 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   SALE! Use coupon code SOLSTICE2016 for 15% off at checkout thru Tues June 21.

Everything listed here is in stock and ships between 1 and 5 days.
Blog & main site: onestarleathergoods.com
facebook.com/OneStarLeatherGoods
instagram + twitter: @onestarleather
rare emails with product info and exclusive discounts: onestarleathergoods.com/newslist

Announcement
Last updated on Jun 19, 2016

SALE! Use coupon code SOLSTICE2016 for 15% off at checkout thru Tues June 21.

Everything listed here is in stock and ships between 1 and 5 days.
Blog & main site: onestarleathergoods.com
facebook.com/OneStarLeatherGoods
instagram + twitter: @onestarleather
rare emails with product info and exclusive discounts: onestarleathergoods.com/newslist

One Star Leather Goods

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About

A passion for handcrafted goods.

"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.

When I think about great design, Apple Computer is one company that comes immediately to mind. Some others I appreciate on a daily basis: my Volkswagen, or better yet, my wristwatch. Damasko is a small watch company in Germany that makes beautiful mechanical wristwatches from bombproof materials with a functional, clear aesthetic. I saved up for over a year to be able to afford this high quality timepiece and now I have owned my Damasko DA36 for more than 6 years. To this day, each glance at the wrist results in a wave of marvel at the beautiful simplicity of the dial and the time-defying condition of the case - hardly a scratch.

To this point, here is another piece of borrowed wisdom. I couldn't embed the photo here, but it is a rustic old sign. I don’t know where it hangs, but I have found these words to be so very true over the years:

"The bitterness of low quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten."

Simple, functional, durable and beautiful. I strive for my handiwork to embody these ideals.

Durability is especially important for a “carry good” because as it ages the object grows in value and develops a story of its own. It travels with us and bears witness to the passage of time and to our unique experiences. Consider your childhood stuffed animal, now worn and discolored, or your grandfather’s weathered pocket watch. Time and use have transformed what was once a simple item into an heirloom, steeped in profound memories and tales of adventure. In my eyes, these things are priceless and irreplaceable. A well made product will survive to a storied old age, whereas so much of the disposable goods that populate our lives are soon and easily forgotten.

I put a high value on craftsmanship. For example, Peter Limmer, Jr. still makes custom-to-your-feet leather hiking boots in the White Mountains of New Hampshire using the same methods that his grandfather developed a lifetime ago as a shoemaker in Europe. His father patented the first leather ski boot in the U.S. Postcards from happy customers plaster the walls of the shop, some dating as far back as the early 1900s. Pete, himself, hand stretches each piece of leather over the last and executes every step in the boot making process. His boots can last 20 years or more.

I have great respect for people still investing this sort of time and expertise into their craft, and I strive to do the same. Sure, you’ll pay a little more for a handmade, high-quality product than you would for something that is mass produced by a machine or an under-paid laborer—but in return you receive a unique one-of-a-kind item made by someone else’s hands, their accumulated experience and a boatload of elbow grease. To me this is priceless, and why I take pride in handcrafting my products.

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.

I live with my awesome wife and our awesome cairn terrier Buzz Lightyear and work out of a tiny room in our rented apartment in Los Angeles, California.

I 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.

Keegan

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  • Keegan

    Owner

    Born in Wisconsin, raised in Boston, now living in Los Angeles. Also a photographer and filmmaker. http://mkeeganuhl.com

  • Katie

    Creator

    Katie has been with One Star since 2013. Like the rest of the team, she is also in the film industry. Check her out here: http://www.katiekillebrew.com/

  • Aaron

    Creator

    Aaron is a talented actor by trade, check him out here: http://www.aaron-goddard.com/

Shop policies

Last updated on March 20, 2016
While “the best things in life aren’t things,” the things that you do need should be simple, functional, durable and beautiful.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Buyers are responsible for all taxes, duties and customs fees.
Shipping
SHIPPING TIME

Items that are in stock usually ship in a day or two, but it can take up to 3-5 business days during busy times, if I happen to be eating ice cream at that moment or if I'm in the mountains for the weekend. If you need something rushed, contact me and we can almost always work it out. Otherwise, please have patience and your item will ship within 5 business days. Custom orders depend on how long the queue is at any given moment, could be a couple days and could be up to 3 weeks. Again, contact me to inquire about current shipping estimates. Thanks!

SHIPPING METHOD

I ship using United States Postal Service, First Class Domestic and First Class International Mail. This usually means a couple days or less to the west coast, 4-7 days to the east coast, and 5-14+ days to the rest of the world.

RUSH SHIPPING OPTIONS - United States

Priority Mail - may speed deliver over regular First Class Mail by a day or two, especially effective to the east coast. Usually 1-3 days. Signature Confirmation available upon request. You can add this option at checkout. $8

Priority Mail Express - next day delivery to most Unites States addresses. Signature Confirmation available upon request. You can add this option at checkout. $30

RUSH SHIPPING OPTIONS - International

Priority Mail International. Usually 6-10 days worldwide. You can add this option at checkout. $35

Priority Mail Express International. Usually 3-5 days worldwide. You can add this option at checkout. $50
Refunds and Exchanges
I accept returns of stock items that are unused and in re-sellable condition. I do NOT accept returns of monogrammed items or belts as they are custom sized (unless I screwed up). I stand behind my products and want you to be happy with your purchase. If you have a problem, get in touch and we'll make it right.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS

I can make items in a specific color or leather for you, but work flow efficiency takes a huge hit when I do. So it is possible to make a custom order for such items, but there is a custom order fee of +$25 on an item under $100, and +$50 on an item over $100. Custom order turnaround can be anywhere from few days up to 3-5 weeks. Get in touch if you'd like to arrange a custom request.