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Full grain leather crossbody bags, leather totes, leather shoulder bags and genuine leather accessories for men and women.
Our unique and timeless leather creations start with the best possible full grail leather because we use only the highest quality U.S. sourced leather for everything we make. No exceptions.
There is much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us - if you want to! We hope you enjoy our site, and that you will check out our leather wallets, leather crossbody bags, leather totes and leather handbags. Take a moment to drop us a line if you don't see what you're looking for. We welcome custom orders and strive to provide our customers with pieces that they will use for a lifetime . We are adding new items to our store almost daily, and we are also available for pop up events within the Raleigh, North Carolina area. We specialize in creating one-of-a-kind leather accessories for men and women, custom designed leather totes, briefcases, purses, cross-body bags, messenger bags, leather iPhone cases, leather wallets, and leather iPad cases. We really are only limited in our designs by our imagination - and yours!
Currently, you can shop locally for our handcrafted leather creations at Amber Dear Styling located at 700 North Main St. Wake Forest, NC 27587
New products are coming soon!
We are a small, family owned business specializing in bespoke leather goods. First, we select the leather. We consider individual characteristics of each piece we cut out. We look at the color, the thickness, the way it feels when you touch it, the way it bends, and the way it looks in different lighting. Then we select the thread, considering the color, thickness, and type of material it is made from. After that, decisions are made about each piece of hardware that will be used…brass or nickel? Flat or shiny? Larger or smaller? How will it hold up to repeated use?
We even consider what might be carried inside of our creations when we choose the leather, the thread, and the hardware. Will it be a purse that will hold a wallet, phone, and other miscellany that one normally finds in a purse? Or will it be a tote that may carry your lunch, umbrella, and iPad one day, and then the next day carry a couple of books and bottled water - along with your purse, lunch, umbrella, and iPad? You get the picture, right?
Whit Daniel Leather began in 2010 when one man heard his wife musing aloud (well, actually she may have been venting rather heatedly) that she wished she could find a bag that didn’t look like the totes and purses that “everyone else” had, and that could withstand the day to day wear and tear that she inevitably would inflict upon it. She wanted something that could handle being used to carry books, bottles of perfume, her iPad, sometimes her lunch, a sweater, and usually a bottle of water or two. She did not want something small like a handbag, She wanted something that would hold up to the whirlwind of her life - without the stitching coming apart and without the “leather” peeling or cracking. What was up with that anyway? She showed him the bag that she had purchased just a few months ago from a very well-known company (a label worn frequently by the last first lady) which had been a little pricey (no, she didn't tell her husband that part) but she had justified the expense because she was sure it would last for years like a leather wallet. Sadly, one of the ends of the shoulder strap of the aforementioned bag was no longer attached to the body and it appeared that the stitching had come undone. Unfortunately, this debacle occurred as she was trying to cross a parking lot in the rain, an umbrella in one hand and coffee in the other, trying to find the keys to her classroom while simultaneously dodging the traffic of the carpool line. (Did we mention that she’s a teacher?) When the bag broke, all of its contents fell onto the wet pavement…lunch, iPad, papers graded the previous night, the book she was reading with her class, and a bottle of Jo Malone cologne that she knew she should have left at home but threw in the bag anyway because it made her feel good to be able to spritz it on when she felt frazzled. It would be a few hours later before she would be able to turn her attention to her broken bag, but when she did she realized that it appeared to be peeling apart in some places, one such place being where the stitches had broken, and subsequently dumping her life quite unceremoniously into the yuck of a wet parking lot in the middle of January right before seven o’clock in the morning.