home page of Anderson Leather Braiding in Bemidji, Minnesota USA
 custom leather purses and handbags braided
 using American made moccasin cowhide leather. 
 Everything on my web site is truly handmade - no electricity is used in its construction. Patterns that I have made are laid out and traced, holes are punched one at a time, laces are cut and then it is braided together. Any sewing used is done by hand. I've never counted exactly how many of these braided leather purses and handbags I've made, but it is now in the thousands. 

 The braided custom leather purse below is about 12" wide, 9" high, and 6" front to back. This bag without the roll button, but with the butterfly applique (like pictured here) costs $475.00. A bag like this with a roll button closure, without the butterfly applique, is $500.00. 
 This picture is of the back view of the purses showing it's back pocket and a better view of how the strap is built.
 This picture is of one of the custom handmade leather purses that I make. No electricity is used in this construction. Every seam, the edges of the flap, down the center/length of the strap, etc. are all braided with 1/4" wide laces of 4 oz. moccasin cowhide leather. It's 100% leather - it has no hardware, no lining or thread.
 Later, after Fran had received her purse, I received this email from her. 
 Subject: It has arrived 

 Hi, Dave 
 The bag was waiting on the stoop when I got home today.  I spent a lot of time just admiring the workmanship and feeling the leather -- it's soft as a baby's tush.  I really love how the strap is nice and firm and won't get all twisted around like the strap on the bag I have been carrying.  The strap is also just right in length.  The whole thing is just beautiful -- the color, the butterfly, the braiding, and it's a good, solid bag, too, that looks like it will take a bit of wear and come through OK.  Most important of all...I got all my stuff in it with no problem.  A very Merry Christmas to me and many thanks to you for a beautiful and highly functional piece of art.  I will definitely tell everyone where I got the great bag and give them your card.
 Have a fantastic holiday and I hope the new year brings you only joy and good things. 
 Thank you again. 
 Fran Osuch 
 And here is the text of her entry to my web site guest book: 

 If you have been searching for an artist who can create something beautiful in leather that will serve you well, be the envy of all your friends, and be worth every penny you spend -- Dave Anderson is your man. He is friendly, honest, doesn't waste time, and his work is truly awesome. I would give his business card to anyone without hesitation. I am very proud to be the owner of an Anderson Leather original.  Fran Osuch
 Thanks Fran pleasure, Dave 
 Hi, Dave 
 I wanted to get back to you and let you know that I am very much interested in purchasing a bag from you.  If the reality of your work is as mind-blowing as the pictures on your site there is no way I can pass on the opportunity to let you craft one for me. 
 Fran Osuch 
 This picture is a side view of the purse showing a good look at the different braids it is made with.
custom leather purses with braiding handmade using American made leather that is made in the USA
These two thumbnails are linked to larger pictures. 
purses and handbags made in the USA using American made leathers
shoulder bags made with braided leather
custom and handmade braided leather purse.
an angled view of this braided leather purse - clickable for a larger view.
click these thumbnails for larger views.
 " Got my purse today!  It's beautiful and worth the wait.  I expected it to be stiff until I wore it in a bit but it's not.  It was bigger than I  thought it would be, which is a good thing.  The hubby's jaw dropped when I threw out all of my other purses lol.  Love it!!  The two leather colors really make your workmanship pop.  Received so many compliments on it already.  Will contact you soon to order one for mom, need a bit to save up the money :). "
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 purses and handbags 
 braided leather vests 
 colors of leather 
custom leather vests using American made leathers that are handmade in the USA
brown leather vests braided using American made leathers that are hand made in the USA
 Check out these links to other braided leather things that I make and read my guest book, on my home page, to see what others have said about the leathers they have purchased from me. 
 Anderson Leather Braiding 
 since 1972 

 David C. Anderson 
 1814 5th St. NE 
 Bemidji, Minnesota USA 56601 
 Telephone: (218) 751-0445  
custom leather vests using American made leathers that are handmade in the USA
 This XL leather purse has a Sagittarius applique on it's flap. 
custom leather purses with braiding handmade using American made leather that is made in the USA
 Below is some of the correspondence I received about this purse from  Fran Osuch 
 I just finished this purse and I will return to add some text about it - links to the thumbnails are set.