inblue

in blue. handmade leather journals and accessories.

Asheville, North Carolina · 55364 Sales

inblue

in blue. handmade leather journals and accessories.

Asheville, North Carolina 55364 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(12799)

Announcement   Thanks for shopping handmade! Announcing free shipping within the USA on all items! Need a shipping upgrade, or your item delivered even more quickly? Your can upgrade your shipping at checkout for all domestic orders!

Want something faster and you live outside of the USA? Contact us! Check out our reduced international shipping rates as well!

Colors listed in drop down menu at checkout are the only colors available for the item listed.

Almost all items are available for custom order! Check the listing description of the item you like for more guidelines.

Please allow 5 business days to make and ship most items, such as journals, flasks, and wallets. Larger items, like bags and guitar straps, take 1-2 weeks of production time. Shipping TYPICALLY takes 3-5 business days within the US and 6-14 business days internationally (barring any customs issues).

Free shipping includes USPS first class and or media mail with limited tracking.

Please also check out our shop Policies section for additional information.

Instagram: @inbluehandmade
Facebook: @inbluehandmade
twitter: @inbluehandmade


Want special promo codes, insight on new products to come, and pictures of really cute dogs in hats? Sign up for our mailing list! http://eepurl.com/bEgAEn


Thanks so much and happy shopping!

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 18, 2017

Thanks for shopping handmade! Announcing free shipping within the USA on all items! Need a shipping upgrade, or your item delivered even more quickly? Your can upgrade your shipping at checkout for all domestic orders!

Want something faster and you live outside of the USA? Contact us! Check out our reduced international shipping rates as well!

Colors listed in drop down menu at checkout are the only colors available for the item listed.

Almost all items are available for custom order! Check the listing description of the item you like for more guidelines.

Please allow 5 business days to make and ship most items, such as journals, flasks, and wallets. Larger items, like bags and guitar straps, take 1-2 weeks of production time. Shipping TYPICALLY takes 3-5 business days within the US and 6-14 business days internationally (barring any customs issues).

Free shipping includes USPS first class and or media mail with limited tracking.

Please also check out our shop Policies section for additional information.

Instagram: @inbluehandmade
Facebook: @inbluehandmade
twitter: @inbluehandmade


Want special promo codes, insight on new products to come, and pictures of really cute dogs in hats? Sign up for our mailing list! http://eepurl.com/bEgAEn


Thanks so much and happy shopping!

Mary Lynn Schroeder

Contact shop owner

Mary Lynn Schroeder

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(12799)
Nicole Serrat

Nicole Serrat on Aug 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

The only Etsy store I've ever purchased from. The quality and craftsmanship is better than what the pictures show. They worked with me to make something unique and special and helped me put all my ideas together. Awesome awesome awesome!

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Updates

Meet our newest rescue pup, Juniper! She has a keen sense of style and loves our Brooklyn tote. Help us celebrate our new best friend with the discount code "friendsaregolden" for 20% off your next order!
Our small tote is finally offered unlined! You spoke we listened! Perfect bag for that special small gift!
Pre-holicraze sale!
The early bird gets the deal folks. Take care of that holiday shopping now with our journals, on sale for $25 only for the next few weeks!
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About

in blue handmade. read. carry. write. cover. enjoy.

In Blue started in 2008, after a relocation from bustling Chicago to a small farm in Southern Illinois. I bought a sewing machine on the way down, learned how to work it, and never looked back. Going from "I" to "we" with a team of leather working magicians and 50,000 + sale, In Blue has gone from one brick and mortar shop to a studio that we call home.

Now located in Asheville, NC, In Blue resides in a converted warehouse studio space. Together we make each piece by hand every day. We start with top grain cowhides, trace and cut our pattern pieces, sew 'em up, stamp down our ink, and ship them to your door.

It has been our pleasure to take our wares on the road, attending and vending many major music and arts festivals, including (but not limited to) Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Merle Fest, Pitchfork Music Festival, and the Newport Folk Festival.

It has been an honor to be featured in British Vogue magazine, Bicycling magazine, MSN, Mountain Xpress, Try Handmade, Southern Lady, Southern Living, Outside, and many, many more press outlets. Most importantly, we love what we do, and it means the world to the In Blue team to be able to bring you a personalized craft and a unique way to express yourself. Thank you for shopping handmade, we think you have made an excellent decision! :)

Keep up with our story on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @inbluehandmade !

Shop members

  • Mary Lynn Schroeder

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Design, Sewing, Printing, Emailing, General Owner Stuff, Coffee Procurer, Dogwalker.

    Hiya world! My name is Mary Lynn, I own In Blue Handmade, Inc. I am lucky enough to work with the best team in the world. I get to focus on printing, sewing, and designing these days, and lots and lots and lots and lots of emailing...

  • chief!

    Security

    Hi! My name is Chief. I watch out for everyone at in blue, and I am particularly focused on the freight elevator in the studio. I occasionally sign for UPS packages, and I also enjoy finishing your sandwich. In fact, are you going to finish that?

  • Britney!

    Maker, Designer, Customer Communication, Printing, Keeping Everyone In Line...

    Brit is one of the main lifelines of In Blue. She has been with us for years now, and is a master leather printer. She crafts up a storm, and always wins multi-tasking MVP at our annual awards ceremony...Brit rocks, and she makes great cupcakes.

  • Stacy!

    Maker, Sewing, Cut Room, Logic

    Stacy is an amazing seamstress! She kills it at the JUKI industrial machines we use, and she is one of the most intelligent, adaptable crafters we have ever seen! Her experience in framing is a huge asset to our team, and she is our best dj...

  • Travis Nevill

    Wholesale Manager, Maker, Move Buster

    Travis! Trizza! The best dancer in our studio by far! Travis manages our 200 + wholesale accounts, and helps out with production room stuff. If you have a shop and want to carry In Blue, Travis is your guy go-to guy!

  • Jeff Falbo

    Leather Tetris Expert, Shipper

    Jeff came to us at the perfect time, and has smoothly fit right in! Jeff works festivals with us, ships like a beast, and is willing to listen to so much of the terrible music we blast in studio... what a perfect!

  • Eric

    Customer Advocate, The Master Shipper, Bike Officianado

    Eric came to us to deliver a pizza and decided to stay. Chances are if you have asked In Blue a question, Eric has answered it. He is also the man responsible for #inbluedelivers...

  • Mary Claire Becker

    Graphic Designer, Image Creator, Printer

    Mary Claire joined forces with us due to her keen eye in detail when it comes to printing images. She's the one who helps create one off images to business logos for our products...AND she may also be the nicest person you'll ever meet. True story.

  • Jay E.

    Maker, Shipper

    Jay was pointed in the direction of a craigslist ad just waiting for him...no, really! Half our team already knew him through friendship, bikes, & other Asheville shenanigans! He seems to be finding his way around all the stray leather quite well...

  • Stephen Murray

    Musician, Artist, Maker

    Holy Ghost Tent Revival came in for our 'Between The Lines' interview series right before the busy holiday season, & so we recruited this guy! He will be in & out of the studio with us between touring with the band, & we couldn't be happier.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 18, 2017
Hello handmade enthusiast! We are so glad you stopped by, and even more thrilled you chose us to handcraft your purchase. In Blue Handmade is a small leather working team based in Asheville, NC. We take our dogs to work, we eat a lot of pizza, and we listen to podcasts while hand crafting your item. Please remember that we are a small business, and while we can often be found checking our email at 10pm on a Sunday, we do also occasionally take nights and weekends off. We try to answer all questions quickly, but because we are small and generally need sleep, it might take a business day to respond. We are grateful for you and your business, and we are here to make you an item you love!

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
Payment
Change your mind? Need to cancel your order? Please let us know within 1 business day of ordering to ensure that we have not begun to handcraft your custom item! No need to cancel over an address change, just hit us up and can put a new address on your order!
Shipping
You ordered! Thanks!
It takes us about 2 to 5 business days to make our smaller items (ie: most books, wallets, flasks, etc), and 1-2 weeks to make our bags (every item here is made to order).

We made your item (score!) now it is time to ship it to you!
How does this work?

We offer free shipping on all items within the United States. This means we will ship your item one of two ways, either USPS first class or USPS media mail. This shipping usually takes 3-5 business days after the item leaves our studio (sometimes sooner, occasionally a day or two longer). This comes with limited tracking, and tracking will be sent the second the item heads out of the door. Keep in mind, with free shipping, we cannot guarantee the delivery date, and cannot refund a package if it takes a little longer in the mail. If you really need it quickly, please click that shipping upgrade at checkout or contact us!

If you need an item more quickly, we have an option at checkout to upgrade your shipping. We love FedEx, and we think they do a great job with tracking updates and insurance. If you need something even faster (ie: you forgot your anniversary and its tomorrow), shoot us an etsy convo, and we can get you a custom quote for overnight shipping.

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS:
So you like our stuff, but you live really really far away? That's ok, we love to ship outside of the USA! Most items that are shipped outside of the United States go through FedEx bulk international mail. That means the item leaves the USA, goes to Sweden, and is dispatched from the hub that FedEx uses in Sweden. FedEx dispatches the item through your customs, and your local mail will deliver the item. This takes a while, approximately 6-14 business days (not guaranteed, because sometimes things do get extra backed up at borders.) Tracking is provided, but can be spotty and becomes up to your local mail service to update. There are so many countries in this giant world, and they all have different mail services and processes - that is why tracking can be spotty and we cannot guarantee or be held responsible for shipping times on this system.

Upgrades to guaranteed, more trackable shipping are available though!
If you need it a little faster, we can make it happen - there are options through FedEx to ship (5 day guaranteed mail, some even faster). Because these are more expensive and based on your location, please contact us for more info on insured and guaranteed shipping. We can make it happen for you, but we need to chat first!

VAT taxes, and all import taxes are up to you. We don't currently have a way to pay those for you, and we cannot be held responsible or refund an item that is taxed by your country when the item arrives.
Refunds and Exchanges
Oh no! Something went wrong?

We are here to help. We can exchange or refund any non-custom item for a small restocking fee of 10% (that means it does not have any custom text on it).

This covers things like:
1) you bought a gift for your partner and broke up before it arrived!
2) you tried to buy a bag for someone else and turns out they need a way smaller/bigger bag
3) situations that are not our fault or yours

Just make sure you contact us within 15 days of receiving the item. The item will need to be sent back to us in great condition, equal to the way it was when it arrived. Refunds cannot be processed until items are back in our hands, safe and sound.

Is this something we did wrong?

We think we are pretty good at our jobs, but every once in a while we make a mistake. Did we spell something wrong on your custom text? (whoops!) Did we send you the wrong item? It happens, and we are going to fix it, don't worry. Just contact us, let us know what is going on, and we will make it right (no restocking fee on our mistakes, and we will get you a prepaid shipping label for your return). Stay calm, In Blue has your back and wants you to get an awesome item.

The address to return an item to is as follows:

In Blue Handmade
20 B Westside Dr
Asheville, NC 28806

please include a note with your order that has your etsy username on there so we can get this process rolling quickly for you! Also, please don't tape the note to anything, just put it in the package with your item, we will find it :)

Sending back a bag? Please carefully package the return - tuck those straps into the bag, and make sure that when we get it we can re-gift it to our moms (they love our bags!)
Additional policies and FAQs
Hey guys - we want to talk about our leather. It is top-grain, eco-friendly tanned, and second source. This is best and most humane way for us go about making leather goods. This also means that there is minimal processing done on the leather. It is distressed. It is that way because we don't want to add a plastic top coat to the leather - we want to see the life of the animal on the item we make. That means there are scratches, tick bites, cowfight bites, brands and any number of cool discrepancies that make your item unique and one of a kind.

We cannot take back an item because it has a mark on it, that is what makes it neat. If you are looking for a mono-tone and super clean finish on the leather, we are not the leather workers for you - each hide we use has a slightly different tone because each cow is different. Some hides are darker than others, some are brighter, and we think things are better this way.

Your computer screen is also different than ours! Colors look different on different screens and throughout our shop (different hides, different sunlight, etc). If you are really worried about the exact tone in the leather, hit us up for swatches, we will make it happen!

More information

Last updated on Apr 12, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Gift wrapping and packaging

We can gift wrap! Let us know if you wanted an item gift wrapped. Simple wrapping is free, more elaborate and fancy papers will incur extra costs - contact us for more info!

Wholesale availability

We love our wholesale accounts! Check out our wholesale site or our etsy wholesale site for more info on stocking In Blue Handmade!