LEMON BALL Leather Ball, $40
for the guy who has everything. The company, LEMON BALL, was founded by Paul Cunningham. Cunningham is a Hall of Fame researcher and MLB photo editor, so clearly an avid fan. His design stems from the “lemon peel baseball” which has been around for 200 years. All footballs and baseballs are handcrafted in New Jersey. Well crafted and a cool piece for the bookshelf. Another good one found on Etsy.
Vintage Mid Century Folding Magazine Rack
of reads do you keep in your magazine rack? Unread ones? Trashy ones? Home decor or maybe some books? I keep national geographic, cooking light and popular photography in mine – maybe a little bit of my nerdy side showing through. Anyway, svpply led me to this great Vintage Mid Century Folding Magazine Rack, which resides in this neat etsy shop called Interior Components. Along with this little gem, they’ve got some fine decor worth checking out.
Photo: Interior Components
Leather Mouse Pad from Freshly Picked
pretty darn awesome. Each one of these mouse pads by Freshly Picked is made to order, from the savvy mama who creates those adorable moccasins (you see all over those celeb-babies feet). The one trouble is deciding whether to pick neon yellow, purple or red/pink. If you haven’t already, check out the Freshly Picked blog too – a great roundup of some really cool stuff.
Leah Naomi via Freshly Picked Blog
Makr iPhone Sleeve
gets many mentions on this site, but the fact is that they produce really beautiful products that hold up over time. And I’m sure this iPhone Sleeve is no different. It’s hand sewn, and has a slim shape to fit in a back pocket or into a bag. As an added bonus, if you hurry on over to Makr, they are currently having a little travel sale.
Il Bisonte Key Ring
men’s collection of Il Bisonte comes this pretty fantastic key ring. Makes life a tiny bit easier to have those keys organized, and this is sure to do it. There are three different rings to sort out your keys properly, and keep them nice and tidy. Not to mention, the key ring is made in Italy by master leather artisans. It’s the small things.
Vlieger & Vandam Guardian Angel Clutch
fantastic find from former Guest Hunter Jamie Fisk. Jamie was wearing the Guardian Angel Clutch the other night and it immediately caught my eye. It’s by Dutch brand Vlieger & Vandam. In addition to launching new collections, founders Carolien Vlieger and Hein van Dam created their “Guardian Angel” collection to bring attention to the increasing violence in the media. All pieces have three-dimensional weapons embossed in the leather. Very cool, love the subtle uniqueness of the line.
Photo: Vlieger & Vandam
Kenton Sorenson iPhone Wallet
leather goods out of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. All pieces are made from vegetable tanned leather by Kenton Sorenson. Sorenson clearly knows what he’s doing and puts a lot of pride into his work. The outcome are great pieces like this leather iPhone Wallet, which is made from leather that is salt-cured, full-grain vegetable-tanned cattle hide. Not to mention, it’s organically treated without the use of any artificial colors or chemicals. The tanning process is time consuming and way too complicated for me to fully understand, but the outcome are beautiful leather goods that darken into a rich caramel color over time. Everything is made by Sorenson in his studio – even the stitching and hardware are the best quality. It’s all about simple pieces that are well made. Real well made.
Photo: Kenton Sorenson
Leather Backgammon Roll $35
a fan of backgammon since it was introduced to me back in high school. For whatever reason, I sort of forgot about the game for a while but was reintroduced to it while doing a summer share a few years back. Instantly I was totally hooked and decided I needed a board of my own. The problem is most boards are bulky. I love these leather rolls, super easy to pack for weekend getaways or to store in small spaces. This one is made by Cuvaes & Tucco in Mexico City from 100% natural hunting leather. It comes with all of the essentials – standard chips, 2 sets of dice, and is just one of those creations I wish I had thought of.
Benah Nico Drawstring Shoulder Bag, $395
the Nico Drawstring Shoulder Bag by Benah may be a must-have for fall. It’s available for Pre-Order on MYCHAMELEON, an online store that’s got a well-curated assortment of contemporary goods as well as emerging designers from around the world. Since being introduced to the Australian site a few months ago, it’s become a regular when I’m browsing online shops and it’s hard to leave without finding something to add to my wishlist. This well-constructed shoulder bag is made of suede and leather – the color is absolutely stunning and something tells me it might just get better with wear.. if that’s even possible. In addition to a drawstring closure and the strap that looks perfect for over the shoulder or wearing cross-body, it has a cotton lining and pockets on the inside and outside. It seems totally functional, really great looking and something that’s going to last for a long time. I want!
Billykirk No. 92 Cash/Card Case, $85.00
the first post we’ve done on Billykirk. A while back, we wrote about the No. 165 Carryall from the highly respected leather company that was started in ’99 by two brothers. This time it’s their No. 92 Card/Cash Case that’s getting a write-up. With the great craftsmanship and a reasonable pricepoint, it’s no surprise this customizable (they’ll emboss up to three letters in between the snaps) case is one of their most popular items. It’s made with the front pocket in mind from waxed cording, German Prym snaps and nickel hardware with slots on both the interior. Simple, rugged and made in the USA… how you like that?