(Literal) Case Study: Carrying Your Glasses

It makes no sense to buy a nice pair of sunglasses only to let them get scratched up. If you’re shelling out for your shades, you might as well get a handcrafted leather carrying case to keep them safe. Below are my top two you need to consider before making the jump. While they approach the case from two very different perspectives, they are both premium examples of true American craftsmanship.

1) Tanner Goods Sunglass Case

Tanner Goods – Sunglass Case Back Profile in Russet

Hailing from the Tanner Goods studio in Portland, Oregon studio, this case is cut, sewn, and finished completely by hand. Crafted from 4/5 oz. Horween Chromexcel leather, this case has enough cushion to keep your glasses safe while remaining malleable enough to conform to a variety of different frames. It is pictured in the gallery below in Natural, Russet, & Black but is also available in Olive, Havana, Tan, & Oxblood. Any of the seven different colorways are sure to develop striking contrasts in hue thanks to the tried and true 100+ year old tanning formula developed at Horween Tannery in Chicago.

2) Barrett Alley “Dom” Sunglass Case

Barrett Alley – Dom Case in Russet

The goods at Barrett Alley are all completely benchmade with an extreme attention to detail. This case uses one piece of domestically tanned leather, whether it’s shell cordovan from Illinois or straight bovine from Pennsylvania. Each case is lined with one of three antique textiles from America, France, and Japan – or is left well enough alone exposing the soft underside of the leather. As always it will develop character with use and abuse, just mind your glasses.

As always, scroll through the gallery for detailed images and different colorways:

Cornelian Taurus Laptop Folder

Black Colorway – Carrying

I’ll admit, the vast majority of pieces from Cornelian Taurus lie on the outskirts of my aesthetic. That said, this laptop folder hits home. With roots in traditional Japanese craft, the design updates age-old methods of carrying to safeguard your computer. The horse hide used for this piece is not only waterproof, but is certain to develop a beautiful patina with use (especially on the natural contrast strap). It is lightly padded for added protection with a cotton lining to boot. And as always, it is entirely made by hand.

Phigvel Makers & Co’s Equine Leather Key Holder

Key Holder Contents - Black Colorway

This piece from Phigvel Makers & Co. is a great study concerning the potential of scrap materials. Picking up the remnants left from their boot production, the team churned out a limited run of horsehide key holders for Hickoree Hard Goods. To keep everything straight, they embossed “Home” and “Ignition” on one side of the piece, with “Door” and “Office” on the reverse. For the final touches, the case is fastened together by custom set screws and embellished with a gold painted Phigvel brand. They’re pretty deluxe -especially considering that the materials were saved from the bin. Take a gander at the details of both colorways in the gallery.

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