The Branch Line Leather "How it Works" Guide


OUR PROCESS

Branch Line Leather Co. is committed to helping you choose and customize your perfect rustic leather bag. When you buy one of our bags, you become part of the design process. You choose from a menu of materials and configurations to ensure your bag is perfect for you. In a few simple steps, you can customize your bag to suit your needs. Start by choosing the bag style best for you. Then, customize your bag:

 STEP 1:Choose your material from our selection of leathers and wool felts.

STEP 2: Choose the interior pocket configuration that best suits your needs.

STEP 3: Choose a coordinating or contrasting strap and hardware finish.

Add your accessories, finalize your order and enjoy! Your new Branch Line Leather Bag will arrive in 2-4 weeks.

Shipping on all bag orders is always FREE to the Continental USA.

 

OUR STANDARDS

Our bags are simple and durable by design. We hand-cut and hand-finish each bag in house using time-honored, traditional leatherworking tools and techniques. We design, build, and field test all of our bag samples. We pay careful attention to areas that will wear more quickly, and make sure to reinforce all stress points. Your Branch Line Leather Bag will weather well and continue to be of useful service for many years. Who is making your order? We are. We source the leather and hardware, cut the parts, assemble and finish your order by hand, one order at a time, in house. We are the owners of the company and the builders of your item. When you buy from us, you are supporting a 100% Home Grown Local business.

OUR MATERIALS

Leather is nature's original renewable resource for durable items that will last a lifetime. Each hide used is unique. Additionally, the tanning process of this natural material may yield slight differences in color and finish from one hide to another. We strive to accurately represent our products online, but if you would like to see the materials in person, we recommend ordering a Swatch Package by clicking here. 

Our Leathers

Our leathers are hand-selected top grain cowhide, tanned with oils and waxes for outdoor use and longevity. The hides used are thicker than typical mass-produced bags, giving your bag a vintage, case-like carry. Our bags are unlined, meaning the inside of your bag is simply the back (sueded) side of the hide. The hides occasionally show a few scratches, fat wrinkles and bug bites, in other words, “the history” of the animal that provided the hide. These imperfections add to the character and unique look of each of our products.

 

   Cardinal Leather

Beautiful Top Grain Cowhide in a stunning, bright red. Slightly waxy surface with a smooth, tight grain. Protective top finish will not show scratches easily, but still maintains a deep, rich, hand-finished look.

 

    Cocoa Leather

Top Grain Oiltanned Cowhide in reliable medium brown. Surface is smooth and consistently colored. Finish is slightly oiled for protection and will show some scratches and wear as the bag is used. These scratches are easily remedied simply by rubbing them with your hand to bring up additional oils. Hides may have some range scratches and fat wrinkles. A good, solid, basic leather.

 

     Dusty Leather

Top Grain Oiltanned Cowhide with a rustic tan finish. Surface is smooth and features a distressed, pull-up effect that lightens when folded. Finish is lightly oiled for weather protection and will show scratches and wear easily as the bag is used. Most scratches are easily remedied simply by rubbing them with your hand to bring up additional oils. Hides may have some range scratches and fat wrinkles. A good, solid, rugged leather with an “old worn-in” look.

 

    Olive Leather

Top Grain Oiltanned Cowhide in a unique olive color. Surface is rustic, and features a distressed, pull-up effect that lightens when folded. Finish is oiled for weather protection and will show scratches and wear easily as the bag is used. Most scratches are easily remedied simply by rubbing them with your hand to bring up additional oils. Hides may have some range scratches and fat wrinkles. A good, solid, rugged leather with an “old worn-in” look.

 

    Coal Leather

Beautiful Top Grain Cowhide in basic black. Slightly waxy surface and a smooth, tight grain. Protective top finish will not show scratches easily, but still maintains a deep, rich, hand-finished look.

A note about dye transfer. Our leathers are tanned using oils and waxes to protect them from the elements. Although we curate our hide selection to avoid heavily dyed leathers, some of the colors may transfer a minimal amount of dye to light colored clothing. This is not a statement on the quality of the leather, but a natural occurrence when using genuine leather hides.
 

Our Wool Felt

Our 100% Virgin Merino Wool felt fabrics are weather and stain-resistant, and virtually indestructible. The 3mm thickness has enough body to hold its shape when made into a bag. There is virtually no stretch to this material. Unmatched color, density and finish.

 

    Carbon Wool Felt

100% Merino Wool Felt. 3mm thickness is the perfect weight to hold its shape. This material is weatherproof, stain proof, has virtually no stretch, and is almost indestructible.

 

    Oatmeal Wool Felt

100% Merino Wool Felt. 3mm thickness is the perfect weight to hold its shape. This material is weatherproof, stain proof, has virtually no stretch, and is almost indestructible.

 

Our Basic Straps

All Basic Straps straps are single-ply, super-thick buffalo hide, which is both strong and flexible. This leather has incredible tensile strength, which means it will give comfortably while you're wearing it, and also hold its shape consistently over time. Straps are available in Black, Brown, and Peanut.

 

 

Our Matching Straps

Matching Straps are cut from two layers of the same leather as the bag, then sewn together. This method yields a strap that matches your bag perfectly. Best with our Cardinal, Dusty, or Olive leathers for a more uniform look. Since the straps are handmade, they carry a price premium due to the time-intensive nature of construction.

 

Our Hardware

All Branch Line Leather hardware is chosen for functionality and durability. Buckles and rivets are either solid brass or plated brass. Please note, not all finishes are available on all styles. When ordering, the available finishes are listed in the dropdown menu.

 

 

Available Pocket Configurations

Please note, not all pocket configurations are available on all styles. When ordering, the available pocket configurations are listed in the dropdown menu.

THREE SMART POCKETS

Left Pocket: 1 ¾” X 6”
Center Pocket: 3 ¾” X 6”
Right Pocket: 4 ¾” X 6”
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

 

 

TWO SMART POCKETS

Left Pocket: 2 ¾” X 6”
Right Pocket: 4 ¾” X 6”
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

 

 

TWO INDIVIDUAL POCKETS

Each Pocket is 5” X 6”
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

 

 

HORIZONTAL ZIP POCKET

10 ¾” X 6”
Genuine YKK Brass Zipper and slider
Sewn directly into bag body

 
 

 

VERTICAL ZIP POCKET

7 ¾” X 6”
Genuine YKK Brass Zipper and slider
Sewn directly into bag body

 

 

 

HORIZONTAL SLIP POCKET

14” X 9”
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

 

 

VERTICAL SLIP POCKET

9 ½” X 9”
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

 

 

HORIZONTAL SNAP POCKET

14” X 9”
Brass or Silver heavy duty snap
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

 

 

VERTICAL SNAP POCKET

9 ½” X 9”
Brass or Silver heavy duty snap
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRANCH LINE LEATHER COMPLETE OPTIONS GUIDE

Please note: not all combinations are available in all styles. When ordering, available options will be listed in the dropdown menus.

LEATHER COLORS

Custom Leather Bag Red    Custom Leather Bag Cocoa    Custom Leather Bag Dusty    Custom Leather Bag Olive    Custom Leather Bag Coal

 

WOOL COLORS

Custom Wool Bag Carbon    Custom Wool Bag Oatmeal

 

BASIC STRAP COLORS

 

Custom Leather Bags Strap Options

MATCHING STRAP COLORS

HARDWARE FINISHES

Custom Leather Bags Hardware Choices

 

POCKET CONFIGURATIONS

 

 Custom Leather Bags Pocket Choices

THREE SMART POCKETS

Left Pocket: 1 ¾” X 6”
Center Pocket: 3 ¾” X 6”
Right Pocket: 4 ¾” X 6”
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

Custom Leather Bags Pocket Choices

TWO SMART POCKETS

Left Pocket: 2 ¾” X 6”
Right Pocket: 4 ¾” X 6”
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

 

Custom Leather Bags Pocket Choices

TWO INDIVIDUAL SLIP POCKETS

Each Pocket is 5” X 6”
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

 

 

Custom Leather Bags Pocket Choices

HORIZONTAL ZIP POCKET

10 ¾” X 6”
Genuine YKK Brass Zipper and slider
Sewn directly into bag body

 
 

 

Custom Leather Bags Pocket Choices

VERTICAL ZIP POCKET

7 ¾” X 6”
Genuine YKK Brass Zipper and slider
Sewn directly into bag body



 

Custom Leather Bags Pocket Choices

HORIZONTAL SLIP POCKET

14” X 9”
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

 

 

Custom Leather Bags Pocket Choices

VERTICAL SLIP POCKET

9 ½” X 9”
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

 

 

Custom Leather Bags Pocket Choices

HORIZONTAL SNAP POCKET

14” X 9”
Brass or Silver heavy duty snap
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

 

VERTICAL SNAP POCKET

9 ½” X 9”
Brass or Silver heavy duty snap
Sewn directly into bag body
Riveted at all stress points

 

 

 

 

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