Ceri Hoover Fall 2015

Since I first spied the work of Ceri Hoover in Nashville, Tennessee last year, I've been an avid fan. Taking a break from work yesterday to Instagram, I was all smiles to come upon the announcement of her Fall 2015 collection, just released...  

Rich textures, simple, sophisticated... all mantras for this year's fall collection. Ceri's gorgeous handbags, which she began crafting in 2013, have made quite the impact in a short amount of time, as they're currently sold in over 200 stores nationwide, including her latest big get, Anthropologie. 

She has dozens of fab leather bags to choose from on her site, including totes, clutches and crossbody options. Just click here to see for yourself. Congratulations on your new collection Ceri and happy weekend y'all....


Images: cerihoover.com    Content: Sweet Peach 

Leather Goods by Prospector Co...

A few years ago, I blogged about Kyle Hinton's company, Prospector Co., based in Savannah, Georgia. At that point in time, Kyle had a small but stellar collection of grooming goods that exuded high quality and minimal design. So it's nice to see him expand his retail sensibility to now include leather goods for the modern man... 

His carry collection is ever expanding but currently includes eyeglass cases, all purpose pouches and various sized wallets, all made with top grade leather that will age well with time and use. 

Prospector Co. is an amazing enough shop online, yet I can't wait to one day step inside the brick and mortar in Savannah. Based on what Kyle has accomplished so far - expanding his grooming line to now include home goods, clothing and accessories for both men and women, my admiration knows no bounds...


Images: Prospector Co.     Content: Sweet Peach


It's no secret I'm a sucker for a good leather bag...so when I saw this shop mentioned in a Garden and Gun tweet yesterday, I had to delve a bit deeper to see what they were all about. 

Turns out, Matine is a line of leather accessories handmade by Carolyn Misterek in Washington D.C. Carolyn has crafted about two dozen pieces to choose from and each one has a minimal, timeless feel with a good pricepoint. 

The Prima Tote is my favorite. I love how it can be a tote one minute and a chic clutch the next. That's my fit exactly. Check out Carolyn's entire leather shop to find your personal favorite, here.


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Warfield Supply

As my bag obsession continues, I couldn't pass up writing about this up and coming leather company which I happened upon on Instagram the other day. Warfield Supply is owned and operated by Ricky Foster and Jazmin Lee in Nashville, Tennessee and you need to know about them...

With a passion to create functional, stylish products with their own hands, Ricky and Jazmin have amassed an impressive bag collection made from high quality, raw leather. With almost a dozen bags in their arsenal, they've covered the need from small wallet to tote, from clutch to duffle. 

I always love reading about artisans who feel like they've finally found their passion...because it shows. All of these bags are beautifully made and classic in style. Shop for your personal favorite, here.


Images: Warfield Supply     Content: Sweet Peach


Bags by Tweeds

Not that I'm ready for autumn just yet, but looking ahead to the cooler months, I can't imagine a better bag to use, adorn, drool over...

Thomas Wages, the owner of Tweeds, designed these gorgeous messenger and weekender bags made from a mix of full-grain buffalo leather, solid brass hardware and high quality fabrics - like this one, made from Harris Tweed via Scotland. 

Every time I go into the Tweeds shop in Atlanta, I find my way over to these bags and just rub my hand over them slowly- part curiosity, part creepy obsession. This makes me realize this morning, how overdue I am in writing this blog post. Thomas created such a unique and beautiful bag collection available in shop or online. Take a gander, here.


Images: Tweeds Shop       Content: Sweet Peach

Guys and Gadgets

Guys love their gadgetry but, as can often be the case, they don't always put much thought into their protective covers- at least not stylistically. Thankfully, Noah Marion of Austin, Texas has stepped in to add classic, masculine design to the tech world. Since 2006, he's been crafting slim, functional leather holders for lots of manly goods and gadgetry.

Noah relies on and prefers working with untreated, undyed natural vegetable tanned leather. Each piece is meant to patina to a darker brown as time passes on by...

Every time I check Noah's site, I see a new piece added to his collection. He's an artist to watch and bookmark. And if you're lucky to be in Austin anytime soon, I'd head on over to his brick and mortar shop for a visit. 


Images: Noahmarion.com      Content: Sweet Peach


Checking in with Loyal Stricklin...

Michael Stricklin reminds me of the Mason Shaker boys. Once those guys developed the mason shaker, every time I checked their site after that they would have three new equally amazing products to sell. Same is true when I check in with Michael over at the Loyal Stricklin shop in Opelika, Alabama. He's always making something new, something interesting and manly. Something I want...

Working with leather is Michael's forte. He currently has about a dozen bags for sale in his shop but these two I love for their cool, rustic patina. Each bag is made of Horween leather and stitched by hand. 

The latest creation, the Signature Whiskey Flask, is made of stainless steel and encased in four ounces of hand sewn American Harness leather. The set includes two shot glasses and a funnel and there are four color options for the leather as well. See the entire shop of quality, manly goods, here.  


Images: Loyal Stricklin      Content: Sweet Peach 


Misc Goods Co.

I love a good Kickstarter story... and this one is particularly inspiring. Dead broke and in need of a job after his wife had a child, Tyler Deeb borrowed $1200 from a friend to keep the bills paid. After playing with the idea of designing a deck of cards, he decided to give it a try and start a Kickstarter campaign. He was asking for $6250 to manufacture his cards. After just 20 days, he raised $146,596. 

His campaign went viral primarily because he was giving a face lift to something that sorely needed it and the design was incredibly cool. Quality was paramount and each set of cards are printed on Bee paper, which is the highest quality coated playing card stock. The handsome tuck case is printed with black ink, silver foil and is embossed. And I love the option to have a hard case, made by hand with cherry and walnut wood. The leather strap is tanned and the button is brass. 

Tyler fulfilled those 10,000 orders and then instead of expanding his card line like many expected, he went on to create a variety of innovative, cool things, hence his shop name... (here's his ceramic flask, which I blogged about a few months ago) 

This dark brown leather wallet is made with the modern, minimalist guy in mind. It's big enough for your cards and loose bills without adding too much heft to your pocket. Tyler burned some safe keeping instructions as a fun, added touch as well. See what else Tyler is up to in his Louisville, Kentucky workshop, which you'll never guess on your own, here...


Images: Matthew Stevenson, Molly Roberson, Misc Goods Co     Content: Sweet Peach

Awl Snap Leather Goods

A bag is an important part of our everyday life. It carries all of our important things... we rely on it, bring it everywhere, care for it, depend on it. So taking time to pick the right one makes a lot of sense. One southern bag maker that currently has my rapt attention is Erin McRoberts of Richmond, Virginia... 

At her studio, Awl Snap Leather Goods, Erin and her team of designers and fashion students craft some really beautiful bags for both men and women. Buttery soft leather is sourced throughout the world, including Italy, Mexico and Germany and each handcrafted piece comes with a lifetime guarantee. 

I love the second adjustable leather handle on Erin's Tesser Tote. Why don't more bags have this feature? I want, I want...

And just because it's a really good idea, the team created this fantastic hand stitched leather beer holder with vintage bottle opener. Which reminds me, it's Friday and I'm more than ready for happy hour. Enjoy the weekend y'all...


Images: Awl Snap    Content: Sweet Peach 


Passport Please...

It's a tad hard to write today as it means my trip to Bali has come to an end. I returned over the weekend and can't help but crave a return to that blue gray ocean and waking up to the sweet scents of frangipani...plus, all the Balinese people I met along my path who shared such extraordinary kindness and joy of spirit. I am grateful for all of it, as well as the chance to stamp my passport again...which got me thinking of a good Manly Monday post for today...

Amina Munster of Teague, Texas launched a leather company in 2006 and she has been perfecting her craft ever since. The characteristic sunburst leather stain is one she has become known for and the process took eight years to get just right...

I love the worn look of this stain and the great thing is Amina offers custom passport covers with either monograms, logos, personal drawings or short sayings so the cover can really speak to the individuality of its owner. As a passport is something to covet and take good care of, it's only right to treat it to a handsome, handmade leather case. See all the options, here. 


Images: Exsect    Content: Sweet Peach 


Very Fine South

Laura Shope of Very Fine South has a great aesthetic. I first started to see her beautifully made, minimally chic bags around Atlanta spring of last year. Since then, I've been a stalker of sorts, always wondering what she's up to as her work marries high quality with killer design. The cool thing is she just launched a new line and sent over a few pictures to share on Sweet Peach. Introducing the ENSO collection...

Enso is Japanese for 'circle.' As Laura shared, "In Zen Buddhism, the enso symbolizes strenth and elegance. Each piece in the ENSO collection incorporates a full circle in its design. Known for thoughtful simplicity in their design style, Japanese tradition was a naural inspiration of form." The Circle Clutch is made from buttery soft leather, available in six different colors and is fully lined.

Laura wisely subscribes to the 'form follows function' approach to design. As a student at Georgia Tech, she was greatly influenced by the works of Charles & Ray Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Raymond Loewy who were designing to not only fulfill a need, but to do so in a way to bring pleasure and simpliticy into the lives of everyday people. Laura, "The simple and elegant designs that the early mid-century is known for have always made the most sense to me." 

The timeless, classic quality to her pieces that still feel modern is what I love most about her work. I mean, the Cutout Tote, what's not to love? The cutout circular handle allows you you to hold it in your hand or fold it over and slide your wrist through. Dual functionality is always a good thing...

Besides the four pieces in her Enso collection, Laura has a couple limited edition pieces that I just had to share. This includes the stunning Springbok Clutch made from the soft mohawk hair of the South African antelope...or the Deerskin Fringe Clutch made of buttery soft deerskin. They each represent original, handmade works that are truly the show stopper of any outfit. I want, I want, I want... To continue to drool and pine over Laura's goregous works of wearable art , click here.  


Images: Claudia Bost for Very Fine South      Content: Sweet Peach 


The Reuben Wallet

Every time I see the handiwork of Dallas, Texas based artisan, Barrett Alley, I'm reminded why I'm such an avid fan. His mix of handcrafted leather and vintage Japanese or German cloth is as good as it gets...

His latest creation, the Reuben Wallet is 2.5" x 3.5" and meant to hold up to 8 credit cards or a mix of cards and cash. It's not a carry all by any means- just there for you when you want to keep it simple (and stylish).

I like to think the Reuben Wallet is a manly necessity, functional yet modern and classic. Purchase your favorite, here. 


Images: Barrett Alley; carryology.com    Content: Sweet Peach

Bracelets, by Billy Moore

Good news. Billy Moore, the Tennessee based craftsman behind the incredible leather distressed belts, has recently added bracelets to his collection... 

Leather, copper and sterling silver are Billy's materials of choice. His bracelets range in price from $60-$170. 

Billy's double wrap leather bracelets are made from hand worked leather, then softened, painted and weathered by his hands. A copper hook or buckle is the finishing touch. 

As stated on The Lodge site, "Billy's methods are unique among leather craftsmen. Inspired by his father and grandfather who knew how to build things and fix them when they're broke, he uses his hands and tools created by nature to craft his pieces. After acquiring leathers from American tanneries, he conditions the skins, sometimes waist deep in a river, othertimes using a tree stump, or even with boulders to give an uneven finish. See all of Billy's bracelets, here. 


Images: Cause and Effect     Content: Sweet Peach


The Knot Bag

As much as I salivate over bags, you would think I have a whole closet full. I do not- but I'm working ever so slowly towards that goal. Next one on my list is the Knot Bag by Elizabeth Suzann of Nashville, Tennessee. 

The Knot Bag is a design achievement in simplicity, offered in both large and small sizes. As shared on Elizabeth's site, "The deerskin leather has a Japanese-inspired origami shape with no buckles, hardware or zippers. Throw in your daily essentials, pull the longer handle through the shorter handle to close and you're on your way." 

Elizabeth is a self taught designer with a passion for crafting thoughtful, minimal items of the highest quality. The Knot Bag is just one small part of her impressive clothing and accessory collection. See it all, here.


Images: elizabethsuzann.com      Content: Sweet Peach 

The Rucksack

Ever since I first blogged about Michael Stricklin and his developing line of cool, rugged leather goods, handmade in Alabama, I've been an avid fan. It's always very rewarding to see the success of emerging artists who care so deeply about their craft. And the hard work is paying off. This leather rucksack, in my opinion, is his best work yet. 

Each Loyal Stricklin rucksack is made to order and has a lifetime guarantee. Made of the highest quality 4 ounce leather, each bag is 12" wide x 5" deep x 19" tall when rolled up. When unrolled, the bag extends to 25" in height. It's an investment piece that will stand the test of time, getting better with time- just like Michael's handiwork. To see all his wares, which include wallets, belts and his popular aviator mug, click here.  


Images: loyalstricklin.com    Content: Sweet Peach 


Slightly Alabama

Dana Glaeser's roots are in the deep south where he was born and raised...until his life journey took him to NYC to work as a Marketing Executive. Left a tad unsatisfied in the corporate world, Dana decided to jump ship and work for himself- crafting something with his own two hands that stirred his soul. Like this crazy good Sheffield Bag, made with Horween leather and antique brass hardware.

Today, Dana's line, Slightly Alabama, has expanded to include all manner of bags, pouches and leather accessories. (I can't help but love this leather wine tote) With little interest in following trends, Dana concentrates on producing products that are durable and made of the highest quality. Then he lets the work speak for itself...


Images: Slightly Alabama   Content: Sweet Peach

Savage Supply Co.

Last week, I received an email from a guy named Alex Chernopiskiy of Charlotte, NC. Alex wanted to share a Kickstarter project he just started, where his goal is to raise $10,000 to craft a line of canvas and leather goods. I like his style so of course I wanted to share...  

Through his company, Savage Supply Co., Alex and his team has created an impressive first collection of goods. Their handiwork isn't flashy or trendy...but functional and classic, meant to get better lookin' as time passes by. 

Alex, "Our mission is to mix practicality with soul." I think this Knife Roll is a perfect example of that sentiment. It unravels to hold 8 knives, made with oil tanned leather and lined with pig suede. Click here to learn more about the Savage Supply Co. Kickstarter project and please donate if you can. More men and women need to adorn a Savage Supply Co. bag, don't you think? 


Helm Boots

Quality craftsmanship is always appealing- and readily apparent inside the Helm retail shop on the east side of Austin, Texas. 

At the core of Helm is their specialty creation... boots. All their boots are made in the USA with high quality materials like soft, durable leather and are designed with clean, classic lines. Each pair includes a signature white midsole and are built to be used and abused, for the working man...

Joshua Bingaman is the man behind the brand. An adventurous soul, Joshua cares deeply about creating quality shoes that stand the test of time - shoes that will get us from one place to the next with reliability and swagger, during our own personal adventures around town or across the globe. 

The Helm retail shop looks like an incredible place to visit. Opened in 2013, the shop includes their current selection of boots and a plethora of accesssories for both sexes that are carefully curated, of high quality and made in the USA. Quality, attractive craftsmanship appears to be the mantra. Gotta like that...


Photos: Helm Boots; Michael A Muller;  Content: Sweet Peach

Lineaus Athletic Company

I love products that have an old school touch. Classic, traditional design is popular with the men, which is why I know they'd love anything made by Lineaus Athletic Company of Marfa, Texas. 

These football and rugby balls are as gorgeous as they come. Made with full grain baseball glove cow hide, each one is made super sturdy, using three cords of polyester thread, double locked-stitched. 

Then there are the heavy balls, available from 1lb to 5 1/2 lbs, along with this impressive and ultra cool medicine bag. I also really like this squat bar, because why not make it stylish? No matter which manly thing you desire, each product from Lineaus is custom made, ensuring a beautifully constructed, highly functional product to stand the test of time. Old school.   


Photos: Lineaus      Content: Sweet Peach



The one thing my wardrobe currently lacks is an array of good shoes. I tend to spend my money in every other direction but my feet. That's not to say I wear flip flops every day of the summer but I dare admit, I find a bit of bliss in their cozy simplicity. Yet, truth be told I do aspire for something more- something eye catching, well designed and if I'm lucky, made by a true craftsman...

Nisolo in Nashville, Tennessee was founded in 2011 after Patrick Woodyard took a job in Trujillo, Peru. During his stay, he met shoemakers who shared an exceptional talent as well as an inability to find a foothold in the industry. Although highly skilled, they were unable to find consistent work. 

Inspired, Patrick brought in designer, Zoe Cleary, whom after seeing the quality and passion of the Peruvian shoemakers firsthand, quit her job with a major fashion label to help create a company that would empower this group of craftsmen. Their work collectively would have purpose, meaning...and great style. To their credit, Patrick and Zoe have started one of the world's first social impact fashion labels. 

Besides shoes made for both men and women, their fashion label includes classic essentials like bags and accessories. I'm a bit head over heels for these leather totes, all priced under $200. The small leather clutch is $44...

For their producers, Patrick and Zoe facilitate sales, offer skills training, safe working conditions plus pay an average income increase of 300%. These are craftsmen who should be proud of their work and not worry about inconsistent employment or a savings for their family. As I aspire to find more meaning in my day to day work, this special group of artisans offers incredible inspiration. Now, about those shoes...


Photos: Nisolo      Content: Sweet Peach