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LATE SPR 2015

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LATE SPRING 2015 Western & English Today 13 ittle leather luxuries have become little leather utilities: We can't live without them. Tanks to several select manufacturers, Western retailers can now ofer items like cross-body mini-bags, handsome classic or tall wallets, pocketknife holsters … you name it. Sumptuous small leather goods debuting this season are destined to be cherished all year long. American West still delivers superb choices in larger handbags, its traditional staple, but it also serves a growing audience needing smaller bags, especially dedicated sports fans. Game Day bags meet new stadium security regulations in the permissible size, a mere 6.5˝ x 4.5˝, beautifully crafed in fve diferent color choices and worn with a long adjustable, cross-body strap. MSRP $90. Te exceptional Chippewa Collection takes its inspiration from Native American textiles. Tese hand-rubbed, distressed leather crossover wallet-bags are just what you need when "less is more." Two zipper compartments open to reveal a full-size wallet in the center, while an additional slip pocket on the back keeps things perfectly organized. Available in six colors: sand, earth brown, light turquoise, avocado, dusty rose and golden tan. Dimensions: 8.5˝ x 5.5˝. MSRP $98. Te convenient and versatile Texas Two-Step Collection, a combination bag, goes everywhere. Lif the front fap to fnd a full tri-fold wallet with two slip pockets, a zippered compartment and six credit card spaces. Turn it around and access a zippered handbag compartment, including an inside cellphone pouch and an exterior zipper pocket on the back. Te adjustable strap disconnects, so this versatile bag serves as an oversized all-in-one wallet and cosmetic holder too! Crafed in elegant, lighter-tone leathers with artistic stamping and tooling. Cash, credit cards and cellphones — the backbone of modern life — create a need for such items as these perfect little leather items to stash them in one tidy place. by Corinne Joy Brown AMERICAN WEST (954) 785-3155 Americanwest.cc

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