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Classic Tote Bag

Classic Tote Bag

Make Smith's ruggedly cool carry-all tote comes in softly worn tan, brown, or black leather, with two inside pockets to keep you organized. This is your stuff-it-all-in-and-go bag. You'll sling it over your shoulder and be ready for whatever the day throws your way.

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Located in the Pacific North West

Make Smith leather goods are proudly manufactured in Portland, OR, and we serve the Pacific North West, and ship our products all across the United States. To visit our design studio, please send us an email by filling out the form here on our contact page.


  • A little shout out to our Dogs - Keeping wearing your collars and leashes!

    Here’s a shout out to all the dogs that I’ve been rocking the Make Smith colors and leashes. We see you we love you. We support you from the Chihuahuas to the labradors all the way to the giant Saint Bernards and Great Daines. We see you all! Keep rocking these handmade leather collars and leashes we've built, and keep being the best looking dogs in the Pacific Northwest from Seattle all the way down to Portland, Oregon in Salem and Ashland. 

    Leather Dog Collar and Leash
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  • How to choose the best leather for your belt projects.

    When embarking on a leather belt making project, one of the most crucial decisions you'll make is choosing the right type of leather. The quality and characteristics of the leather will greatly impact the final look and durability of your belt.


    Here are some key factors to consider when selecting the best leather for your project.

    Full-Grain vs. Top-Grain Leather

    Full-grain leather is the highest quality leather available, as it is made from the top layer of the hide and retains the natural grain. This type of leather is extremely durable and develops a beautiful patina over time. On the other hand, top-grain leather is sanded and buffed to remove imperfections, resulting in a smoother surface. While still of good quality, it may not be as durable as full-grain leather.

    Vegetable-Tanned vs. Chrome-Tanned Leather

    Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using natural tannins found in plants, making it an environmentally friendly option. This type of leather ages well and develops a rich color over time. Chrome-tanned leather, on the other hand, is tanned using chromium salts, resulting in a softer and more pliable leather. Consider the look and feel you want for your belt when choosing between these two options.

    Thickness and Weight

    Leather thickness is measured in ounces, with a higher number indicating a thicker leather. For a sturdy belt, opt for a leather thickness between 8-10 ounces. Keep in mind that thicker leather may be more challenging to work with but will result in a more durable belt. Additionally, consider the weight of the leather, as heavier leather will create a more substantial belt.

    Grain and Texture

    Pay attention to the grain and texture of the leather when making your selection. Smooth leather with a consistent grain is ideal for a classic and polished look, while textured leather adds character and uniqueness to your belt. Consider the style you want to achieve and choose the grain and texture accordingly.

    By carefully considering these factors and selecting the right type of leather for your leather belt making project, you can ensure a high-quality and long-lasting finished product. Remember, the quality of the leather you choose will greatly impact the overall look and durability of your belt, so choose wisely!

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