August 14, 2015

Leather For Three Year Wedding Anniversary

The historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their twenty-fifth anniversary, and a gold wreath on the fiftieth. 

But what about the third wedding anniversary? Which gift are we supposed to give to show our love and to honor the traditions of holy matrimony in modern times? According to Wikipedia, it is customary to give a gift of leather. So here we are to help! We offer a large selection of leather goods for both the bride and the groom, his and hers. So, on all of our pieces we offer hot stamp embossing and gilding to make each piece a little more personal. 

Copyright © 2014 Liz Kuball

June 04, 2015

fathers day ›

Top 5 Fathers's Day Gifts in Leather

It doesn't really matter which piece you choose for dad this Father's Day, he'll be happy with any of our handmade heritage leather goods. He'll appreciate you buying from a small shop like Make Smith. He's gonna be stoked on our ability to add little details like custom embossing his initials into the inside pocket. That's right, no one does custom embossing anymore, except us! During the "Checkout" process, you just type in the initials of the person you are buying for, and we add the service as a complimentary gesture, because you are AWESOME and so is the dad in your life. 

1. Leather Belt - Embossed with Custom Initials ...see more!

2. Leather Bill Fold Wallet - Embossed with Custom Initials  ...see more!

3. Leather Bifold Wallet - Embossed with Custom Initials  ...see more!

4. Leather Key Chain - Embossed with Custom Initials  ...see more!

5. Make Smith Leather Co. T-Shirt   ...see more!




May 09, 2015


We need your help and we are wilIing to compensate you for it. So, it's time for a giveaway and a fundraiser! When you donate any amount to our loan campaign you'll automatically be signed up to win this newly designed leather Daypack. Here are the details:

We are working hard on fund raising a micro-loan with Kiva Zip for $10,000 to build a better workshop. When you donate to our Kiva campaign you will be entered to win this fancy leather Daypack. We will choose the winner at random the day our campaign gets fully funded. Good Luck! Here is the lending link...


April 16, 2015

Funding Make Smith Growth in 2015

Hey friends and clients,

I am working hard on fund raising another micro-loan with Kiva Zip for Make Smith Leather Co. Last years loan worked out so well that it put me in-line for the next level of social borrowing. So, thanks for all of your help! If you are interested in lending again this round, just follow the link to my lending page (you will have all the money you lent last year just sitting in your Kiva Account). Make Smith on Kiva Link:

December 17, 2014


Swing by the Make Smith Shop Thursday December 18th and let us hand pick gifts for the loved ones on your list. We will offering gift wrapping and hot chocolate will be served by Mike from Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolate. He will also be giving a demo of our collaboration Chocolate portfolio.

Hot Chocolate will be served from 6-8pm

Bourbon will be poured for those adults ages 21+

We hope to see you there!

Address: 117 West De La Guerra Street Unit C

December 11, 2014



Even though I know it would be cheaper to produce in other countries, the reason I chose to be a “Made in the USA” maker is threefold: quality control, a close relationship with a manufacturer, and short lead times.

1. Quality control

I firmly know that each bag is going to be made the exact the way I want it. I  put time and effort into creating my collection and I thoroughly inspect each bag before it leaves our workshop. We ensure that everything is correct, even down to the color of the thread in the stitching.

2. A close working relationship with our customers

If I am ever feeling unsure about something or have a question I know I can call up my customer and talk to them, and they can call me. People do not understand what a pleasure it is to have a real person pick up a phone. Our customers are investing in my company, as I am investing into them. When they buy from us, they are buying piece-of-mind and creating a relationship with the people who've made their goods.

3. Short lead times

When an order is placed, it will be created as quickly as possible - usually three days. That’s something not all factories can say in the USA, and that beats any lead time overseas. Some companies working with China and Bangladesh place their order six months in advance and pray it will be completed and delivered on time. ( I could go on and on about shipping nightmares, carbon footprint and other environmental issues revolving around outsourcing overseas... but I wont. I'll save that for another blog post.


Twenty-Four Blackbirds and Make Smith have joined forces to create the ultimate limited edition chocolate tasting gift set! This set includes a first for the chocolate world: A smoked, single origin chocolate aged on natural Veggie Tan leather. The resulting flavor profile opens strongly with oak, smoke, and leather, paving the way for a bright fruitiness midway through before tapering out into a creamy cocoa finish. This chocolate is perhaps the best compliment to Bourbon ever devised!

Also included are 2 of each of our three half-ounce single origin dark chocolate bars, and 1 of each of our large 1.4 ounce single origin bars. Tucked inside you will find cards for each of the chocolates for recording your tasting notes and a brief guide on how to taste chocolate to help you explore the full sensory experience of each single origin chocolate.

When you're done tasting, the handmade leather portfolio case will provide you with a lifetime of use, be it for refilling with chocolate to host your own chocolate tasting parties, or for filling up with picnic supplies for that perfect Spring day. Each case is hand branded with the signature Twenty-Four Blackbirds logo, gold foil embossed with the signature Make Smith logo, and backed by Make Smith's LIFETIME GUARANTEE.

This gift set is extremely limited and cab be purchased here!

November 08, 2014




We are very excited to announce our newest design… The Leather Shopping Tote bag! Its a carryall in softly worn tan or black leather with 2 inside pocket to keep you organized — it's the stuff-it-all-in-and-go bag you'll sling over your shoulder in style. Whether you're going out on the town, or keeping it low-key, this shopping to has an elegant style, and a well made construction that will last forever.

See more on the product page:

November 02, 2014



Cheers with your buds, pick out your favorite color of leather, and have a custom fitted belt made for your next occasion, or favorite outfit. We've been making leather belts for three generations but have never allowed the public to come in, until now. Hand select their favorite combo - you can choose from seven different colors of belting leather, apply a black, white or brown stitch, and then choose from hundreds of different styled vintage and new belt buckles. And as always, we can emboss your initials free of charge!

Needing some ideas on how to entertain your bachelor or bachelorette party? Bring them into The Belt Bar at Make Smith Leather Co. and get everyone set up with a custom fitted belt. We have a leather craftsman on hand to tailor to your needs. And best of all, you can sip a little bit of complimentary bourbon while you relax in The Belt Bar lounge. As we say at Make Smith, "A belt for a belt!"

belt (def.)
1. a strip of leather or other material worn around the waist or across the chest, especially in order to support clothes or carry weapons.
2. the portion of a serving of a beverage that is swallowed at one time



Copyright © 2014 Liz Kuball

September 15, 2014

American Made Audience Choice Awards

Voting for the American Made Audience Choice Awards begins today! And, I am very proud to announce that Make Smith Leather Co. was selected as a FINALIST in the style category. Please click the VOTE tab by following this link...


About American Made

American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life. For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated this spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines and on her television shows. Now, through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live. More about the American Made contest can be seen, here.

June 07, 2014



OK Gentlemen...we heard you!  The Make Smith bill fold wallet has arrived. Strong, slim, and built to last a lifetime, our bill fold wallet is made for the person who wants the function of a traditional wallet with the rustic Make Smith look. Perfect for dads, grads, groomsmen, or any other dudes (or ladies...we love a Make Smith tomboy) in your life. For more details and to order, check out the bill fold wallet page here.

June 06, 2014





IT TAKES A LEGEND. SeaVees was born in 1964. After seven years the brand was shuttered and long forgotten. Nearly 40 years later, a vintage shoe was unearthed in a Tokyo thrift store and the brand was resurrected. Over the course of 2014, we are celebrating our rightful 50th anniversary by teaming up with select legends (and legends-in-the-making) to create limited edition items that embody the spirit of SeaVees and the authentic era of 1960s California. Sold exclusively on, all proceeds will go to the charity of the collaborator's choice. The partnerships, the products and the causes will make for a legendary year.

Make Smith's involvement: We designed Limited Edition SeaVees inspired belts, key chains and iPhone covers are for sale NOW exclusively at All proceeds will benefit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

To Purchase, go to:

June 01, 2014



I'm excited to announce the debut of the Make Smith home wares and bar accessories line produced in collaboration with Jenni Kayne Home. This new line will be available only at Jenni Kayne stores and the Make Smith shop and website. To celebrate, we're hosting a showcase of the new goods at the Jenni Kayne Home store in Montecito, California on Thursday, June 5th from 5 to 8pm. To add to the fun, Nick Purvis will be holding a cocktail workshop at 6pm that should not be missed. Please come by and join us for a toast!

Jenni Kayne Home - see map
525 San Ysidro Road
Montecito, CA  93108



May 26, 2014



We're proud to announce that Make Smith Leather goods will now be sold at Citizen of Humanity in Los Angeles, CA. This 2,000 square-foot space was created to be an open, aesthetic environment with soaring ceilings and striking industrial features – housing the largest assortment of product that Citizens has had in any one store. Their concept shop is a curated mix of Citizens of Humanity apparel with local and artisan companies, including collaborations with RTH, Shelter Half, and Lead Apron.

Citizen of Humanity - Website Link

8747 Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90048


We're honored to show our goods w/ these fine brands:
Citizens of Humanity
Getting Back to Square One
Kassia Meador
Lead Apron
Little Flower Candy Co.
MCM Fragrances
RAEN Optics
Rifle Paper Co.
Smith + Mara
Sugar Paper
Tata Harper
Westbrook Maker Hats
Make Smith Leather Co.
Brooklyn Grooming Co.


Though I'm not sure nothing could compare to the Ferrari you bribed your child with to get them through college, I feel like these three pieces would be a good place to start. In our opinion, leather is always the right answer, but maybe we're a little biased (wink wink). We pieced together this little shopping guide to help you make some quick decisions that wont go out of style.

1. Key Chain / 2. Envelope Wallet / 3. Shopping Tote


-Images from Arna Bee


 Photo: Cara Robbins

Photo: Cara Robbins

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April 18, 2014



When it's time to decided what to get for our the bride and groom for their special day, you can always count on leather goods on being the right answer. Handcrafted leather goods always have a  long lasting impact when embossed with a special message. What could be more special than the date of the wedding? And for the groom, having the date stamped on your wallet couldn't hurt when trying to remember your anniversary's, right?!

(Pictured: Credit Card Sleeve Brown (left) and Burgundy (right).

Quick list: Leather goods with custom hot stamped branding (embossing):

1. Credit Card Sleeve

2. Bi-fold Wallet

3. Leather Key Chain




Brand New! This Valentine's Day we are offering a new service for our handmade leather goods, with no extra fee! We will be embossing "XXX" 3 initials of your choice. This offer will be good until Valentines Day, then it will return to its regular price of $15. See details on each product page from placement guidelines, limitations, and an example of this position, like this wallet down below.



A handmade leather belt made from scratch? Yes you can with our Leather Belt Making Workshop with Steven Soria of Make Smith Leather Company. Steven will teach us how to make an authentic cowhide belt that is accurately sized, burnished and ready to wear out the door when you’re finished. Joined by his father, Steven will also share his third-generation knowledge of leather resources, dyes and vocabulary of the trade.

Sunday, January 26th 2014, 2 - 5 PM

*Please arrive 15 minutes early.

WHERE: Poketo Store, 820 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Registration Price: $125
Class size is limited: 20


You will get to take home, (or even wear!) your own handmade leather and a rotary leather hole puncher, not to mention a wealth of knowledge from two professional leather craftsmen.

Please wear closed toed shoes! We don’t want any bruised toes!

Should you have any questions, or if this workshop is sold out and you would like to be put on a waiting list, please visit our FAQ's page here or email


Announcement to all DIY People of Santa Barbara, designers, craft persons, makers and first-timers:

Take a class with Steven Soria of Make Smith Leather Co. and hand-make Christmas gifts for friends, or yourself. Why Not? M.S. is hosting their first bracelet making workshop at the leather working studio in downtown Santa Barbara. Choose from three dates: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 21st, 22nd and 23rd from 6 - 8pm. Sign up here!

Class break down:

1. Quick survey of leather crafting tools

2. Brief overview of leather types

3. In depth demonstration of a bracelet making

4. Then, you're set free to make as many bracelets as you can in an hour and a half, so there will be lots of creative crafting time.

Price:  $50  (includes all tools and materials) 

How to sign up: Call 805.699.6296 or by a ticket here!

Class location:  117 West De La Guerra St, Santa Barbara CA  93101

Class dates and time:  November 21st, 22nd and 23rd from 6 - 8pm