For the Guys: 10 Cool Local Stores for Well-Crafted Leather Goods
There are few things more versatile than leather.
(SPOT.ph) When it comes to accessories, there's nothing quite like genuine leather to elevate any outfit. No matter what you're wearing, a well-chosen leather piece can either add a dash of sophistication to your look or rough it up to reveal your inner rebel, depending on your mood. While you can opt for signature pieces made of premium Italian calfskin, there are several shops around the Metro that offer leather items with the same quality and durability, but at friendlier pricepoints. Here are 10 local stores to keep in mind for your next leather fix.
A snazzy pair of dress brogues can always be counted on to make your shoe game one that's worthy of a gentleman. And Godfather Shoes knows this to be true—they specialize in custom-made pairs in various colors and finishes. Besides their classic dress shoes, they also sell small leather goods such as cord wraps and notebook covers.
Godfather Shoes is located at 2 Flamingo Street corner Falcon Street, Marikina City. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to their Facebook page.
As the old saying goes, dress for the job you want—and this applies to your workplace accessories, too! Treat your laptop to one of Huevo's leather Macbook sleeves (P2,500), or store all your unsightly wires with bit more polish through their best-selling Wire Burrito (P1,300). You can also check out their hand-painted passport holders (starts at P1,800) to make any business trip truly executive-worthy.
Joco Comendador Footwear + Art
Those who dare to stand out and proudly let their freak flag fly will surely love Joco Comendador's one-of-a-kind shoe creations. Although he has some more classic offerings such as horsebit loafers and staple oxfords, it's his avant-garde pieces that really steal the spotlight. Fancy a pair of calfskin slip-ons with gold spikes all over? Or how about elevated creepers with rose embroidery? All his shoes are handcrafted and can be customized just the way you like it.
Joco Comendador is located at 21 Virginia Street, Barangay Sto. Niño, Marikina City. For more information, contact 0995-723-8197 or log on to their Facebook page.
Launched in 2017, Marked HQ is the brainchild of leather enthusiast Mark Ngo. The shop is based in Ngo's home, giving new meaning to the term "homegrown brand." Although it's a fairly new business, you'll be seduced by their soft leather totes and stylish briefcases, which you can also choose to customize. Ngo makes each of his creations by hand, making sure that every piece you purchase is totally unique.
When it comes to locally made leather shoes, you can't beat those that are made by experienced artisans. Marquina Shoemaker utilizes the best leather handcrafting techniques to create classic footwear that will stand the test of time, both in terms of style and durability. Check out their horsebit slip-on loafers for a preppy staple you're not likely to tire of in the near future.
Launched in 2013, NiQUA already has a loyal following—and it's easy to see why. The online shop has a selection of leather bags crafted by Marikina artisans and characterized by clean lines. If you're looking for something a bit more one-of-a-kind, check out their Bespoke service, which lets you customize any of their bag styles and have it monogrammed too!
Who says leather shoes should only be worn for special events? Although Sapatero has a decent selection of dress oxfords and brogues perfect for the next wedding you'll be attending, their best-selling pair is the Tala sneaker (P4,700), made with kid-skin and a rubber sole. The minimalist vibe and clean lines make it easy to understand why this pair sells out immediately every time they restock!
The School of Satchel
You'll practically feel like an Eton schoolboy with one of The School of Satchel's premium full-grain leather bags. Their designs are based on the quintessential British Cambridge satchel—quite a dapper way to lug around your laptop and work papers, don't you think? Besides their satchels, they also have specialty bags, like a camera body bag that looks as good as it is functional.
Taking DIY to the next level, Soul Flower Co. is a homegrown craft company that regularly holds leather crafting workshops in their Maginhawa studio. Because, let's face it, what's more special than a rugged satchel you made yourself? If you're not a fan of DIY but still want to avail of the store's artisan-quality bags, you can browse their online shop—they'll even ship your new favorite leather piece to your front door.
Soul Flower Co. is located at Unit 2C, 22 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, contact 0977-805-2806, or log on to their Facebook page.
A true-blue heritage brand, The Tannery Manila has been a pioneer in the creation of Filipino-made leather goods since 1901. The shop not only sells premium messenger bags and satchels imbued with a rustic charm, but also a wide variety of accessories ranging from coin purses and wallets to executive-appropriate leatherbound notebooks. They even offer a monogramming service if you're in the mood to add an extra dash of your personality to your piece!