Check out these links to other braided leather goods that I have made and read my guest book to see what others have said about the things they have purchased from me.
The pictures on this page are of the many soft, high quality leather handbags and purses that I have designed, hand crafted and custom made for buyers - there are larger pictures of each item on most all their individual pages. Everything is truly handmade - no electricity is used in its construction. Patterns that I have designed 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. Many are made with personal features that make them quite different from one another and truly one of a kind custom pieces. They are most all truly designer bags described to me by the purchaser. With my designs, and the soft, strong, comfortably thick leather that I use, it is best to keep pockets to a minimum.
I avoid using any hardware and none of them have a lining. These products are very durable and would far outlast most hardware and any lining that could be used with them.
The moccasin cowhide leather that I use is very strong, yet still soft and supple. Unlike a lot of leather used to make purses and handbags - all the leather that I use is American made and non-toxic.
I encourage you to read my guest book to see what others have said about the braided leather accessories they have purchased from me. In it you can read entries from folks that have owned my work for thirty years or more. ...Dave
I call this handmade leather bag my circle flap bag. It's just a nice shoulder bag that has a flap that I can put different appliques on . Here it's shown with a circle applique that has been very popular. It's made with the 'S' applique braid and has a large pocket on the inside. Its size is about 11" wide x 9.5" high x 3" across the bottom. The cost of it, using leather from my swatch card, is $225.00. Click on the picture or the button below to see a larger picture and further description.
These braided leather purses I call my 'roll-button purses'. It now comes in three different sizes. The two pictured on the right, and a larger size yet, in the pictures below. They have two compartments under the flap and a large pocket on the back side of it. The braid it is made with is more elaborate than the "s" applique braid on the bag above. The straps on them are braided. The large is about 10.5" wide x 9" high x 5" ($300.00). The smaller one is 9" wide x 8" high x 4.5" ($275.00). The largest of these designs is about 12" wide x 9" high x 6" ($325.00).
Here's is a picture of the small size bag along side the extra large size bag without the roll button - with a tri-loop Celtic type knot. There is another size of this bag in between these two sizes. A ruler is laid in front of them for help sizing. The image is clickable for a larger view.
The three bags below are all of the largest extra large roll button purse with different appliques on the flaps. The thumbnails are link to their pages.
Here's a couple of different fringed leather purses/bags that I've made using my braided leather construction. Click it to see more/bigger pictures and a description of them.
I've now build these sennit bags. in three different sizes. They are described with their dimensions on the page they are linked to. They have eight strand braided shoulder straps. There are pleats on the bottom corners of these bags to accommodate them holding more. The large brass zippers used are long lasting. There are quite a few more of these bags on the page with more views showing the different features of these popular styles.
The first time I made this bag style it was ordered by a man for his laptop and I then started calling it a 'man bag', hence, I named the web page about that purchase. Since then, more women have bought them than men. The style accommodates many places for pockets, or not. Like many of the things that I build, they are 100% leather - no hardware, thread, etc. is used.
A woman requested a double flapped bag like above except with a wider flat strap, hence the custom designed bag on the right.
On the left is another custom bag that I built from a sketch that was sent to me.
Several more pictures of each of these bags with descriptions on it's page link.
On the right is a clutch bag. I've made this bag many different ways and sizes. It has a pocket and sometimes a little star or initial on the reverse side of it. There is a large brass zipper across the top. A braided wrist strap on this one. I also make it with long braided shoulder straps.
To the left is one of the large totes that I make. It measures 14.5" x 14" x 4". This one has my braided leather butterfly applique on the pocket. Click the picture for the description and links to larger pictures of several more of these tote bags - each made a little different, such as, with a braided circle in place of the butterfly.
Here is another design of tote bags that I make. The dimensions are it are about 13" wide x 10" high x 3.5". I make them with either the flat strap or 8 strand round braided ones. Either way the straps can be made to any length a person selects.
The small bags pictured below can be made different sizes. The braided handles/straps can be made to any length. The different appliques can be left off or replaced. I use large brass zippers. Click for a number of others choices and larger pictures of them.
A unique leather bag that is linked to a description and larger pictures of the two different sizes.
These leather zippered bags are often called a messenger bags and can be made to about any dimensions. They have braided straps (or not) and pockets (inside and out). Click the images for a larger picture of them and others that I have built.
A variety of braided leather appliques that I used on my work.
I've custom made these leather 'double-flap' style bags in many different sizes. Most have pleats at the bottom corners forming the third dimension. Some of the smaller ones don't have pleats. Click on the pictures to see the various ways/sizes that they have been built.
"Hi Dave, I just got home and the handbag had been delivered. It is absolutely beautiful - the leather is soft and it is the perfect size and color. The pride you take in your work is more than justified. The braiding is lovely- your website reveals all of this, but nothing can really show the intricate craftmanship and artistry until you see the bag in the flesh (so to speak). I'm thrilled with it, and I know I will use this bag for years to come...and having a made-to-order handbag you can't find anywhere else is pretty darn special. I expect that at a few family gatherings coming up soon I will be bombarded with requests for your contact information I also expect I will be ordering another one..... Thanks again!" Sidney Ann
These two custom made purses were built to hold Apple Ipads. They both have pockets on the inside back that the Ipads slip into. There is also the pocket on the front.
When I've seen bags similar this, canteen bag is the only description that came to my mind. Sometimes, Harley Davidson air cleaner covers (like in the picture) are attached to them. But, it's also a nice bag without that. More info on the page.