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

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. Black Suede Braided Ernesto Belt
    £75
  2. Grey Javier Leather Belt
    £80
  3. Blue Rémy Leather Belt
    £80
  4. Black Hand-Braided Cesare Leather Belt
    £100
  5. Grey Suede Umberto Sneakers
    £155
  6. Brown Elastic Wool Rodolfo Belt
    £75
  7. Light Brown Suede Gilberto Belt
    £80
  8. Navy Handmade Leather Belt
    £80
  9. Brown Elasticated Wool Stefano Belt
    £70
  10. Olive Santiago Leather Belt
    £80
  11. Grey Braided Wool Federico Belt
    £80
  12. Grey Elasticated Wool Giovanni Belt
    £70
  13. Brown Woven Suede Edoardo Belt
    £75
  14. Black Pebble Leather Laurent Sneakers
    £155
  15. Brown Handmade Leather Oliver Belt
    £80

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. Red / Khaki Melange Stripes Socks
    £18
  2. Green Cardholder
    £63
  3. Brittany Blue Casual Colour Socks
    £12
  4. Navy Small Travel Case
    £80
  5. Nine Iron / Solidate Blue Colour Blocks Socks
    £15
  6. Beige Casual Colour Socks
    £12
  7. Burgundy Slim Wallet
    £87
  8. Cognac / Orange Leather Billfold Wallet
    £114
  9. Blue Slim Wallet
    £87
  10. Black Leather Cardholder
    £63
  11. Red Ribbed Merino Beanie
    £50
  12. Blue Leather Cardholder
    £63
  13. Light Brown Slim Wallet
    £80
  14. Khaki Cardholder
    £63
  15. Grey / Orange Melange Band Socks
    £18

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. Black / Orange Palissy Briefcase
    £425
  2. Black 13" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £99
  3. Black / Grey Palissy 25 HR Briefcase
    £475
  4. Cognac 12" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £99
  5. Brass / Chocolate Blade Belt
    £115
  6. Chocolate 15" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £129
  7. Chocolate Mouse Pad
    £59
  8. Chocolate 11" Walton iPad Air Leather Sleeve
    £89
  9. Chocolate Desk Mat
    £155
  10. Cognac / Dark Grey Carry-on Suitcase
    £315
  11. Cognac Desk Mat
    £155
  12. Brass / Cognac Blade Belt
    £115
  13. Chocolate 13" Walton MacBook Pro Sleeve
    £99
  14. Cognac / Red Palissy Briefcase
    £425
  15. Palladium / Cognac Metal Belt
    £115

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