Shop It Now: Heritage Leather Goods by Make Smith

This post was written by guest contributor Jess Chamberlain, a Seattle-based writer whose love of good design is second only to her passion for environmentally friendly—and locavore—living. Look for her #MadeInAmerica posts all month on our blog.

Steven with his grandfather and father. Photo by Nancy Neil.
I love a good handmade product, but there's nothing better than a company with real craft heritage. Steven Soria, the maker behind Make Smith Leather Co. is a third generation leather craftsmen. His father and grandfather, Steven Sr. and Bernard G. Soria, still work in this traditional craft and contribute to Make Smith goods. How sweet is this photo?

From handbags and wallets to belts and keychains, goods are crafted by hand in Make Smith's Santa Barbara studio. All of the Soria's designs are original and produced in small batches; each piece is one-of-a-kind. "I actually sort of look forward to the small mistakes that make a handmade bag," he says. "There's a sort of a character that comes...that gives it a subtle nuance." So true!

Check out the Make Smith workshop and hear more about Steven's process in this behind-the-scenes video.

The mountain clutch, $248.
Arrows Coasters, $60.Baja Textile Belt, $145.
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