Handmade leather bags Beaded Bags Side & Belt Pouches

Redway, California · 288 Sales


Handmade leather bags Beaded Bags Side & Belt Pouches

Redway, California 288 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Wesley Stoft

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Anonymous on Feb 19, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

These pouches were beautiful! I gave them as christmas presents and both loved them! Now I want one for myself!

Anonymous on Feb 13, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Really fine leather, elegant design and very fair price - I'll order more from you in the future.

Anonymous on Feb 7, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Guy is an amazingly wonderful, PATIENT artist. He worked with me to create the perfect bag. Would definitely do business with him again

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Last updated on April 17, 2013
Welcome to Swadeshi Leatherworks,

Thank you for giving us this opportunity to introduce ourselves and present our fine line of handcrafted leather bags for men and women. Our bags are designed to be functional, strong, comfortable, and simple.
I’ve been working with the owners of Swadeshi for over 15 fulfilling years. Swadeshi itself has been making handmade leather bags since 1969. Swadeshi bags are sewn with extra care; have double sewn seams-triple sewn seam ends, and finished edges. We use a strong nylon thread on all of our bags. This gives the bag extra strength and durability. Our philosophy is about making bags that you can expect to enjoy for 10 to 20 years or more of every day use.

We are a small studio, producing a limited number of quality handmade bags, and preferring to deal directly with our customers.

Wesley Stoft and Susan Alban, (Owners)

We use garment weight, top-grain cowhide leather, with a natural exterior finish, a suede interior finish, and leather that is selected for its’ durability, and excellent quality. It is washable, and can be re-oiled.. Inside and out, our bags are soft and supple. Instead of a fabric lining, Swadeshi makes inside pockets out of the same quality leather as the outside, thus the inside is as long lasting as the outside.
For closures we use solid brass zippers, antler, or metal (sterling silver, copper, and brass) buttons, and leather toggle pulls, each chosen for their longevity.
For fittings we use solid brass buckles and rivets.

Thank you for your interest in Swadeshi Leatherworks, and for giving us the opportunity to share our handmade creations with you.

Best regards from the crew at Swadeshi.

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 and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Other Method
Swadeshi accepts payments through;

1) PAYPAL: (This is our preferred method of payment), PayPal is an excellent and safe way to make, as well as accept payments. Information about the buyer and the seller is protected with PayPal. PayPal accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

(If paying directly to Swadeshi Leatherworks by phone call 707-260-2029)

We ask that Payments be made within 2 days of purchase, by PayPal or Credit Card otherwise we will re list the item. A 9% sales tax will be added to all California buyers via PayPal.

3) MAIL:
Please convo me (Wesley) if this is the way you would like to pay, before making your purchase, (clicking the Buy Now button), so that we can agree on this method of payment and thus hold the bag for you. A Check or Money Order must be received by Swadeshi within 2 weeks of this agreement. Please make your check or money order out and send it to Swadeshi Leatherworks,PO box 368 Redway CA 95560 Payment made by check will delay your order approximately 10 days "after" we receive your check, as we ship after the funds have cleared our Bank Account, so please be patient if paying by this method.
Swadeshi ships through the following Couriers:

1) The UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE (USPS)-this is our preferred method of shipping.

2) UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS)-this method is more expensive but is convenient for customers who want a package delivered to their door, and don’t have that option with the USPS.

3) FED-EX is another method that we will ship through. Fed-Ex also ships right to your door as well.

Listed bags will include information as to whether we have them in stock, or if they are being made to order. If we have the bag/s in stock, your order will be shipped within 2-5 days. If the bag/s are being made to order, please allow 4 to 14 days from the time the order is taken to delivery.

No matter what courier we use Swadeshi will add insurance to the price of shipping, as we want to make sure that all bags, if for some reason should not be received by the customer, will be covered for the value of the bag/s. This way we can ship a replacement bag/s as soon as we receive a letter stating that the bag/s have not been received. The customer will be notified of the shipping and handling charges to be added to the cost of the bag/s purchase price.

All shipments will include a tracking number , which will be sent to the customers’ email address, so that they can stay informed as to the status of their purchase.

For most orders please allow 5 to14 business days from shipping date to arrival.
Be sure to include the correct and complete address to which you would like your purchase shipped to.

Shipments sent to countries outside the US may be subject to customs charges and other fees, and is the sole responsibility of the buyer.
Refunds and Exchanges
Our goal is to make you happy and proud of what you have purchased, but if for any reason you are not satisfied with any of our bags you may return it/them for a full refund (exclusive of shipping charges and any fees charged by Etsy), or exchange it/them for another bag/s.
Claim for refund or exchange must be made within 2 days upon date of receipt of the purchased bag, and the bag must be received by Swadeshi Leatherworks within 7 days (USA), or 10 days (Non USA), of approval of a refund or exchange by, Wesley Stoft.
All refund and exchange bags must be returned in their original and unused condition, otherwise a fee will be charged assessed on the value determined by the present state of the returned/exchanged bag/s.
Shipping charges will apply on exchanged bags shipped to the customer from Swadeshi.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Additional policies and FAQs
The Care and Cleaning of Your Swadeshi Leather Bag

In all probability your Swadeshi bag will last beyond its’ guaranteed lifetime even if you do nothing for it in the way of care. These simple suggestions, therefore are for those of you interested in keeping your bag looking new and beautiful more-or-less forever.

1. Never put your bag close to heat.
2. Wash off any wet spills immediately with water.
3. Occasionally replenish the oils in the leather.


1. HEAT is one of the few things that can really destroy leather. Don’t ever use heat to dry your bag (such as a laundry or hair dryer), as it can permanently ruin the leather and is not covered by our guarantee.

2. Your bag will seldom actually need CLEANING. Top grain leather has a natural resilience to dirt, however accidents do occur. The following guidelines will assist you in keeping your bag clean.

 Wash spills out with water before they dry. Do whatever is necessary-from wiping with a wet sponge to completely immersing and soaking your bag in a tub of COOL water

 Use only real soap if necessary; detergents tend to strip too much oil from the leather.

 Pen leaks and oil spill are the most common causes of problem stains. As far as we know, nothing will ger rid of permanent ink. Oil spills however, will slowly dissipate, especially if you wash out as much as possible. Pat dry the oiled area with a dry cotton cloth to remove as much of the surface oil as possible, and massage the remaining oil into the surrounding leather. It’s a good idea to oil the rest of the bag at that time too, in order to even out the color tone of the whole bag, and thus further blend the spot.

 Always let your bag dry naturally. The leather will stiffen a bit, but will return to its’ natural softness with just a bit of massaging and hand-stretching. This also helps to speed up the drying process, and can be done while the leather is still damp.

3. REPLENISH the oils. Time and repeated wetting and drying of your bag will slowly extract important oils from the leather. These oils keep the leather soft, supple, and resistant to wear and spills. The best care you can give your bag is to replace the oils periodically. Periodically means two to four times a year-more often if you use your bag where it might get wet, as in skiing or sailing. The more oil you work into the leather, the more water repellent it becomes. Your bag comes well oiled and may not need an oiling for a year or so-depending on what conditions your bag is exposed to, as noted earlier.

We recommend you use only our proprietary blend of 100% pure lanolin, mink oil, and neetsfoot oil which we blend to an easily applicable consistency. Other oils on the market often use petroleum based products or silicone, which we do not recommend, as they don’t work in the same manner as these natural oils.

Bear in Mind that oils will darken the leather, and it is important to apply them lightly–very lightly- at first. Most applications go on somewhat unevenly and it’s important not to over do it in the early stages. Have patience. With time and a modicum of care your bag will take on the warm, mellow patina born into it. People tell us our bags look better after a years’ use than when new. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at 707-923-2766.