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The Oaxacan Collection was designed to pair leather with wool, which highlights the beauty and history of the Oaxacan culture. Each piece is unique in pattern and color, making each bag absolutely one-of-a-kind.

 

On Oaxaca

The small village of Teotitlán del Valle near Oaxaca, Mexico is known for their hand-woven rugs. Many families in the village actively work to preserve the traditional plant and insect dyes of days past. Yarn dyed with natural materials such as lichen or the cochineal insect, are safer for the crafts people and you than chemically derived dyes.

 

Colors of Tradition

All colors used in the dying process are found in nature. While more expensive than their synthetic counterparts, the natural dyes are chosen for their authenticity and out of respect for the longstanding cultural tradition.

 

Indigo

One of the two dyes used in the collection that must be brought into Oaxaca, as it is not commonly found in the Oaxaca region in the amount needed to dye the yarn.

 

Marigold

Flowers are picked in the surrounding Oaxacan mountains to create the yellow and orange dyes, seen so vibrantly in our recent batch.

 

Cochineal

Considered the most important coloring, cochineal is a parasitic insect that lives on the pads of the prickly pear cactus. The females produce the primary coloring agent, carminic acid. They are dried and ground into a fine powder, which can yield vibrant reds, deep crimsons and scarlets, rich purples and outrageous oranges.

 

Other Colors Used

 

Leathercraft Paired with Wool

We invite you to check our recent batch of one of a kind bags from our Oaxacan Collection, and pick a symbol and bag that calls to you.


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The Oaxacan Collection is designed with traditional Oaxacan wool rugs. Handcrafted patterns and colors make each bag completely one-of-a-kind.

Every Oaxacan piece holds the history of the Zapotec culture, the story of a family and their customs -- they are a celebration of the people and their artisanal traditions. We make our bags out of this history-filled material to keep the Zapotec and Oaxacan history alive worldwide.

 

On Oaxaca

Oaxaca is a state located in southern Mexico. It is known for its colonial buildings made from green volcanic stone, its rich culinary history and a weaving tradition that produces some of the world's most stunning wool rugs. The weaving tradition is primarily practiced in Teotitlán del Valle, a small village that retains its Zapotec culture and language.

 

Weaving: A Family Affair

Each family weaves certain symbols that resonate with that family. A family who also works with agave might use that symbol more frequently. Because of their technique and color combinations, the family's textiles look different from other families that could also use the same symbols. The combination of colors makes each family's weavings unique to them, each and every time.

 

Symbols of a Culture

The symbols woven into Oaxacan rugs aren't just for decoration. Each symbol represents some part of the Zapotec culture. Most indigenous cultures have a deep connection to nature, so the symbols repeat from community to community, and share many similarities with ancient Incan and Mayan symbols.

 

Zapotec Diamond

The four points of this symbol represent the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. The symmetry of the diamond signifies a pyramid reflected vertically, implying the reality we see in a mirror reflects what lies within us.

 

Lightning

Cocijo was the ancient Zapotec god of lightning and rain, represented here with a zig zag pattern.

 

Agave

Here we have a representation of the agave plant, an integral part of life in the Central Valley of Oaxaca.

The plant produces a sweet nectar that can be enjoyed as-is, or fermented into the smokey alcohol called mezcal. The shape of the plant is simplified here in woven form, with the central point representing the agave flower.

 

Mitla

Some of the patterns are preservations of ancient religious mythologies, like this Mitla pattern, named after the Zapotec religious center.

The geometric spirals represent the life cycle; each step is a stage of life: birth, youth, adulthood and finally death.

 

Arrow

Arrows have been historically important to almost all civilizations, and the Zapotec are no different, relying on the arrow for both hunting and warfare.

 

God's Eye

Known as the ‘Ojo de Dios’ or God’s Eye, this symbol varies from weaver to weaver in its execution, but never straying from the symbolic power of seeing and understanding the unseen.

 

Butterfly

Commonly found on ruins in Central Mexico, there is some evidence that the ancient Zapotec worshipped a butterfly god.

The design represents the wings, body and antennae of a butterfly.

 

Monte Alban

 

To wrap up this series is the monte alban, geometric pyramids representing the ancient Zapotec political and economic pyramids.

 

Leathercraft and Rugged Wool

After the artisans have created these works of art, it's our turn. We take hundreds of years of craftsmanship and tradition into consideration when pairing these beautiful woven symbolic rugs with our rich, patina-poised Legacy Leather™ in an uncompromising fashion. 

The pieces you end up putting on your back, in the back of your Uber, on the train in Europe, those pieces are a collaboration: between the Oaxacan artisans and Will Leather Goods, and between Will and you.

We invite you to check our recent batch of one of a kind bags from our Oaxacan Collection, and pick a symbol and bag that calls to you.


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Hello valued WILL customers, 

Imagine your WILL purchase resulting in an underprivileged child receiving a free backpack to carry their dreams. YOU can make that happen!

Join us as we kick start our 2019 Give Will campaign. It’s very simple. Right now your purchase of any Oregon Collection bag from Will Leather Goods will result in us donating one of our iconic Dream backpacks this Fall.

It’s that easy… You buy one. We give one!

I appreciate your on-going support of my goal to donate 100,000 backpacks across America by 2025. In that spirit of giving, I’ve authorized reduced pricing on our Oregon Collection styles for a very limited time, so that together we can maximize the impact for kids in need.

This summer I will announce what we hope will be our most grand Give Will donation event ever! 

I am eternally grateful to have each of YOU as part of our efforts to encourage kids to follow their dreams.

- Will Adler, CEO & Founder of Will Leather Goods

 

 

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Chocolates melt. Roses wilt. Luxury leather is a gift for a lifetime. This Valentine’s Day personalize your gift with free embossing at Will Leather Goods. We now have a heart available in two sizes and they look fantastic!

Create a small message, emboss just a single heart or add his or her initials – make your gift unique and even more meaningful.

Embossing your Will Leather items is always complimentary, even if you purchased your product years ago and just now decided to personalize. Our store associates are fully trained to make each embossing look great. We can also emboss logos or brand marks for your corporate gifts. 

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“The uniqueness. The lovingness and the simple detail. The caring is what Will Leather Goods is all about.”

- Will Adler, Founder

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“She said so many things.
So many truths that cut deep…”

Open my journal to page one and you’ll see the beginnings of a song that will probably never be completed. Like so many others before. On page two I wrote down goals for the new year. “Drop 10 pounds by February. Discover a new band. Read four novels. Mentor a young person to help build his or her resume.” Page three, a bunch of marketing metrics and a Will Adler quote. Page four, my grocery list.

I joined the WILL family in June of last year. I’m the new guy in the office, and I’m relatively new to the world of luxury leather goods. My bag of choice – our Hank Satchel in black. But I also wanted to immerse myself in some of the other fine products we produce. So just before the holidays I purchased our bottle opener keychain and a leather journal cover, in black to match my bag.

Though I’m a writer by trade, that wasn’t always a passion of mine. I didn’t keep a diary as a teenager. My phone has apps for notes, lists, calendars, appointments, etc. Only recently did I resolve to rediscover putting pen on paper, to gift myself a new journal so that I could capture whatever came to mind whenever it came to mind.

I think I’m hooked.

A couple months later and my journal is almost always within arm’s reach. For years I did my Christmas budget and gift lists in a spreadsheet (yes, I’m a marketing geek). Not this year. It’s hard to explain, but somehow it felt just a little more meaningful writing down gift ideas for my wife and daughters in my journal.

I write down dates I need to remember, things I need at the store, an outline of short stories about my many fly-fishing adventures and follies, and inspired notes about ways to engage our WILL family of customers in creative new ways that they’ll appreciate.

My journal is medium sized. It fits easily in the side pocket of my satchel, has pockets to hold a few business cards and a loop to keep my favorite pen from disappearing. I got my father the same journal as a holiday gift, in grey to match his laptop cover. He’s a to-do list maker – and has surprisingly long lists for a retired guy. I told him it was time to retire his yellow Dollar Store notepads.

Time will tell if he catches the journaling bug.

I have a few other friends who started using a journal a couple years ago. Most are designers and artists and I’ve noticed they favor a larger journal and paper without lines. They fill their journals with doodles, sketches and rough drafts of the shapes and patterns that emerge from their creative whims. The WILL large journal cover comes with unlined paper and is perfect for artistic types. I’m thankful my medium cover came with a lined notepad because my penmanship mostly stinks and I can’t draw so much as a good stick figure.

I’m not ready to claim that writing in my journal has changed my life. It has added a nice new touch, however. It’s a bit more personal to me, does help me organize a bit and it reduces my screen time. And, when I think more deeply about it, I imagine that one day one of my daughters will find my old journal and enjoy a moment of peace and comfort while discovering some of the thoughts, ideas, quips and unfinished songs that were uniquely mine.

 


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Meet the brand new Pride Pouches. Made from our soft and supple Washed Lambskin, these colorful cases come in oodles of vibrant colors - just in time for Summer!

Inspired by my original Venice Beach Rainbow belt stand (which now manifests as the Gunner Belt), the Pride Pouches are an expression of our individuality and uniqueness. They give us the ability to show our true colors. They empower you to take pride in your community, your school, and more importantly – yourself.

We started with lambskin - a word that speaks to softness. After the vegetable-tanning process, the leather is washed to achieve a truly unique look and texture.

Peek inside and you'll find that we lined the pouches with our chambray pin dot pattern. We also included 3 card slots - built with the same color-matched lambskin as the outside - giving you just enough storage to keep the important things organized.

The brass zipper closure keeps everything secure, and the two available sizes make it perfect for the aspiring artist or even as a colorful wallet alternative.

With all of the colors in the rainbow (and then some), we're sure you'll find at least one that fits your lifestyle and allows you to express yourself no matter where you go.

Ready to pick your favorite? Just click either link below to start shopping!


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