Published August 21, 2012
A Big Store Full of Leather
The next time you’re hanging out in a leather shop...
Wait, that came out wrong.
It’s just that, well. There’s this leather shop and...
Ah, let’s just get into it.
, the first and only local outpost for the SF-based leather guys, now open on
When you walk in, you might think you landed in an old hunting lodge or an antique store. (Seeing a 1952
Royal Enfield motorcycle, a Gold Rush–era mine siren and a table made out of elk antlers will do that to
Start, naturally, on the main level. There, you can peruse their housemade gear, alongside jackets and
shirts from New York–based Scott James, super-durable sunglasses from SF’s Sutro and hats from
Hollywood’s Bailey Hat Company.
But the real action’s upstairs
. That’s where their custom workshop is, and where you’ll help
create a handsome wallet/iPad case/leather bodysuit. (Let’s just say you know someone who is very into
being Catwoman for Halloween.)
Start by saying hi to Jack, the owners’ dad, who got his start making saddles. He’ll guide you through
some source materials (cowhide, bison, ostrich, alligator... basically anything legal) and through more than
300 designs, ranging from lawyer’s briefcases to safari bags and footballs. They apparently made blue
alligator footballs for the Dallas Cowboys back in the day.
Which would be kind of cool, if it wasn’t the Cowboys.
653 Market St
(between 3rd St and New Montgomery)
San Francisco, CA 94109