Hand and Hide crafts fine leather goods, specializing in smartphone wallet-case, covers for tablets and travel goods. Stay current with the latest news, inspiration and behind-the-scenes happenings at Hand and Hide. We are passionate about leathercraft and hope to share that passion with you.
We made a video about our double phone case! Watch and let us know what you think!
Looking for a way to carry two phones? Our double phone case allows you to keep both phones together, or separate them as needed.
We hand make each two phone case to order from full-grain Italian leather, with openings for all ports and sensors.
Hundreds of customers agree that our double phone case is the best way to carry two phones:
“I’ve been using this dual case for 3 months and love it. It is well-constructed and the cases are easy to separate when I only want to carry one phone. The leather is developing a nice patina and the dual case makes the phones function like two monitors.”
“Looks and feels great! Perfect fit for my phones. This was just what I needed for toting two phones to work, and I like removing the single case on the right for weekends.”
“Just received this yesterday. Beautifully tailored to both of my phones as specified. I love it. My colleagues and I are going to purchase one for our Business Director.”
Our case for 2 phones is available for most phones models.
Hand and Hide makes a handcrafted case that covers the corners of the case for secure protection that won't wear out.
This case is not a universal tablet case with elastic holders (which you can find at a lower price if that is more your style), it is a case made specifically for the reMarkable tablet. Unfamiliar with leather cases? They have some real advantages over plastic. While plastic chips and cracks, leather is soft and absorbs impact without breaking. Many leather cases are cheap and the covers peel or chip after a little while, but the leather used in this case gets better with age. Hand and Hide uses only full grain leather, which means there is no top coating to peel off.
Keep your paper tablet protected in your bag or at work, and keep your stylus where it belongs without losing it. This case has a front cover to protect the screen, but unlike pouches or sleeves, you can use the tablet without removing it from the case. The pencil sleeve is located in the spine so it won’t bother the screen.
Our case is made in Portland, Oregon and hand stitched as well. If you’re looking for a reMarkable paper tablet case that is durable and long lasting, we think you’ll be satisfied.
You're probably here to get some unique leather gifting ideas and if that is the case then skip down to the end of the blog for our list of useful leather gifts. But if you would like to hear about the difference between good and bad anniversary gifts then keep going. I promise I will get to the leather gift ideas later.
Here is my real problem with traditional anniversary gifts, they have created a market for a bunch of mostly useless items that can be added to the pile of “useless things with our names and wedding date on them that we started collecting since we got married/partnered” etc. And that really sucks because a lot of the traditional materials for each year can be used to make some legit stuff.
Take year one, for instance, where the traditional gift is paper. I’d wager good money that most of the gifts you looked at were journals - most likely with your name on it? Framed quotes about romantic love or that kit for making an artistic masterpiece while rolling around naked and covered in paint. (I am so curious about how that went by the way, was it fun or awkward as hell?)
I lean more to the side of useful gifts or experience type gifts. I want something that I am going to use on the regular or can look back on and remember a fun time. So if the theme is paper, then buy me a book that I have been wanting to read forever, or buy me a gift card to my favorite bookstore and give it to me with a handwritten note. Buy a Groupon for one of those watercolor and wine nights or take a tour of a paper factory. Even better, make each other a gourmet dinner and watch a doc on the lumber industry while you learn about how you can reduce your use of paper products and recycle more.
When it comes to your third anniversary, leather is the traditional gift because it represents the flexible durability that your relationship is maturing into. Your love is still fragile, but you have to try a lot harder to mess things up at this point. It also represents shelter, a symbol of our ancestral living arrangements and touch, because us humans love the way leather feels.
There are lots of useful leather anniversary gifts you can get your life partner(s) on this special, special occasion. We really love this belt from Grovemade. It’s simple and gender neutral but still exudes class. Also - who doesn’t need a solid belt?
We also love our Hand and Hide wallets because we make them stand out from the crowd with these badass rivets. On top of that, they are also minimalist friendly and force you to downsize your everyday carry.
But our most practical leather gift is our leather phone case that doubles as a wallet. Now you can really downsize and carry one less thing altogether. We make them from premium, imported leather so they last for years and years. This is not a cheap little knick-knack that you will eventually resent for the space it takes up but a useful, everyday item that will go with you everywhere. And yes, if you must, we can put your damn wedding date or initials on it but you can’t make me feel happy about it.
We also have tablet covers and organizational doodads for keeping your cords in order. We don’t make anything we wouldn’t use ourselves and we definitely stay away from the “it goes on your shelf” product market.
Looking to make a memory? Take a class on leatherworking together and learn how to make a simple leather good. Tandy is a nationwide leather store that also offers classes in many major cities around the U.S. and they teach you how to make anything from keychains to hair-on Cowhide bags. You could also visit a local leathermaking shop and explore that together. Not only do they smell really good, but you can also feel different hides and learn more about the different techniques used in leatherworking.
Have other ideas about how to make your traditional anniversary gift a little different? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Hope you find something that doesn’t suck for your lovely partner(s) and happy third year anniversary to both or all of you!
The gifts have been given, the eggnog is gone (thank god) and everyone can finally agree that Christmas music has officially outsleighed it’s welcome. Say hello to the dead week before New Year’s everyone! Hopefully, you have a day or two off to recover from the holiday madness and even enjoy your new gifts a little. And for those of you who were lucky enough to receive a new smartphone, tablet or e-reader, we have the perfect distraction to keep you sane as you listen to your kids crash their new drone over and over again. Shop for a new phone or tablet case from our leather collection.
The most popular smartphones of 2018 were probably the new iPhone Xs and Xrs, the Pixel 3 and the Samsung Galaxy and Note 9s. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Huawei Mate 20 Pro snuck into a lot of people’s stockings as well. If that is you, then take a look at our Classic leather phone wallet which is the best phone case solution for your new phone. We use only full-grain leather, imported from Italy. Each case is stitched by hand ensuring years and years of durable use. On top of that, leather lends a classy and timeless feel to your everyday carry. Each case can be customized with a free inscription and/or a personal engraving. Or maybe you got a second phone for Christmas and you are wondering how you are going to efficiently balance your work and personal phone life, we have a double phone case solution for that too which you can view here.
For proud owners of a brand new iPad or Kindle or even the new reMarkable tablet, we also create timeless tablet covers and mini e-reader sleeves with pockets. These full-size tablet cases are made from the same high-quality leather and hand-stitching we make our phone cases with. Each case also includes a full-length pocket for handwritten notes etc. Larger tablet cases also include a second pocket for your convenience. Your tablet will be secured in the case with our hand-molded, leather holders. A stylus sleeve is a popular add-on for our tablet customers who like to store their Apple Pencil or other styli with their tablet. Tablet cases can also be customized with engravings and free inscriptions. Shop tablet cases here.
All of our goods are made to order and take up to two weeks to ship so order as soon as possible to ensure your new devices are protected. We know that is a long time these days but trust us, our goods are worth the wait. Take a look at our leather goods and let us know how we can customize the perfect piece for your new gear.
This time of year is stressful - there’s no getting around it. However, with a little mindfulness and preparation, you can manage the holiday stress better and feel more whole at the beginning of the new year. Here are 6 things you can do destress for the holidays.
Set reasonable expectations for yourself. Take a few minutes to sit down and make a list of what you want your holidays to look like, feel like and who and what you want to include. Now look back through the list you just made and evaluate if you really have the time and energy to make it to all those events or create the vision in your head. Watch for magical thinking or unrealistic time and energy expectations for yourself and others.
Get started early. If you have a lot of presents to wrap, family to call, cards to send, etc then get started now. Wrap one present a day or write two cards each evening. That way you won’t find yourself on the eve of a holiday with everything to do. That last day is for all the other last minute things you forgot so get everything that you can done ahead of time.
Take breaks from social media, advertisements and shopping. Starting in early November, we are constantly inundated with images and messages about what the “perfect” holiday party or gathering should look like. The advertisements for gifts, decorations and even cars are relentless and can make us feel as if we don’t have enough things to truly celebrate with our friends and family. This is of course, not true. Celebrating with friends and family is really more about being present with them and making memories. So make some space for quiet time alone throughout the month.
Along with the previous idea, make time for self-care. This can be as simple as taking an extra long hot shower, going for a run, lighting a candle you love and watching your favorite holiday film. Whatever it is, make sure it is something that gives you a real break from all the to-dos. Also, if you are the one hosting the party or family over the holidays, try to squeeze in at least an hour of self-care before everyone arrives. You feel much more rested and ready to receive everyone.
Be firm on healthy boundaries with people. You never have to be around someone. No one can tell you who you have to see or hug or talk to at holiday gatherings. If you know of an unsafe person who has also be invited you can try asking your family or friends to have you over before or after that person is there. If you do choose to be around those people then know that you can walk away from conversations if they are too unpleasant to handle. Taking breathing breaks and call an understanding friend for support if you feel yourself spiraling. Your mental and emotional health is far more important than any holiday or social tradition.
Lastly, take a day off from work or school after the holidays. You will feel more refreshed returning to your job if you have had a whole day to reflect, process and even just be lazy the day after a busy holiday. Understandably, not everyone has the luxury of an extra day off but take it if you can or get creative with the time off you do have to make some time to decompress.
On a side note, we have officially stopped taking orders for delivery by Christmas. If you were not able to order by our deadline of December 6th, don’t stress it. You can always give a gift after the holidays, because honestly, who says it has to be that day? However or whatever you choose to celebrate this year, have a wonderful break and lots of self-love.
Great news! We updated our packaging and it is perfect for the gifting season happening now. We were never really satisfied with our packaging before which was entirely focused on sturdiness throughout the mailing process. However, our old packaging produced a lot of plastic waste and we were constantly thinking of how we could lessen that in any way. This last year we finally put together a packaging proposal, tested it for a couple months and we can now say we are very happy with our new shipping solution!
Our packaging is now much lower in plastic content and it looks great while maintaining the sturdy factor as well. I’ll take you through our shipping steps so you have an idea of how we get our handmade leather goods out the door and on their way to you.
First, we polish the item and do one last check to ensure the order details are correct. If it is one of our phone wallets or the double phone case then we make sure to give the custom engraving or free inscription an extra polish.
Next, we set the item in the small box and wrap it in our brand stamped linen. We tie the box shut with our favorite color of string, right now it is a pretty blue-green. Lastly, we tuck in a newly designed flyer that includes a return customer discount for your next purchase. This all gets placed in our attractive new craft bubble mailers.
If you are looking to gift one of our leather phone wallets this holiday season then the wrapping has already been done for you. Who doesn’t love to receive a box tied up string? I know it’s Julie Andrews’ favourite. Please note however that we do not offer gift-wrapping paper or bows this year.
Let us know what you think of our new packaging in the comments and be sure to order your gifts two weeks ahead of the date you need them.
We have a new member of staff to introduce to you. His name is Yukon and is has really soft ears. He's a puppy. We are not entirely sure what breeds Yukon is but he is definitely a mix of the sweetest dogs around. Yukon absolutely loves meeting new people and he greets visitors with one loud bark and a ton of tail wagging. Yukon's human mom, Sara, adopted him from the Oregon Humane Society in April of this year and he has been hanging around the office with us ever since.
Yukon usually sits at our feet while we stitch or takes long naps in his bed by the sewing machine. Occasionally he'll walk around the studio to get a pet or two and give us a nice break from whatever we're working on at the moment.
Now we know that not everyone loves dogs as much as we do and we are very sensitive to people's feelings about them. If you would like to come by but not interact with Yukon we completely understand and we keep him leashed for those visitors who prefer a little space.
When Yukon is at home he loves trying to make friends with the resident cat, Albus, and going on long walks around Gresham parks. However, Yukon's favorite place to walk and run is the beach and he gets there as often as he can.
The Google Pixel 3 has landed. This new version continues Google’s aim of trying to take all the extra work out of life by screening your calls (a great move for the Pixel given the massive uptick in spam calls this last year) as well as improved voice commands and photography hacks. It’s an obvious choice for those looking to break away from Apple but not ready to go full android life. Its OS shares some similarities to iOS and is more intuitive than other androids making it a softer switch away from Apple products. The Pixel 3 also has a lot of great features that the new iPhones can’t boast and more options for handling calls. That may seem like a small improvement but it could be a huge change for people like me who really want to be able to ignore a call and keep on using the other features of my device without actually canceling the call.
Let’s be honest, phones haven’t been just phones for a while now and multitasking features need to reflect these societal changes better than they do now. We rely in part on these devices get us from A to Z, accomplish our Christmas shopping and keep us updated on world events. They are our wallets, computers, calendar/planners and social connectors. In all seriousness, they are becoming an offshoot our brains. And whilst our actual brain has a nice bone casing for protection, many people leave their hand-held brain completely vulnerable to every accidental drop. For those who wish to give their second brain the best start in life, take a look at Hand and Hide leather phone wallets. We have a few different styles of Pixel 3 phone cases since we know that everyone needs something a little different for their everyday carry.
For those with a First, Second, and even Third Brain (which we like to call the work provided brain) we have the Double Phone Case. This case holds two phones in one convenient case. It also, and this is the best part, separates into two halves as needed so you can leave one of your brains behind. Like, say you want to toss your work brain in a drawer over the weekend or you prefer to keep your personal brain in your bag while at work but still want to keep both brains safe in their case. Phew, that’s a lot of brains. You can shop that Pixel 3 case here.
For those of us who only have two brains to keep track of, we offer a couple different wallet style cases that are totally customizable. You can go here to select your device type, customize your preferences and order your new phone case. We have both the Google Pixel 3 and the 3 XL phone cases live on the site now, even though the Pixel won’t ship for another couple weeks or so. It generally takes us 1-2 weeks to make and ship a case so now is a good time to order and ensure that you have a Pixel case ready for when your phone arrives.
Since the new iPhones just recently launched, we thought we would remind you all that we always have our cases ready to go for the new devices. Our full selection of phone cases are now available for your new iPhone XS, XS Max or XR.
We have four different types of phone cases available for the new iPhones. Each phone case type we offer is available for each of these new devices. Let's break them down one by one so you can get the best fit for your lifestyle.
Our original case and still the fan favorite. Our classic wallet case features a convenient wallet that you can customize with your name and extra card slots. As usual, our hand-molded leather tabs secure your phone into place and the overall coverage protects your screen and phone from damage with quality leather and handmade stitching. Go here to start customizing your leather phone case.
The Flex may look a lot like the classic at first glance, however, it boasts a versatile feature that keeps your phone use easy and unencumbered. While few can deny the benefits of combining your phone case and wallet into one, most agree there are times when the wallet just isn’t needed and even gets in the way. Think about that monthly (or weekly) 2-hour long phone call with your mom or Netflixing in the airport? There are times when you would prefer your case was a little lighter and less bulky. That is why we designed the Flex. This unique case utilizes a handy, 2-snap design to give you the option of carrying your phone case with the matching wallet portion or going without. The 2-piece case easily snaps together and apart for any situation. Select your device here to get started.
Some people are twice as lucky as others and are the proud owners of two phones. Keep the clutter to a minimum and have easy access to either phone with our double phone. It’s all leather and can separate into two halves so you can leave your work phone behind when you are off the clock. Get yours now.
This is our newest phone case design and serves as a great alternative case for those who prefer lighter, slimmer carry. It wraps around the case leaving precise access to each port, camera, and button for your uninhibited use. This case is currently in beta as we try to work out the last kinks of the design. It’s available at a discounted price for a limited time for customers who want to try out the case and give us feedback before the official launch. You can learn more and shop the case here.
Reducing your carbon footprint can seem like an overwhelming task. And you may be asking yourself the question. “What difference can one person make?” We will address that later on, but one thing that helps me when I have an overwhelming task in front of me is to chip away at it bit by bit until it seems more manageable. It especially helps to start with something you are familiar with, no matter how small. At Hand and Hide we are intimately acquainted with the workings of manufacturers and company waste so this seemed like a good place to start. Here are some tips for reducing your carbon footprint by shopping smaller.
Reduce Company Waste Most local makers only produce goods on made-to-order or small batch system, especially the up and coming ones who don’t operate on a large scale. In fact, here at Hand and Hide, we only make our phone wallets and leather travel goods to order. If there isn’t a demand for it then we don’t make it. Many other small makers we know also make-to-order or make their items in small batches.
Supporting businesses that create small amounts of their product makes your treasured possessions more unique and reduces the need for grotesquely extraneous amounts of goods sitting and gathering dust in massive warehouses. Have you ever seen the warehouse behind a Target, Walmart or Macy’s? Take the number of goods you see in the store and then multiply that by about 10 to get the amount of goods in the warehouse. Then multiply that by the number of stores in your town or city. That’s a lot of arguably useless junk from cheap manufacturers taking up massive amounts of space and energy in these stores.
On top of that, it may make you cry when you learn what these types of companies do with their unsold merchandise. Check out the article from the Marketplace.org to learn more about how landfills are filling with unwanted merchandise every year. By shopping small you can do your part to reduce the massive waste our consumerist values are helping to create.
Shop by Bike.
Buying local eliminates the need for your purchase to be loaded onto a long haul semi-truck or an airplane which uses massive amounts of fossil fuel every day. In fact, here in Portland, there are several shopping districts that feature a wide variety of goods from local makers. Ride your bike to the Hawthorne, Division or Mississippi neighborhoods and then spend the day walking around checking out all the local goods your city has to offer. Take a look at the facts provided by theU.S. Energy Information Administration to learn more about which sectors are using the most energy and fossil fuels.
Limit the Use of Plastics
Small makers often don’t have the resources needed to shrink wrap their goods or package their items in horrible plastic cases. They also tend to be more intentional and conscientious about the packaging they use. Many small makers will talk about their values on their website so look ahead of time to see what your local makers are doing to reduce their impact on the planet. Whether that be through donations to environmental groups, recyclable packaging or reduced carbon emissions in the workplace. We are currently working on a new packaging design that will focus more on paper and less on plastics like bubble wrap. We can’t wait to get the new packaging out the door!
Buy Better, Buy Less
Locally made goods are often made with more care and attention to detail as well as with better materials than mass-produced goods. For instance, we offer lifetime warranties and repairs on our handmade leather goods to ensure that your product can either be fixed or replaced. This helps you buy less over time because you aren’t constantly replacing broken or poorly designed goods. If you buy a leather phone wallet that is mass produced in China, for example, you may have saved yourself a chunk of money to begin with but you would spend less over time if you bought something made to last forever in the first place. Consume better, less often.
Help your Local Economy and Reduce the Use of Fossil Fuels by Commuters
Lastly, you are contributing to your local economy and keeping your neighbors and community employed by supporting local makers and shops. That could mean less use of fossils fuels by individuals who might otherwise have a long commute into other communities to find work. And shopping local keeps you engaged and connected to your community and the people shaping it. We know that we are built for connection and a good interaction with people helps make us all happier. That is why we love it when people stop by our studio for a friendly chat and casual tour. Hope to see you around sometime!
So there you have it! Although reducing our impact on the earth is a big topic you already have a few ways you can be more mindful about the way you shop and how that feeds back into the world. And, I think that if we really reflect on it, we know that our lives do make a difference and create an impact in one direction or another. We cannot change the world on our own. We need each other to do that! But we can spark a change, we can be the first to stand up for what we believe in and live it. Take these changes one step at a time and believe in your ability to make a difference. If you need more inspiration take a look at the bold words from leaders like Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, and JFK. All people who believed in the power of the individual and lived that belief out in their own lives.