Creative Custom Leather Goods

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Note from shop owner My workshop is at my parents house, and they are 70. Due to Covid 19, I am unable to access my workshop. I’ll lift my vacation mode as soon as I can access my shop again.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

My workshop is at my parents house, and they are 70. Due to Covid 19, I am unable to access my workshop. I’ll lift my vacation mode as soon as I can access my shop again.

Ali Williams

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About BackstreetLeather

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On Etsy since 2008

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Our little family shop since 1974

My Dad, Stephen Williams, started Backstreet Leather in 1974 on a table made from salvaged floorboards and an old phone booth in the Cameron Village subway in Raleigh, NC. My parents met when my mom came in to have a key chain with daisies on it made. They worked together in the shop, my dad doing most of the tooling and my mom the sewing. We still use many of those old vintage tools my dad made belts with in the 70's.
I helped out at the shop and spent hours watching my dad make products. I picked up a mallet around the age of eight and started making items for customers at 15.
We closed our small 'brick and mortar' store in 2013, so you'll only find us here on Etsy

Shop members

  • Ali Williams

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    My name is Ali and I am an adventure instructor working all over the world. You can follow my travels here: I am incredibly lucky to have learned leather craft from my parents who own Backstreet Leather.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
All belts and wristbands are made to order and thus to ensure a proper fit, I need your measurements.

***HOW TO MEASURE: Here is how to measure for a belt:
figure out where you want to wear your belt. If you wear most of your pants low, measure at that level on your torso. If you wear your pants higher, or at your waist, measure there. If you are going to wear the belt with jeans, put on jeans you wear often and measure with them on. You need a measuring tape or string. Wrap the string/measuring tape around your torso where you plan to wear your belt. Don't suck in or pull it tight or your belt won't fit. The tape/string should be flush to your body...not loose or tight. If you are using string, mark it and measure with a yardstick/ruler. If using tape, just look down and give me that measurement. If you are planning on wearing a large buckle please let me know.
If you want to measure an belt you already wear, please check use this diagram to measure correctly:

***HOW TO MEASURE for wristbands:
find the bone on the top of your wrist, lay your tape measure/string on top and wrap around your wrist. Again, don't pull too tight or allow to hang loose. That is your wrist measurement. If I am making one for you, just send me your actual measurement and whether you want it to fit snugly or loosely and I'll work out the rest.
If I am duplicating the item you want in your size, please know that I will try to match the color of the original exactly, but different pieces of leather take dye differently so the color may not be exactly the same. Also note that you are looking at a digital photo on a computer, which may not show the exact true color of the item.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

Returns & exchanges

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I accept credit/debit cards and PayPal.


I typically ship through the US Postal service because they have better rates. If you include your email address when you order, Please let me know if you need the item in a hurry.

When I ship my items, I try to be as green as possible. The bubble wrap envelopes I use are salvaged from shipments we receive from buckle suppliers.
If you order jewelry, I ship padded with up-cycled bubble envelopes and then in cardboard envelopes made from cereal and similar boxes. You'll see what I've been munching on!

Additional policies and FAQs

A quality product is my first priority, and customer satisfaction is my second. I will not ship you anything that I believe has flaws or quality errors. If the color is way off from the original, I won't send it, I'll make another. I am proud of the quality of my products. I can tell you that your item will last a long time. I have belts and wristbands that are over 10 years old that are still in great shape. Actually, I have a belt that my dad made me when I was 5 and it still looks brand new.