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Sac du jour

February 10, 2011

Self-taught leather genius Eric Heins, a direct descendant of New England pilgrim Elder William Brewster, hand crafts Corter Leather's rustically seductive everyday pieces. Image courtesy of Commerce With A Conscience.

This week we’re excited to share with you the delights of the handmade suit out of Chicago’s Oxxford Clothes company.

Today we’re in Boston featuring more marvels of the handmade variety: the sumptious Corter Leather bags, billfolds and accessories.

Corter Leather is 23 year-old Eric Heins’ one-man operation. Born out of his own necessity for a wallet, it’s a classic tale of DIY that quickly became a head-turner and grew into a leather business. Heins’ approach is simple: “The pieces are designed to last, and will work for everyone.” Truly.

Heins is a direct descendant of American pilgrim Elder William Brewster who arrived to New England via the Mayflower in 1620. Heins’ connection to his heritage is reflected in the utilitarian sensitivity and “old world materials” we find in his one-of-a-kind leather goods.

Corter Leather’s website richly describes the pieces’ inspiration and character:

The collection is completely handmade, and uses old world materials that will age beautifully over time.

It is designed to be simple, yet multifunctional and flexible; the pouch design, like that of a weathered sailor, allows these pieces to hold many different things without need for multiple slots and pockets. Eyelets provide many wearable options, from pockets to wrists to shoulders.

The one piece body construction adds strength and protection, and even most of the stitching is protected by folds and flaps to ensure long life.

Clockwise from top left: Long Wallet, $96, Tether, $31, River Wallet, $52 on sale, and Slim iPhone/Touch case, $33. All Corter Leather.

Clockwise from top left: Ring Wallet, $42 on sale, Brass Key Hook, $39, Slim Card Case, $33, Braided Belt Loop, $32. All Corter Leather.

More reasons to love Corter Leather:

“Holes are punched and sewn by hand, hardware is set with a mallet, and though most leather is left natural, colored leather is dyed and oiled in house.

No templates are ever made; each piece is cut by memory, making no two pieces perfectly alike.”

We were lucky to piggy-back into Heins’ Victorian bachelor pad/workshop where he lives and works thanks to a drop-in visit by Commerce With A Conscience. Of course, CWAC took lots of great pics and we couldn’t resist sharing these with you today.

All images below courtesy of Commerce With A Conscience.

A protype Corter Leather bag

Making a Corter Leather card holder

Left, the original wallet that Heins made for himself and, at right, today's Corter Leather wallets

Eric Heins, Corter Leather's Maker, in his workshop

Special thanks to Commerce With A Conscience for the stellar images taken at Corter Leather (we wish we could have dropped in ourselves for a visit but, alas, we’re in Canada).

Read the interview and visit notes from Commerce With A Conscience.

Product images courtesy of Corter Leather. More good stuff at the Corter Leather shop.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jordana permalink
    February 10, 2011 2:40 pm

    WOW! I’m completely impressed. I would use every single one of the products you featured here. Beautiful designs…the leather looks soft and the Corter leather bag – oh my! Gorgeous post Johanne!
    -Jordana

    • February 10, 2011 3:05 pm

      Thank you! I know- I feel the same way about Corter Leather. I love every piece, they’re charming and useful and simple- and the leather looks top grade.

      I was so happy to find the pics from Commerce With A Conscience- they dropped in to visit Corter Leather and took such wonderful images of the space and Eric at work. What a delight to feature these today!
      -J :)

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