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Watching a Leather Watch Strap Get Made Is Actually Very Impressive

A watch strap is just a strip of leather, right? Nope! Not when it’s handcrafted like this.There are so many steps involved in the process of making a leather watch strap that it borders on ridiculous. Read More >>

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This New Fake Leather is Made From Tea

It’s tough. It’s thick. It’s brown. It’s a lot like leather — but in fact this new material is made in the lab using leftovers from a brew of kombucha tea. Read More >>

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This Handsome Bracelet Unrolls Into a Ruler 

We've managed to strap computers and and even multitools to our wrists. But what happens if you suddenly need to measure the length of something and you're far away from your toolbox? You're screwed! Or you were screwed. No longer, thanks to this clever bracelet that doubles as a bendy ruler. Read More >>

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Seeing a Leather Belt Get Hand Made is so Satisfying

A belt is so simple, it's just fabric that ties together to hold up your pants. But in this video, you see how considered the process of making a leather belt is. Each feature of the belt, whether it be the holes or the rivets or the buckle or the colour, is carefully handled and made. I love watching this much attention to work. Read More >>

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The Process of Turning Raw Cow Hide Into Leather is Really Gross

Leather is beautiful and luxurious and natural and one of the great materials of the world. However, it's also absolutely disgusting to make. Here's the process of tanning raw hide into high quality leather. You'll see grey goops, a lot of residue, dumps of bizarre liquids and more. Worth it? I guess. Read More >>

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How Leather is Slowly Killing the People and Places That Make It

Though we may consider ourselves intellectually and technologically superior to our cave-dwelling ancestors, we still adorn our bodies, vehicles, and homes with the skin of conquered animals. But unlike the wholly organic methods used by our forebears, the modern leather industry is simultaneously killing the local environment and the people that work there with a toxic slurry of chemicals. Read More >>

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Watch a Master of Leather Give a Lesson in Counterfeiting

If you're looking to get into the knockoff leather game, there could be pools of cold, hard cash in your future just waiting for you to go diving on in. All it takes is a little half-assery, a more-than-questionable moral compass, and the knowledge of where to actually cut those corners—which can be harder than it seems. Fortunately for you, Saddleback Leather CEO David Munson is here to show you how to fake his bags the right way—tongue, of course, planted firmly in cheek. Read More >>

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The Only Case I Would Consider Using With an iPhone

No, you don't need a damn case for your iPhone 5—but if you have butterfingers and you must use a case, this seems to me like the only acceptable one. The SurfacePad is not only simple and elegant—complementing the iPhone's design rather than turning it into an ugly hulk or a clear-plastic-wrapped granny sofa—but also has function. And it protects your screen too, unlike 99 per cent of the offensively horrible covers out there. Read More >>