WestEastArmory

Fine Leather Goods | Handmade with Texas Pride

San Antonio, Texas · 78 Sales

WestEastArmory

Fine Leather Goods | Handmade with Texas Pride

San Antonio, Texas 78 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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(16)

Announcement   Howdy, and welcome to WestEast Armory!

I'm a one-Texan operation striving to produce the finest leather goods, filled with the pride of Texas. Based in the heart of San Antonio, Texas, I am committed to the best quality and service possible, no matter where you might be.

I specialize in the creation of things that can make life easier, such as belts, wallets, key chains, notebook covers, and bags. That being said, I'm always working to expand my product line, and I'm always available for custom work and one-of-a-kind requests.

Feel free to look around, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. If you'd like to see some of my past custom work or learn a bit more about me please visit my website at WestEastArmory.com!

Thanks for stopping by, and until next time, have a good one!

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 7, 2016

Howdy, and welcome to WestEast Armory!

I'm a one-Texan operation striving to produce the finest leather goods, filled with the pride of Texas. Based in the heart of San Antonio, Texas, I am committed to the best quality and service possible, no matter where you might be.

I specialize in the creation of things that can make life easier, such as belts, wallets, key chains, notebook covers, and bags. That being said, I'm always working to expand my product line, and I'm always available for custom work and one-of-a-kind requests.

Feel free to look around, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. If you'd like to see some of my past custom work or learn a bit more about me please visit my website at WestEastArmory.com!

Thanks for stopping by, and until next time, have a good one!

Phillip Kimm

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Phillip Kimm

Reviews

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Jacey Rhodes

Jacey Rhodes on Nov 14, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

My husband loved his belt! Thank you

trinneer

trinneer on Nov 3, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Really nice product, and I loved that I could get something custom. It's a simple bracelet, but even simple things can go really wrong. This one didn't. It's great!

ryanhkung

ryanhkung on Oct 28, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

The quality of the strap absolutely exceeded my expectations. Everything about it so perfect that I couldn't be happier with it. I'm excited to buy more to give them out as gifts. Amazing job!

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About

My Road to Leather

Howdy, my name is Phillip. I'm your average ballroom dancing, competitive fencing, gun shooting, knife collecting, nap loving kinda guy with a passion for handcrafting fine leather goods. If you have the time, I'd like to share with you how I got into leatherwork, my ideas, inspirations, and the philosophy behind everything that I do.



My Road to Leather

Without coming from any type of formal leatherworking background, I became interested in leather goods like shoes, boots, and belts in 2012 while attending college. From then on, I've been fascinated with learning everything about leather and researching high quality goods that I could only dream about affording. Because of my low college student budget, I ended up buying lower quality leather goods to try and stretch what little money I had, only to be sorely disappointed with the incredibly poor craftsmanship and quality that I found. Spurred on by my frustrations, I decided to make my own leather goods. Eventually, the people close to me began to notice the items I made; suddenly, I had a way to support my hobby and grow my passion into what it is today.



My Philosophy

As today's modern culture is continually expanding its thirst for "cheaper, faster, and disposable," I feel that there is now a small, but growing group of people who are actively seeking, and even demanding, quality and craftsmanship. Quality and craftsmanship can come in many different forms, from the ultra-luxury automobiles that are produced to exacting tolerances and extreme performance, to the single individual who spends the extra time to do the job right, no matter what that job may be.




I, myself, have gone through several different stages in my own journey of quality and craftsmanship. I was raised in a family where, out of necessity, what was frivolous was not bought. Mom and Dad were always, and still are, careful with their money, and would always be willing to buy quality versions of the things they needed. At that time I was very young, and didn't understand that my parents were trying to start a business, and I was too young to appreciate the hard work and effort that went into buying the nice things that we did have. It wasn't until my first year in college that I began to see the value of quality over quantity.



The first thing that changed me was when I started traditional wet shaving. It brought me back to a time where everything was done with meaning and purpose. Wetting the brush, creating a lather, and passing the razor over my face all took time and effort. I had to be conscious of the entire process, and the time it took allowed me to reflect on the day ahead of me in a way that I never experienced before. It's no exaggeration when I say that wet shaving was absolutely life changing for me. It was the catalyst I needed to realize that what I needed in my life was not the newest, fastest, and cheapest, but to slow down and live with meaning and purpose.



With meaning and purpose in mind, I needed an outlet to focus my efforts. I was burnt out with school because I felt that all my hard work was going into thin air. It was when I saw a YouTube video of a guy making a leather cellphone case that I knew I had to give leatherworking a try. It didn't look very hard at all, and it seemed like it only took him a few minutes to make. Turns out that making that cellphone case was extremely difficult, and took me many trials before I made one that came out looking decent. Even so, I was completely hooked. I had made something tangible, that I could hold in my hands and proudly show others. I had never felt this sense of accomplishment before, and it was exhilarating. That one project had a deeply profound impact on me, and I haven't looked back since!



Now that I have a solid understanding of who I am, and who I want to continue to become, I like to draw my inspiration from my everyday life. I like to ask myself questions such as, "Is there a way to simplify this situation?" or "Is there something that would solve this problem?" The very first problem that I tackled was my issue of burning through department store belts. Every year it seemed like I was spending another $30 to replace a belt I had just bought. Through that irritation, I designed my Everyday Leather Belt. With every product that I make, I try and solve a problem that I've personally experienced, and in doing so, I feel that I create a superior end result.



If all this sounds familiar to you, or resonates with your own ideals and philosophies, then I welcome you to explore the things that I have created. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for taking the time to read and understand a little bit of myself and my story, and I hope that I can earn your business in the future.


Phillip Kimm

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  • Phillip Kimm

    Owner, Designer, Leathercrafter

    I've always loved working with my hands because seeing tangible results and people's reactions to the things I've made gives me a huge sense of accomplishment . All the hard, tedious work pays off when someone is proud to own something I've created.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 1, 2016
Howdy! I'm just a one man operation making handmade leather goods filled with Texas Pride. My inspiration comes from the difficulties in everyday living and how to make things simpler and easier. Every process needed to make a finished product is done completely by hand, one step at a time. I truly believe that it's this time and labor intensive process that allows me to create a finished product that is of the highest quality with superior attention to detail. Thank you for stopping by, and don't forget to check out my Facebook, Instagram, and website for pictures of past projects and custom work!

Accepted payment methods

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  • 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
I accept all VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal and Etsy gift cards. I currently do not accept personal checks or money orders.

Payment is due when your order is placed. If ordering multiple items, combined shipping is automatically calculated. If there is an error in the combined shipping cost, please let me know so that I can make the required adjustments.

Cancellations may occur if required information is not given at the time the order is placed, such as, but not limited to, custom sizing, or special requests.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me for further clarification.
Shipping
Shipping will be handled within a reasonable time frame. Because every process in making these goods are done by hand to include, but not limited to hand sewing, cutting, stamping, burnishing, etc., orders may require additional time to complete. If you have any pressing concerns or would like rushed production and delivery, I will be more than happy to work with you.

Due to import restrictions of leather goods to Italy, orders that have an Italian shipping address will be immediately canceled and refunded in full.
Refunds and Exchanges
As leather is a natural material (unlike the synthetic or bonded leather factory made stuff), there may be naturally occurring creases, scars, and markings visible which is not eligible for refund. Natural wear, scuffs, use, as well as abuse by using your leather goods in a manner it was not intended for is also not eligible for refund. Because of this, refunds are typically not accepted, but if there is anything wrong, if you experience something out of the ordinary, or if your item fails under normal use, I will be more than happy to make things right.
Additional policies and FAQs
If there is absolutely anything that I can do to make your buying experience better, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate any and all requests.

More information

Last updated on May 27, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I love custom orders!

Customization can be anything from an added monogram to an item, to a completely one-of-a-kind project. If you would like to place a custom order, please contact me for more information such as pricing, time frame, and any potential restrictions and/or limitations.

Production times

All items are made by hand to order unless otherwise specified. While most handmade orders can typically be fulfilled within two to three weeks, depending on timing, work load, and complexity, orders can take up to six to eight weeks time to complete. Orders are completed in a first come, first serve manner. If your order takes longer than four weeks to ship, you will be notified and updated and informed of current production times and will be provided an estimated shipment date. Rush production and expedited shipping are available for an additional cost for those who are limited on time.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Special gift wrapping and packaging is available upon request and may incur additional charges depending on complexity and the size of the item to be gifted. Please inquire for more information if you would like to have an item gift wrapped.