aosLeather

Handcrafted Leather Bags, Cuff Bracelets, Belts & more

Michigan, United States · 3504 Sales

aosLeather

Handcrafted Leather Bags, Cuff Bracelets, Belts & more

Michigan, United States 3504 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(1270)
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kathy F

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Announcement   Art of Spirit LeatherWorks, choosing aesthetics over synthetics for more than 40 years ~ Quality Handcrafted Leather Goods. Bags & Pouches, Cuffs & Bracelets.


Follow me on FaceBook - https://www.facebook.com/aosleather
For a glimpse inside my processes you can visit my blog at http://www.aosleather.blogspot.com

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Last updated on Jul 9, 2016

Art of Spirit LeatherWorks, choosing aesthetics over synthetics for more than 40 years ~ Quality Handcrafted Leather Goods. Bags & Pouches, Cuffs & Bracelets.


Follow me on FaceBook - https://www.facebook.com/aosleather
For a glimpse inside my processes you can visit my blog at http://www.aosleather.blogspot.com

kathy F

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kathy F

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1270)
Katherine Conway

Katherine Conway on Jul 30, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Loved the design of the bracelet. Seller contacted me about size and personally changed my selection so it would be correct! Wonderful experience!

Yee

Yee on Jul 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for this amazing collaborative piece and the beautiful wrap bracelet :)

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About

Quality is the Thing!

When I was 17 years-old, I talked my way into an apprenticeship at a grungy little hippie leather shop in Birmingham, MI. There wasn't much in the way of money in the position, but it was a beginning in my journey crafting leather. I loved it from the start and devoted myself to making it my trade.
Now, more than 40 years later, I've spread a lot of leather love around the world. It's always a great feeling to bump into a stranger wearing something I recognize from my workbench, as happens every now and then - and it's wonderful to see the pouches and belts I made 30+ years back looking cherished and used but still going strong.
I put a great deal of care and all of my experience into my work, all with the goal of delivering to each and every client uniquely crafted quality leather goods.
I invite you to visit my blog (linked below my picture on the right) to see some of my processes and other items of note and interest.
Thank you!
Kathy Fowler / Art of Spirit LeatherWorks

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    More than 40 years of experience making quality Handcrafted Leather Goods. I love what I do and strive to put that love into each item i make.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 3, 2016
When you order from Art of Spirit LeatherWorks you are ordering from a person, not a corporation.
This allows a level of personal attention to each order that larger manufacturers cannot match.
It is my goal to exceed your expectations.
Kathy Fowler / Art of Spirit LeatherWorks

All of my tooled leather goods are new items made with new leather, not used. I use a superior grade of full-grain cowhide and carefully selected finishes. The resulting quality is something I stand behind proudly!
Please feel free to look at my profile for info about me; for a peek at some of the processes involved in what i do, check check out my blog at http://aosleather.blogspot.com/

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I recommend Paypal for your online purchase security and convenience. You can select this option in the beginning of your check-out process. *No Paypal account? Please note that Paypal now allows payment without an account; just follow the simple directions in the checkout process*. Orders paid for by E-Check will be shipped once your e-check has cleared.

You can also pay with your credit card or Etsy Gift Card via Etsy's Direct Check-out.

Michigan residents will be charged 6% sales tax.
All sales in US Dollars

Payment on Custom Orders is required up front.
Shipping
Shipping Policy:
I ship on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (exceptions made during the holiday season, where i ship most every day!)
I am very careful with my packaging -- your goods will arrive in good condition; if they do not, please let me know!! All domestic mailings will be shipped with delivery confirmation numbers.

Due to the customs regulations of some countries, I may not be able to ship all items to all locations. If you place an order that I cannot legally ship, you will be notified, your sale will be canceled and all money will be refunded via Paypal. **

*** INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS, PLEASE NOTE:
At the end of January, 2013 the United States Postal System raised rates, resulting in a doubling (or more) of international shipping rates. I apologize for the charges, which I feel are excessive but out of my control. The one bit of sunshine I can offer you - It is my policy to ship for just one fee, so the more you order at once, the better these new rates work out for you.
International Shipments: Shipping & Handling charges do not include brokerage fees, import duties, VAT or tariffs; these are the responsibility of the customer and are usually collected upon delivery. If you are not familiar with your country's policies regarding international purchases, this information is available through your local Post Office.
Refunds and Exchanges
REGARDING SIZING:
*Please read carefully*
BELTS - **READ CAREFULLY!! - *Please make sure you check your size. Do not rely on the number on your old belt or on a well-worn pair of jeans: these things stretch over time!
I recommend this procedure:
Put on a pair of pants that fits to the place you are most likely to wear this belt (low-rise pants will measure differently than your actual waist size!) Feed a tape measure through the loops; make sure it doesn't get twisted -- pull the tape snug but not tight. This is the measurement I need.(If you are giving this as a gift, the waist size of their NEWEST blue-jeans is an acceptable alternative measurement)*

Getting a correct measurement is the Buyers responsibility - Please don't guess!! If you need help, I am glad to assist.

WRISTBANDS & CUFFS:

A MEASUREMENT OF YOUR WRIST IN INCHES OR CENTIMETERS IS THE MOST USEFUL NUMBER TO SEND ME TO ASSIST YOU IN DETERMINING SIZE.

My wristbands are sized according to wrist measurements. I add the necessary length to this wrist measurement to allow for bending around the wrist and overlapping/snapping. If you don't have a cloth tape-measure, you can fashion a measuring device with a strip of paper - wrap it around your wrist and then measure the result against a ruler.
Because people have different preferences on how a band should fit, most of my bands are listed with a sizing range between 2 numbers. This indicates that it will fit loosely on a wrist in line with the smaller number, snugly on the larger wrist. For example, if a size reads "will fit a wrist measuring 6" - 6 1/2" " then it will be loose (not sloppy) on a 6" wrist and snug on a 6 1/2" wrist. Keep this in mind when ordering.

FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE SPECIFICS:
As an example, a size small is made for a wrist measuring 6" - 6-1/2" (15.2cm - 16.5). . The overall length of the cuff is about 8-1/4" (21cm) , the distance between snap centers is about 7-1/4" (18.4cm). About 3/4" (1.9cm) is "eaten up" by the thickness of the leather and the physics of circumference, so this gives an interior measurement of about 6-1/2" (16.5cm) , resulting in a snug (not tight) fit for a 6-1/2" (16.5) wrist and a more relaxed fit for a 6" (15.2cm) wrist.
A medium is 1/2" (1.3cm) larger on all the above measurements, a large is 1/2" (1.3cm) larger than a medium.
This info applies to cuffs & wristbands with the heavy-duty snaps. The 1/2" wide bracelets (characterized by a lightweight snap) are sized differently, to fit like a bangle. If you'd like specifics on those, feel free to write me with your questions!
:-)

If you are requesting custom sizing and you're using a favorite band as a size guide, please measure the distance between snap centers (not end to end) and let me know that you are sending a "band" measurement, not a wrist measurement. It is also helpful for me to know if the band you are measuring is of a substantially different material than the full-grain cowhide I typically use. Variations in thickness will affect the sizing.
If you have any questions regarding sizing, please let me know.
If you order the wrong size (it happens!) please let me know right away. I will be glad to make arrangements for you to return your band for resizing. (There will be a shipping charge for this.)
Remember: Sizing is important and is the responsibility of you, the buyer.

COLOR:
Each dye lot is unique and each piece of leather will "take" the dye in its own way. For that reason, the colors you see in the listings may vary somewhat from the item shipped. If a specific shade or tone is important to you, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate your request.

LEATHER CARE:
All of my Belts, Cuffs, Bracelets and Earth Medallions are finished with protective products that guard against damage from casual moisture, such as getting caught in a rain shower. However, remember that leather is an absorbent material... I DO NOT recommend immersion in water - please don't wear it in the shower or while you're swimming. I've written a blog post on the subject - you can find it at this link:
http://www.aosleather.blogspot.com/2010/03/please-take-it-off.html

Return Policy:
Everything I make is guaranteed to be free of defects in materials or workmanship.
All returns should be authorized first by contacting me.
Any returns due to incorrect sizing or buyer's regret are subject to the following terms;
(1) Returns must be made within 15 days from date you received the item.
(2) Goods must be in like-new condition (no worn wristbands, no used bags!)
(3) Personalized items, such as those with your name on them, cannot be returned for any reasons other than flaws in workmanship or materials.

ALL RETURNS:
Original shipping fees will NOT be refunded.
If it is determined that the return is due to flaws in workmanship or materials, I will refund your return postage and assume all subsequent postage costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
These goods are made with leather and will sometimes display scars, stretch marks, brands and other "range markings". These are your proof that this is a natural product and, as such, should be considered as part of the character of the item and NOT a defect. I am pretty fussy about such things and am always careful to position these markings in a way that will not detract from any design.
If such scars or markings would present a weakening of the leather, I will not include them in any item.

I am currently not accepting any custom orders..