JOURNAL | Projects, Events and New Products

October 17, 2017


It's Workshop Season

Every Season we host a variety of classes in which students will make leather goods such as, a wallet, a belt, a bracelet, and much more. Our curriculum emphasizes DOING to learn, MAKING to be creative, and EMBRACING mistakes to gain experience. We empower our students to craft with their hands, become self sufficient and build confidence. 

The New Fall Workshop Schedule: 

Bracelet Making Class
Thursday, October 26th :: 6pm - 8pm
Saturday, October 28th :: 5pm - 7pm

Belt Making Class
Thursday, November 16th :: 6pm - 9pm
Saturday, November 18th :: 5pm - 8pm

Tote Bag Making Class
Thursday, November 30th :: 5pm - 9pm
Saturday, December 2nd :: 5pm - 9pm

Our new workshop dates are up! We will be putting workshops together from October through December twice a week. Snag a spot or two and come join us at the variety of workshops we are offering this season. See you there!

*For more information on the specifics of each workshop please visit our workshop page at makesmith.com or give us a call at 805.699.6296

September 20, 2017


New Product Launch :: Crossbody Soft Brief

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Intro: 

Turn Heads and make a statement. The new Crossbody Soft Brief is here and its the perfect accessory for you to go from business to beach and back around again.

Development

This is not a messenger bag, its better. We ditched the flap and created a soft brief that will take you where you need to go and maybe a bit further. If you're anything like us, we’re always looking for the perfect carryall. We’re last minute packers and that meant needing to make a bag that inspired confidence, easy and style. I'm pretty sure we nailed it. With an adjustable strap and a internal laptop sleeve this bag goes at the top of the packing list (that is if we have time to make one). From a business meeting to a long weekender it doesn't take no for an answer.

Feature: 

Whats our favorite part? Well the laptop sleeve of course. With contemporary convenience built right in, its hard to say "why not" to this durable design.  

Buy one here!  $325

Photos courtesy of Lerina Winter 

August 30, 2017


New Product Launch :: The Zipper Cross Body Purse

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Intro: 

Your search has ended. With the release of our new Zipper Cross Body Purse, you won't find yourself wanting anymore. Its minimalist attitude and beautiful character flaws will be the beginning of a long friendship. 

Development

The perfect companion bag is here and we have Weslie to thank for it. Friends that have needs inform our new design decisions 100%. Following an afternoon of coffee and conversation, she urged me to get to work on a custom design--something sleek and simple, she said. Coming up with a design that could follow her any and everywhere was tougher than expected, how could something so straightforward be so taxing? The final product was more than we had hoped for, its simple, elegant and rustic enough for casual use. 

Feature: 

Our favorite feature of this piece is internal pocket (per Weslie's strong request for somewhere to store her always lost keys). 

Buy one here!  $265

Photos courtesy of Lerina Winter 

July 22, 2017


New Product Launch :: Leather Bound Journals

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MS Leather Journal

MS Leather Journal

Three Color Choices Leather Journal

 

Intro: Never forget an idea, make sure you write it down! Journaling is a really great way to process all of your creative thoughts.

Development: We made this journal for the Director of the Santa Barbara Film Fest, Roger Durling. He came to us with the idea of having a classic, clean but old world style leather bound journal that has the ability for refillable paper. He interviews people, takes notes about films and writes notes about his students work all day long, so archiving the books for a later date is a must. So, we designed this leather tie-up style journal around replaceable decomposition books that can be taken out and then replaced with a new one with ease.

Feature: One of the best features of this piece is that the journals inserts can be found at most drug stores, books stores and/or ordered online from Amazon, because they are an educational industry standard size.

Buy one here! $85

Photos courtesy for Winter Creative Co. 

July 19, 2017


Teaming Up with Lynda.com for some vlog action

We spent a couple of days with Lynd.com to work on a "Vlogging for Business" project... the following is the script from the tutorial...

Jem Schofield of theC47 breaks down the planning, production, post production, equipment, and distribution of an ongoing vlog for your company, business, or creative endeavor. Jem explains how to select the right subject matter, pick a vlogging camera, and shoot your vlog. Plus, he goes over helpful post production and delivery strategies, including editing and integrating branding assets. Jem shows all of this by walking through the process with a business owner, Steven Soria of Make Smith Leather Company.

Vlogging for Business by Jem Schofield

See more of the project we worked on with Lynda.com >>>>>>>>> https://www.lynda.com/Video-tutorials/Next-steps/567791/598316-4.html

May 30, 2017


100 Mile Run & a Custom Made Belt to Match!

This is the trophy you receive when you finish a Ultra Marathon Run, that's 100 miles. #borntorun // We're honored to make you a custom belt Benjamin! #100milerun

100 Mile Run

Grab a custom belt for yourself, as well. Will make one up within a few days and ship it to ya!

May 25, 2017


Cooper Saddlery >>>> Leather Tooling Workshop 2017

Our 2017 summer workshop program is fulling underway with leather tooling, sandal making, tote bag making and last but not least, leather belt making. Please take a look at our class schedule to see a full list of available classes. Our first class was run by Brad Cooper of Cooper Saddlery in Buellton, CA. Brad opened his shop last summer and has been hand-making saddles of the high quality American craftsmanship money can buy you. Take a look at the photos below to see Brand in action teaching an 8 student class all about leather carving, shading, casing, coloring and basket weave stamping. Its was a beautiful day in sunny Santa Barbara, watching, learning and taking part in this lost craft. 

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May 16, 2017


Frequently Asked Question of the Week

Make Smith Shop

FAQ of the week...

Customer: Can I speak with Mike?  

Me: No, there is no mike that works here. My name is Steven Soria, and you have arrived at our leather shop called Make Smith. How can I help you?

Customer: Quit messing with me, Mike, I haven't had all my coffee, yet.

Me:   : /

May 10, 2017


DIY LUGGAGE TAGS WITH TEVA

Check out this awesome DIY we did with TEVA....

We’ve all been there: waiting at the baggage claim carousel with fingers crossed our suitcases made it from point A to B and no one picked ours up by mistake—no easy feat between flight delays and the fact that every suitcase looks, well, exactly the same.

Enter Steven Soria, the craftsman behind Santa Barbara, California-based leather goods shop MAKE SMITH. To help us celebrate the start of Spring Break season and National Craft Month, he whipped up some eye-catching leather luggage tags that will set your suitcases apart from the rest of the pack and get you where you’re going that much faster. Photos by CARA ROBBINS.

Meet the Maker: Steven Soria of Make Smith

How did you discover your passion for your art?

I grew up in my family’s leather-crafting business, where most of my play toys were art and crafting materials. In many ways, there wasn’t a discovery period for me because it’s been more of a lifetime journey. READ MORE >>>>

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Sandal Making Workshop 2017 with Stace Fulwiler

We're very excited to announce that famous sandal making class will be happening again this season at Make Smith Leather. Stac Fulwiler will be head down the 101 freeway from Oakland CA to teach a six our class. As always, all are welcome to participate. Here are the details:  

When: Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Time: 11am - 5pm
Where: Make Smith Leather Co.  
117 West De La Guerra St, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Class Fee: $250  sign up through the shop!

Description: In a 6 hour workshop, you will learn how to make a pair of leather sandals, using your own feet for the fit and your own design for the style (or pick a design to make from my website).  We'll provide the instruction, the tools, the materials and the leather.  By the end of class you will have made your own pair of leather sandals!  You will also learn some basic leather-working techniques and you’ll leave with a handout outlining sandal-making basics, including places to source materials in California.

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April 26, 2017


New Summer 2017 Dates for Workshops are LIVE

 

Make Smith is a 500 square foot traditional leather-crafting workshop located at 117 West De La Guerra St Unit C, Santa Barbara CA  93101. Our goal is to provide the resources, education, and community for creative minds to make quality handcrafted leather goods. Our classes can enhance a growing career or satiate a long time desire to start a new skill in a small class format. We host a variety of classes in which students will make leather goods such as, a wallet, a belt, a bracelet, and much more. Our curriculum emphasizes DOING to learn, MAKING to be creative, and EMBRACING mistakes to gain experience. We empower our students to craft with their hands, become self sufficient and build confidence. 

2017 Workshop Schedule:

Saturday, April 29th from 2 - 6pm  :: Leather Tooling

Sunday, April 30th from 2 - 6pm :: Leather Tooling

Saturday, May 6th from 11am - to 5pm :: Sandal Making

Saturday, May 27th from 2 - 6pm :: Belt Making

Saturday June 10th, 2017 from 2 - 6pm :: Tote Bag Making

April 24, 2017


The Alamo Motel - A mini Outpost of Make Smith Goods

We never really had an official opening in Los Alamos to celebrate our little shop opening in North Santa Barbara County, but trust me when I tell you that lots of champagne has been flowing! For almost a four years now, Shelter Social Club has worked with us to develope small branded leather goods for the lobby shops at all of their locations, so it only seemed natural to start selling our tote bags and leather accessories, as well. You can now find a full assortment of our Make Smith branded goods at the Alamo Motel Gift shop. We're officially curating a small shop within the check-in lobby. Stop by and scope out whats happening at our new little shop @ The Alamo Motel, or better yet, book a room for the night and make a weekend adventure out of it. But don't forget to stop into Municipal Wine Makers who has a quaint little tasting room on the hotel property. 

Address: 425 Bell St, Los Alamos, CA 93440

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December 01, 2016


UGG X Make Smith

We are super stoked to announce that we have launched a new project with UGG Mens Accessories. They will be selling out leather belts both online and in their retail stores. Please take a look when you get a minute; 

http://www.ugg.com/men-accessories/ugg-x-make-smith-belt/1019721.html

September 29, 2016


Sandal Making Workshop with Stace Fulwiler

We are very exciting to add Stace Fulwiler to our roster of talented teachers for Fall/Winter 2016 Leather crafting classes. Below are the details of her upcoming sandal making workshop:

  • Saturday, October 8th, 2016

  • 11:00am to 5:00pm

Come learn to make sandals with Stace Fulwiler and Steven Soria at Make Smith Leather Company in Santa Barbara, CA! During 6 hours of hands-on work, you can create one of the designs on my website - deviations and modifications are always possible and encouraged! After the workshop, you will have some new skills and your self-made, custom sandals.  No prior experience is necessary; we’ll walk through the process together.  

You will also choose your heel height: either hand-made Alder wood heels that are about 1.75” high (walkable and add a little lift), or a classic low stacked-leather heel.  She'll bring many types and colors of leather for you to use, and Make Smith Leather Co. will have all the tools we will need to complete our project. 

In learning to construct your pair of sandals, you'll also learn basic leather working tips + techniques. If you would like to use your new skills to continue making sandals after this workshop, I can point you to some good resources in California.  Both men and women are welcome to attend.

Sign up on Stace's Website, HERE:

http://www.stacefulwiler.com/shop/sandal-workshop-at-make-smith-leather-co


 

August 03, 2016


My solution to prevent Sciatica

First of all, what is Sciatica? According to wikipedia; Sciatica is a medical condition of pain going down the leg from the lower back. Its pretty intense, and if you've every had this condition, you know if really NO JOKE. Its basically, extremely bad back pain. For me it all began with my huge ass wallet! I was carrying around so much junk in it; old credit card receipts, plastic gift cards to places I was never going to visit, etc. Shortly after a few chiropractor visits I ditched the old brick shaped leather wallet and made myself a prototype wallet, small, minimal and could fit in my front pocket. So, no more sitting on my wallet. No removed all the clutter, migrated over to this new new clean, thing and minimal wallet, and all my back problems began to shape up. It took at least three months of stretching and rehabilitation, but I was able to cure my Sciatica. The Credit Card Sleeve is now our best selling wallet. 

 The added benefit? I stopped loosing my wallet because I didn't have to take it out of my back pocket every time I had to sit down, get in the car, etc. So I stopped leaving it around in really odd places. It now sits safely in my front pocket. 

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July 30, 2016


The Garden // At The Public Market

We accepted a really awesome design contract with Marge Cafarelli, Managing Partner with Urban Developments and the leading force behind Alma del Pueblo. The plan was to open a beer garden (name respectfully "The Garden") that would showcase some of the best craft beers made in the central coast with a focus on Santa Barbara County makers of all sort of beers from Lagers to sours beers. There will be 41 tapped cages available for tasting at any given time. So this is where we came in. We designed the tap handles from vegetable tanned leather, embossed their logo and sewed them up. We used both natural finished and hand-dyed. In a few words, we were very please at the results. 

Last night was the opening and it was a huge success! People enjoyed hanging out in the space which was co-designed by The Brothers of Industry and Marge Caferelli, herself. 

The Garden at the Public Market

 

June 17, 2016


Four things your daddy wants.

Here's our list of last minute gifts ideas for dad...

Don't worry we are here for you on Saturday, but Sunday we will be closed to hang with Dad! If you need to stop by we've got a few cool gift ideas.


1. Bill Fold Wallet - This rad handmade wallet comes in tan, brown, black, ox-blood or cognac, hold up to 14 cards and has some room for cash. See more...

2. The Craftsmen Apron - Whether dad is a professional wood worker or just a backyard weekend BBQ'er he'll appreciate how well made this denim aprons were build. See more...

3. Leather Knife Roll - Sure, dad has lots of knives, but where does he keep them? He'll love this carry case to help keep all his expensive knives in one place. See more...

4. Key Chain - Help keep dad organize and looking classy. Our key chains with clip are a really great small gift. Don't forget to ask to have it embossed with his initials!!! See more...

 

June 10, 2016


Father's Day :: Leather Aged to Perfection

What are the things in life that get better with age? Some would say wine, art, and whiskey. But, what about leather? Leather gets better with some age. And that's why the adaptation from spirits to leather for the name Cognac works so well. Not only does it look exactly like a well aged spirit, but in a similar fashion the language around brown leather continues to become more rich: colored, deeply colored, brown brandy, very fine flavor brandy, perfectly pale - the most famous Charente specialties came in various shades of amber and copper. After four decades Cognac is still improving, and so will these leather goods. Everyday that goes by your leather goods take on more character and develop a luster that you cannot duplicate. But with time and patients you will have the most valuable heirloom pieces. This Father's Day give this well aging gift to the dad in your life that keeps getting better with age. You can find our key chains, belts and wallets by following these links or stopping into our leather shop in Santa Barbara, CA and seeing them in person. Let us guide your Father's Day shopping.  Shop our collection >>>

Show Room Hours:

Mon - Saturday 12-6pm

Location:

117 W. De La Guerra Street Unit C, Santa Barbara, CA  93101

 

 

June 04, 2016


An afternoon with Alexandra Gibbs

Alexandra Gibbs is a freelance photographer working and living in the Santa Barbara, CA area. Previously, Alexandra was a producer at a photography studio in Manhattan where she lived after attending Brooks Institute of Photography. She effectively captured a day in the life here at Make Smith. It was our pleasure to work with her and have her visit. See the full album >>>

See the full album >>>  

 

All photos were shot by Alexandra Gibbs.

May 03, 2016


Leather Tote for Mom

The one gift your mom actually wants for Mothers's Day is this full grain leather shopping tote bag. It has two internal pockets, and a rugged design that will last a lifetime!

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