WELCOME TO STICKMAN LEATHER
I'm Shawn Bettinger, owner of Stickman Leather. I began handcrafting leather items in 1986 during my college years in Syracuse, NY. Each bag is designed, patterned, cut & sewn in my studio in Renton, WA. Stickman Leather bags are handcrafted from the finest #1 grade domestic leathers. As rugged as the Pacific Northwest, each piece is a commitment to fine craftsmanship and durability. I stand behind my workmanship because our product is of the highest quality. Thank you for exploring the website, looking at the photos and videos of the bags and if you want to see them in person,come on down and see us at Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle!
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
1. Top grain/full grain leather.
A quality bag is made of the best leather, drum dyed so the color won't bleed.
Some manufactured bags are made of leather scraps in a process similar to creating particle board. Honestly, one way to tell is price. If you're out shopping and a leather bag is VERY inexpensive, the leather is either urine-tanned (as gross as it sounds) or made of urethane-coated leather scraps.
2. Nylon Thread
Any other type of thread will either rot or break.
3. Solid cast hardware.
Check for seams. If a buckle or ring has a seam then it will pull apart with use.
For a later post, I'll talk about bags that are pieced together - tip, a bag is more durable, the fewer pieces it is made with! If your strap isn't one continuous piece, it's a dead giveaway.