● Functional Chic for Urban Professionals ●

San Francisco, California
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Last updated on May 30, 2020

Welcome to our shop! :) Follow us on Instagram for restock updates, order sneak peeks, contests and special offers and subscribe to our email list on our official website:
We wish you a pleasant shopping time!


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About TheLeatherExpert

Sales 33,528
On Etsy since 2011

Handmade bags for self-made people. Elegant. Functional. Organized.

We are a small San Francisco-based family business catching eyes with the timeless elegance of our leather bags and accessories. We nourish simplicity and usability in our designs. Mix stunning textures, subtle geometry of shapes, supreme functionality and warm loving craftsmanship infused with patience and attention to detail – and that is how our bags are born.

We have created a full line of leather products for urban professionals starting from small accessories like key holders and wallets up to large travel bags and laptop briefcases. Casual, seductive, luxurious and yet looking impeccably professional and perfectly work-appropriate, our bags are loyal companions for the daily life. For leisure time, in professional life or at an elegant event, our bags are always a fit and a perfect form to emphasize your personality in a understated, quietly classy way.

Our collection colors are calm and balanced, bringing peace and tranquility to the hectic urban life. Our bags have natural organic look and sweet earthy smell of vegetable tanned leather that we source from a reputable US based tannery. We work with experienced tanneries only and we focus on natural sustainable process of tanning which doesn't involve harmful chemicals. Using highest quality full grain leather with natural irregularities allows us to make each bag truly unique. The leather that we select is highly durable and ages beautifully acquiring rich remarkable patina with the time.

Thanks to the support of our amazing customers, we are now at the point where we no longer can keep up with the demand. Some of you may have experienced how long our current restocks take and how far and between they are. We are determined to continue to create quality products at affordable prices, but we are overworked and burned out. Most of our designs are labor-intensive and require hours of qualified work. This is the one highest contribution to the price of a product. After months of calculations, we realized we will not be able to grow without changing our current business model. Thus, we have decided to partner with a larger overseas leather workshop that not only will allow us to bring your favorite designs to you more often and in a timely manner, but also keep the prices affordable (while ensuring fair living wages and great working conditions to the workshop artisans).

Starting from August’18, all our designs will be created by them. Till then, we will be selling the inventory that we have already made, so please bear with a lot of “sold out” options that you will see in our shop. We have personally visited the workshop in India to establish a long-term mutually beneficial relationship; checked making processes and equipment; and tested the skills of their artisans to ensure that the quality of our products will remain the same (actually, it’s going to improve, tbh!). Bringing our and their knowledge (and state-of-the-art machinery that they own) together, we have already figured out exciting new ways to improve our designs.

Meanwhile, our San Francisco studio will shift focus from making to designing and testing new patterns (we have tons of awesome ideas that we had never gotten time to work on!), researching and testing new materials for our bags (more colors and leathers are on our list!), and improving our current crowd-favorite designs. We will continue to offer personalization and will extend our personalization options to include more fonts, sizes, colors, and symbols. We will still ship all products from San Francisco (so the shipping time will remain the same) after conducting rigorous quality inspection of each product that we receive from the workshop and provide on-going after-purchase support to our customers. We are really excited about taking this next step in bringing more designs to life and sharing them with more people, and we rely on your support in doing so!

Feel free to feature our products on your blog or IG page, but please don't forget to tag / link back to us! We take long hours making sure our pictures represent the products well and are a great fit for fashion media.

Thank you for all your support and believing in us. We are looking forward to making your purchase an unforgettable one.

Shop members

  • Lisa

    Owner, Designer, Customer Service

    The creative power behind the shop. Designs and engineers impeccable patterns, talks sweet to customers, photographs (& models) the bags. On the personal side, loves dogs, marathons and coffee.

  • Elaine


    The chief craftsman and the leather guru. Cuts, sews, hammers, burnishes, punches and paints as no one else. Dances ballet and plays the guitar in her rare free time. Is responsible for caring for our darling ficus tree.

  • Sat

    Creator, Curator, Owner

    The chief technician and the head of innovation. Knows how to get things done, makes any machine tick, constantly explores new leather techniques and equipment. When free, loves playing board games and watching comedy shows.

  • Aaron

    Creator, DJ

    The soul of the team and the working bee. Puts all his heart and talent into the bags, helps tremendously to keep things well organized, pushes everyone to work longer hours. Doesn't rest, but loves music and DJs for our little studio.

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Last updated on May 16, 2018


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Frequently asked questions

What is your Returns/Exchanges Policy?

We accept returns/exchanges of non-personalized products. Please contact us within 3 days of delivery to authorise a return. The product must be unused, in the original condition, and shipped back within 7 days of delivery. If the product is shipped after the 7-day period, it can only be returned/exchanged for shop credit. Used and/or damaged products will not be accepted. The buyer will be responsible for shipping costs if they want the damaged product back.

Personalized products are final sale and cannot be returned/exchanged.

Oopsie products are not eligible for returns, but can be exchanged for shop credit.

How to care for my new bag?

We condition all products before they leave our studio. If the product gets extensive use and/or is often in the sun/heat, please condition it with a small amount of oil-based (not wax-based!) cream once in 2-3 months. Rub it lightly with a piece of cotton fabric after applying a conditioner to remove excess moisture. For normal use, please condition the product 1-2 times a year.

Please use a water repellent spray if the product is going to be used in the rain. If the product gets water stains, do not rub them! Let the bag air dry for a day or two in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight, then apply a conditioner.

Always test care products on a small piece of leather before applying it to the whole product.

Can you gift wrap my purchase?

We'd love to celebrate special events with you! Our gift wrapping includes colorful crispy tissue paper for small and medium products and brown paper for large products, bouncy ribbons and a thoughtful personalized card to remind again and again of the unforgettable day.

I love your designs, but the product/color I want is out of stock?

Please follow us on Instagram @era81_official or subscribe to our email list at to receive a notification once the design is back in stock. We make products in small batches and sell out fast, so be quick to reserve yours!

What's vegetable tanned leather?

Vegetable tanned leather is tanned using non-toxic organic bark and leaves over a period of 30 to 40 days (unlike quickly-made low-cost chrome tanned leathers that are harmful to health and the environment). It has a natural color and earthy sweet smell, and develops a gorgeous patina with time preserving the story of its owner and making each piece truly unique.
Vegetable tanned leather, w​ith the right care,​ ​also has the ability to heal ​scratches (unlike chrome tanned leathers, which, once scratched, cannot be repaired without re-tanning). This ability makes vegetable tanned leather products much more durable than any chemically tanned leather goods, and keeps them presentable and rich looking for years.

What's your quality guarantee?

We take pride in the quality of our products. If you believe your product develops any defects in craftsmanship, please contact us with photos of the defect, and we will repair it at no extra cost, provided the return shipping to our studio is paid by the customer. Please note that the guarantee only covers our craftsmanship; any damage caused by improper use or care, accidents or normal wear and tear is not included. If your product arrived damaged, please contact us immediately.

Do you offer special pricing for large orders?

Yes, we do! We are always looking forward to working with wholesale buyers. We use a sliding discount scale for orders of 50+ items. Please contact us to discuss the pricing.

How long does shipping take?

Domestic shipping usually takes 2-8 days (expedited options available). Standard International shipping can take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks. Please note that customs clearance of international orders usually takes time and account for this time within your shipping time estimations to make sure your purchase arrives in time for your event. International customers, please make sure to leave your phone number with the order. We do not ship to PO boxes internationally. We are not responsible for shipping delays caused by carriers and events out of our control.

Will I have to pay customs duties?

Please note that we are required by law to mark all items sold internationally as merchandise. NO exceptions will be made. International packages may incur additional import fees as determined by the country of destination. Customers are responsible for ALL additional import, customs and handing fees and are advised to research the costs prior to making a purchase.

When will my order ship?

Please check the current turnaround time in each listing. If you need your order faster, please reach out to us BEFORE placing an order to make sure we can deliver the product within your timelines. Please note that all orders are charged in full at the moment of purchase according to Etsy policies. We do not accept partial deposits.