On balance, we think that leather is our favourite material. The ancient material is still so widely used today because of its durability, practicality and it looks great. High-quality leather bags, leather belts and gloves have so much going for them, but our favourite aspect is that every leather product ages differently. Your premium leather sneakers may not be as pristine as day one, but they tell the stories of their life through the creases and blemishes. In the same way, as the leather softens on your new minimalist leather briefcase, it'll grow more unique by the day. We could sing the praises of leather all day, but we think it's better if we let the masters show you. Here are the 4 brands you should know about when it comes to handmade leather bags and more.

Awling

There are a few items in the contemporary wardrobe that are archetypal leather goods. One such item is the belt. A men’s leather belt is an absolute essential, and within premium leather belts, Awling is one of the first labels on our mind. Founder Chris Goldstraw is a professional architectural photographer and has used this meticulous eye for detail to distinguish Awling belts as some of the best men’s leather belts on the market.

Awling Original Belt 

Handmade in England from Italian vegetable-tanned, full-grain leather, Awling’s signature Original Belt is pretty special in its pared-back tan/polished pewter scheme. All focus is shifted to the premium materials used for this minimal leather belt because of the lack of detailing. Apart from a debossed logo to the inside, this leather accessory is all about the leather.


  1. Form Grey / Citron Modernist Belt
    £105
  2. Chocolate Brown / Brown Modernist Exposed Belt
    £120
  3. Russett Brown / Brown Modernist Belt
    £105
  4. Walnut Brown / Brass Original Belt
    From £105
  5. Oxblood / Terrcaotta Modernist Belt
    £105
  6. Tan / Polished Pewter Original Belt
    £105
  7. Saddle Brown / Brass Modernist Exposed Belt
    £120
  8. Navy / Slate Blue Modernist Belt
    £105
  9. Pitch Black / Pewter Original Belt
    From £105
  10. Walnut Brown / Brass Braided Belt
    From £130
  11. Pitch Black / Pewter Modernist Exposed Belt
    £120
  12. Pitch Black Pewter Braided Belt
    From £130
  13. Form Grey / Grey Modernist Belt
    £105

Dalgado

Dalgado is another name that looms large in the world of high-quality leather belts. Similar to Awling, Dalgado uses minimal design principles to shift all focus the the premium materials and artisanal craftsmanship of each leather accessory. For Dalgado though, leather runs deeper than belts, as this label offer another essential leather companion: men’s leather gloves.

Dalgado Emanuele Deer Leather Gloves

Leather gloves have been a status symbol for centuries but in recent times have fallen out of favour in exchange for gloves made using technical materials. Recent years have seen a resurgence for luxury leather gloves thanks to their sartorial elegance. Dalgado reminds us why we should all own some with the Emanuele Deer Leather Gloves crafted by master glove artisans in a fourth-generation family business in Naples, Italy using full-grain deer leather. 


  1. Light Brown Suede Gilberto Belt
    £80
  2. Grey Javier Leather Belt
    £80
  3. Grey Elasticated Wool Giovanni Belt
    £70
  4. Emanuele Navy Deer Leather Gloves
    £125
  5. Grey Suede Umberto Sneakers
    £155
  6. White Pebble Leather Pierre Sneakers
    £155
  7. Blue Gaspard Leather Belt
    £80
  8. Grey Woven Suede Francesco Belt
    £75
  9. Brown Woven Suede Edoardo Belt
    £75
  10. Blue Hand-Braided Gianfranco Belt
    £100
  11. Blue Elastic Wool Fabiano Belt
    £75
  12. Green Suede Giuseppe Sneakers
    £155
  13. Grey Braided Wool Federico Belt
    £80
  14. Black Elastic Wool Giorgio Belt
    £75
  15. Brown Elasticated Wool Stefano Belt
    £70

Escuyer 

Getting its name from the old French word ‘escuier’, meaning ‘squire’, the man who would carry a knight’s armour and shields, Escuyer really is the companion you need in the modern day. From premium men’s socks to small leather goods, Escuyer is a label created to be there for you with fundamental essentials when you most need them.

Escuyer Black Cardholder

Crafted from some of the world’s best vegetable-tanned leather from a tannery in Tuscany, Italy, Escuyer’s Cardholder ages over time to tell your story. The premium leather weathers to display the scars and scrapes that you’d expect of a knight’s armour and, in 2020, it’s essential items like a men’s leather cardholder that constitute our everyday armour.


  1. Dark Blue Large Travel Case
    £122
  2. Red / Khaki Melange Stripes Socks
    £18
  3. Burgundy Cardholder
    £63
  4. Grained Red Cardholder
    £63
  5. Cognac / Orange Leather Billfold Wallet
    £114
  6. Yellow Leather Cardholder
    £63
  7. Dark Brown / Natural Leather Billfold Wallet
    £114
  8. Red Leather Cardholder
    £63
  9. Grey / Orange Melange Band Socks
    £18
  10. Nine Iron / Solidate Blue Colour Blocks Socks
    £15
  11. Khaki Ribbed Merino Beanie
    £50
  12. Red Ribbed Merino Beanie
    £50
  13. Burgundy Large Travel Case
    £122

Carl Friedrik

Founded by brothers Niklas and Mattis Opperman, Carl Friedrik is the product of a frustration in not being able to find well-designed, high-quality leather goods. Carl Friedrik exclusively deals with naturally tanned leathers and the finest craftspeople to produce premium leather briefcases, men’s travel bags and minimal leather wallets.

Carl Friedrik Bolton Grained Leather Briefcase

We couldn’t complete a roundup of our favourite leather pieces without a premium men’s briefcase. Carl Friedrik’s Bolton Briefcase is made in Naples by a small, family-owned leather goods factory and sits at the intersection of tradition and modernity. This men’s leather briefcase takes the best parts of tradition – minimal design and premium materials – as well as modern utilities like a laptop sleeve and multiple smaller pockets. Upgrade your everyday carry with the help of Carl Friedrik.


  1. Chocolate 16" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £129
  2. Chocolate 10.5" Walton iPad Air Leather Sleeve
    £89
  3. Cognac 13" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £99
  4. Black 13" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £99
  5. Navy / Grey Palissy Double Briefcase
    £525
  6. Blakc / Orange Palissy Weekend Bag
    £545
  7. Cognac / Grey Palissy Briefcase
    £425
  8. Navy / Grey Palissy Briefcase
    £425
  9. Chocolate 13" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £99
  10. Cognac 16" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £129
  11. Brass / Black Blade Belt
    £115
  12. Black / Orange Palissy Briefcase
    £445
  13. Chocolate 15" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £129
  14. Black 10.5" Walton iPad Air Leather Sleeve
    £89
  15. Chocolate / Orange Palissy Briefcase
    £445

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