May 15, 2017

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May 2017 - Made in the 805 Article (PDF version)

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May 03, 2017


COOL HUNTING Loves our Luggage Tags


Its nice to wake up and see a favorite site like COOL HUNTING featuring a product we make. Check out the full article here:

January 05, 2017

How One Leather Craftsman Is Changing Commerce


Everybody has to Start Somewhere

“Of course I’m a jack of all trades. I’m a business owner.” – Steven Soria, Founder of Make Smith

In our bubble of business, ecommerce seems to be the dominant force, but realistically the total percentage of ecommerce sales compared to brick and mortar sales is around 6%, according to Harvard Business Review. Although the scale of sales is unbalanced and the challenges faced are unique, an online business and a brick and mortar business have one blaring commonality — they’re the brainchildren of entrepreneurs.

Make Smith is run from an unremarkable 15’ x 20’ building tucked behind a dive bar in downtown Santa Barbara. Steven Soria, CEO and head craftsman of Make Smith, spends most of his time in this converted workshop crafting artisan leather goods — skills taught to him by his father and his grandfather. Before he recently brought on two apprentices, Steven made every single piece himself by hand.


Make Smith

August 10, 2016


Studio Visit from Juniper Ridge

Juniper Ridge at Make Smith


When planning our road trip up Highway 1 for the Wildflower Tour we knew we had to make a stop in Santa Barbara to visit our friend Steven Soria of Make Smith Leather Company. He came to Desert & Denim this past February and showcased some serious craftsmanship (axe making workshop anyone?). Steven’s studio and shop are just as impressive and beautiful as the hand made products that come out of it. From the open sliding wooden door to the groovy tunes playing in the California air- It’s a day dream realized! Read about how Make Smith came about & then check out these amazing leather fortune cookies!


March 17, 2016

October 10, 2014



We were recently featured on the website for our Leather Pot Holders, and a full kitchen tour of Steven Soria, the craftsman and design behind Make Smith Leather Co. Take look at this photo set. For more details follow the link to the full article on the blog. Cheers!





September 08, 2014



To celebrate the collaboration and put the wares to use that we design for Jenni Kayne, we hosted a cocktail workshop at her Montecito Home store. For the occasion, local mixologist and barista Nick Purvis created two delicious, innovative cocktails, including the gin-based A Floral Affair, with white tea and lavender, topped off with Lillet/Champagne, and The Twisted Spoke, a tequila-based concoction with a nectarine/grapefruit mash, topped with ginger beer. Making the pairing and workshop that much better, Nick and Steven are friends, and part of Santa Barbara's burgeoning community of artisans and small batch makers.


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May 16, 2014

Studio Visit with Liz Kuball

It was my pleasure to have my studio, and my home visited by Liz Kuball, a very talented photographer based in Los Angeles.

Copyright © 2014 Liz Kuball

Copyright © 2014 Liz Kuball

Copyright © 2014 Liz Kuball

Copyright © 2014 Liz Kuball

Copyright © 2014 Liz Kuball



Refinery29 - Handmade Charm To Your Digs

Today, a creative project between Make Smith Leather Co. and Oliver & Michele was featured in the "Guest Star" feed on Refinery29. Thanks so much for the LOVE... (read more



Leather Legacy - Santa Barbara News Press

Brett from the Santa Barbara News Press paid a visit to our studio for a run-down of what we had going on the week of Valentine's Day. Thanks for coming by Brett, and we appreciate you writing such a detailed 1200 word article. Local love!

January 14, 2014

Design*Sponge › PRESS ›

Design*Sponge - Leather Drawer Pulls DIY

Today Design*Sponge featured our recent collaboration with Stacy and Rick of Love, Oliver and Michelle on some simple but beautiful DIY Leather Drawer Pulls.

Lonny Magazine :: Made in America

Make Smith was featured on the Lonny magazine blog today! (read more here).

Santa Barbara Magazine :: Best of Style

Santa Barbara Magazine included Make Smith's Steven Soria in their Best of Style section this month. (read more)

Style Me Pretty :: Leather Candle Holders

Our candle stick holders are getting a lot of love, this time on Style Me Pretty.

Check out the post here

Flutter Magazine :: Groomsmen Gifts

Our awesome limited edition groomsmen gifts made the news again!  This time in the spring issue of Flutter Magazine.

Check out the full issue here.

Design*Sponge :: Leather Candle Holders

Our candle stick holders were part of the table setting for a beautiful dinner party featured on Design*Sponge today.

Check out the full post here.

Gather West Photography :: Studio Visit

Laurie + Stacey of Gather West Photography stopped by recently for a visit. 

Check out more of their photos of the Make Smith studio here.

Santa Barbara Independent :: Groomsmen Gifts

Thanks to Matt Kettmann of the Santa Barbara Independent for featuring our limited edition groomsmen gifts in his "how-to" article. Check out the full article here.

Daily Candy :: Meet Make Smith Leather Co.

Make Smith Leather Co. was featured on Daily Candy today.

Check out the post here.

Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine :: iPad Case

Our iPad case was featured in Santa Barbara SEASONS Magazine.