Why Bryer Leather


Bryer Leather was created with a single goal in mind: Create the best leather products available, using high quality materials exclusively and making each one to order, by hand, in California.


The leather I use to create all my products comes directly from Horween Leather in Chicago, they are the oldest tannery in the United States, and continue to be family owned after seven generations. I could keep writing about them for the rest of this entry, but if you are really interested, read all about Horween here to find out why they are truly one of a kind when it comes to consistency, quality, and longevity of the material.


I use the highest quality thread I have been able to find, this ensures that the stitching in the bags will last and not become fuzzy, stringy, and weak with extended use and time. Additionally, every single thread strand used in one of my products is waxed by hand, I find this makes the thread stronger, and gives an overall cleaner appearance.


All the hardware I use comes from the best sources, with all the pieces being of the highest quality. The D-Rings used across our product line come from an amazing Italian factory that has been doing this for decades and has truly perfected the art. Our zippers are strong and durable; I would never use a plastic zipper that couldn’t withstand the test of time.

Lined Products. 

All Bryer Leather products are lined using high quality fabrics, this extra step may take a long time as opposed to creating a bag that has no liner, but the increase in quality is exponential and the beautiful design make lining each piece worth my time. A great liner gives the bag character, and creates a personalized look and feel that most of my competitor’s can’t offer. Additionally, it increases the durability of the piece as a whole because it helps the structure of the leather by providing reinforcement and avoiding overstretching.



The idea of Bryer Leather ignited when I realized the market didn’t have an option for me when I was looking for a custom bag. I decided to try to make my own, it took me about a month, (endless frustrations and a lot of failed attempts) when I was finished: I was hooked. Slowly and very organically, this has turned into a bit more than a hobby. Our bags are made to order, one at a time and by hand, everything from the leather color, to the thread color is your own choice, who else does that? Any customization beyond the standard options (i.e. fabrics/leathers that are not offered on my website, additional pockets, size variations, etc) are subject to additional charges.