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MADE IN USA WEEK continues with two American-made leather brands. Then take your eyeballs to their happy place, by reading VOL. 1 and VOL. 2.
Everybody loves leather. At least everybody but vegans. We use it for everything: tight pants, ridiculous sneakers, and holding up our American-made denim. But there's levels to this leather shit and the market is flooded with cheap crap that barely remembers the cowhide (or tiny shreds of cowhide) it once was. Fortunately for you and me, Corter Leather and Tanner Goods are making kickass leather products that will age with you like the aforementioned denim.
Corter Leather & Cloth is a Cape Cod based, solar powered leather goods company using traditional methods to kick out some sweet accessories. The products are made by only two people (Eric Heins and his assistant Kayleena) and their care is on display in every piece. This is a company I can vouch for personally, as I have a couple of their utility belts and a compatible key ring, which are aging like a fine wine or Dame Helen Mirren. To add to that anecdotal evidence, I see the above bottlehooks on many good-looking people around LA and good-looking people are never wrong.
Portland, Oregon's Tanner Goods is a slightly larger company and they have a huge offering of dope leather joints like this belt from their Geoglyph Collection. They even make canine leads and collars, so you and your pooch can rock matching accessories when you step out for a quick poop because #dogscanstunttoo.
I don't fuck with any non-watch wristwear at this point, but this Tanner double wristband makes me feel like I should. You might judge me for that, but I think that reflects more on your own insecurities and prejudices than it does on me. That's something to ponder while you develop the patina on your luggage tag by taking your suitcase with you to the coffee shop.
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