These are trying times. As we are all getting used to our new “normal”, I hope you are staying safe and healthy.
2020 marks the 10th anniversary of Tagsmith. This isn’t how I planned for this milestone year to go, but I am trying to focus on the positives and moving forward. In between hanging out with my family, I am still in my workshop in LA making leather goods, shipping, and communicating with customers. As always, I work alone and handle every detail. If you need to order an item for yourself or a gift for a loved one, I’m here for you.Take care of yourself.
Well, it’s that time of the year where I must reluctantly stop taking orders for Christmas delivery. I have taken all of the orders that I can make in time, and my hands are seriously full. I’m a one-man shop and make every item myself, but if you’ve already placed your order, rest assured it will be shipped as soon as possible. The good news is you can still order Tagsmith leather goods, whether as a gift for yourself (come on, you deserve it!) or as a belated holiday present. Just know that all of my normal production times and shipping times are in effect and you’ll receive your order within that window, which will be after Christmas.
Thank you for shopping Tagsmith this holiday season! Hope you and your loved ones have a great one!
New Item Alert!
There’s something deeply satisfying about finding the perfect gift for a loved one, or yourself, which is why I wanted to offer an accessory that could be personalized beyond initials and dates. I’m proud to introduce a key fob that can be laser engraved with a custom quote or message. Now, you can carry that classic quote, favorite song lyrics, or your own meaningful message with you always.
Constructed out of high grade full grain leather tanned in the USA with a quality nickel-plated key ring, this accessory is made to last. I’m offering them in natural veg tan, which will develop a rich patina with use and age, dark brown bridle, medium brown bridle, and black. All lettering is in black. The laser I use is literally burning the text into the leather, so it won’t fade.
This is already becoming a popular seller for me, and customers are telling me they’re happy to have the opportunity to create a truly unique gift that can be sentimental in exactly the way they want it to be.
New item alert!The leather minimalist wallet has been one of my most popular items since I first launched Tagsmith, and it’s always been one of my favorites. The streamlined design holds credit cards, cash, or business cards securely in one pocket, and has always appealed to both men and women who appreciate timeless, classic handcrafted leather goods. My original design held cards in a single vertical pocket, so I was excited to introduce a horizontal version to give customers an additional option.
For this item, I wanted to use Horween Chromexcel, the original “pull up” leather, which is one of my favorite leathers to work with and to use when I make my own personal items. It’s durable, feels great, and just has so much character. I glue the leather together before I sew it to make sure this wallet is not coming apart. Then, to keep the look polished, I edge the sides, sand them, then apply two coats of paint by hand (I use imported Italian edge paint - fancy and durable!). This ensures a smooth finish and feels really good to the touch.As with most of my items, I can personalize this wallet for you. I offer a gold foil and silver foil, both of which really pop on the darker leathers. For a more subtle look, I can also blind emboss the personalization. I use my hot stamp machine and make an impression with no color added. Adding initials really gives it a personal touch, making it an awesome gift for someone close to you, as well as a work colleague or friend. It comes in a Tagsmith gift box for easy gift giving.
I hope you think these card holders are as cool as I do. Grab one for yourself, and if you’re interested in gifting them at Christmas, just make sure to get your orders in early. The card holders tend to be a hot item during the holidays.
If you’re looking for a personalized leather wallet for a man, you’re in the right place. I make a variety of leather wallets and billfolds for guys, and they’re all available for personalization. I deboss the initials into the leather the old fashioned way - with metal type heated up to around 300 degrees Fahrenheit and some pressure. This method gives a nice deep, clean impression with the letters. I would never be able to get these results with a laser engraver, which just burns the surface of the leather. In honing my leather working, I’m reminded so often that the timeless methods are the best methods. The picture below is of a Tagsmith personalized leather flat wallet. It has two pockets, one for cash and one for cards. Click here to take a look at all of the wallets I make.
New item alert! I’ve just added a new leather pocket notebook to my line and it’s already become one of my favorite items. It’s the perfect present for pretty much everyone: friends, loved ones, colleagues, and obviously yourself. Minimal, compact, cool, it’s a great Field Notes cover for your everyday carry. I source the highest quality Horween latigo leather from the Horween Tannery in Chicago, which has been a leading tannery since 1905. I designed this cover very simply for maximum functionality, and take special care to edge the sides of the cover, sand and paint two coats of edge coat by hand, which ensures a nice smooth feel. I was also able to source some high quality elastic imported from Japan. The colors match the leather perfectly, so the look is nicely monochromatic.
I offer this Tagsmith Leather Notebook Cover in brown, black, and canyon red leather. It can also be personalized with up to three initials. Here are the color combinations:
Black Latigo with stamped initials (No added color)
Black Latigo with gray foil stamped initials
Brown Latigo with stamped initials (No added color)
Brown Latigo with black foil stamped initials
Red Latigo with stamped initials (No added color)
Red Latigo with black foil stamped initials
I include a Field Notes Brand Original Kraft 3.5” x 5.5” memo book with each cover, as well as a gift box, making it easy to give to everyone on your list.
This cover fits Field Notes, but also these other 3.5” x 5.5” pocket notebooks : Doane Paper, Word Notebooks, and Moleskine Cahier.
Knock some people off your holiday gift-giving list today!
I’ve just added a page to tagsmithoriginals.com explaining a little bit about the leather I use to make all of my products. The three types of leather I enjoy working with most these days are veg-tan, bridle and latigo – each beautiful and unique in their own way. Since I first started making leather goods, I put a lot of time and energy into sourcing the absolute highest quality materials. I knew that if I was going to put my brand on it, it better be something I was proud of, that would last for years, and that I would want to carry myself. There are two American tanneries that I have always been a fan of: Wickett & Craig of America and Horween. These companies have a history and a reputation that is undeniable. Once I felt their leather, I was inspired to design and create the quality leather goods that I’ve built the Tagsmith reputation on.
One of my favorite days as a leatherworker is the day I receive a shipment of new hides. The smell when I first take them out of the box, unrolling the sides, feeling the rich texture… they’re so full of potential, and I just can’t wait to start making. I shot a fun video of several sides of black, red and brown Horween latigo leather sitting on my workbench. I couldn’t convey that smell, but I hope that I got across some of the excitement I enjoy with every new shipment. You can really get a sense for the raw materials of leatherworking, and how truly gorgeous this leather is, straight from the legendary Horween tannery. Check it out, and as always, thanks for visiting tagsmithoriginals.com.
Still looking for a personalized Father’s Day gift idea? Well, you’re in the right place because I make some really great ones. Dads are awesome, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a dad. I thought that way before I became a father. So do him a solid and buy him something of quality, something that will last, and something he will use and love. Because he puts up with you, and he deserves a cool gift that shows he taught you well.
My shop is full of dad-friendly presents, like the Tagsmith Folding Leather Business Card Holder (as seen in the pic below). As with all of my items, I use the highest quality full grain American tanned leather. Two interior pockets keep his cards handy. This card case can also be used as a small wallet. Each pocket can hold two credit cards, making it a nice streamlined choice for the man who only carries his essentials.
For the maximalist dad who needs space to securely hold his cards and cash, my Classic Five Pocket Wallet is a strong choice. One large pocket holds bills, while 4 interior pockets keep his cards at the ready. The edges are burnished for a monochromatic, finished look. Constructed for durability, this wallet is a workhorse, sure to be by his side for years to come.
Sometimes, a personalized key fob is the perfect thoughtful gift. This perpetual customer favorite is crafted from full grain leather and substantial nickel-plated hardware. Available with 1, 2, or 3 initials, it’s a subtle, classic way for Dad to keep tabs on his keys.
If these items aren’t exactly what you think Dad will dig, check out my shop for other contenders. Everything I make can be personalized, so it’s easy to give a gift that feels right.
PS Whatever you do don’t buy him a plastic fish to hang on the wall that sings a Kenny Loggins song when you push the button. He doesn’t want that. Sure. he’ll act like it’s the best thing he’s ever seen because he loves you. But, no.