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LATE SPR 2015

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14 Western & English Today LATE SPRING 2015 Dimensions: 7.5˝ x 5˝ x 2.5˝. MSRP $168. Designers at 3D Belt's Angel Ranch know women can't resist the allure of small leather accessories. Afer all, good things come in small packages. In addition to the relaunch of key handbags, some with concealed carry compartments, they've added ladies' wallets and wristlets to great success, some in quality, high-end Italian leathers. Tere's even a cosmetic bag in printed leather snakeskin — ultra chic. Western details, animal print-inspired handbags and smaller cross-body bags for gals abound. Te company has also picked up the license for Justin/Tony Lama production for wallets and cellphone cases for men with the emphasis on distressed leathers with a rugged, nostalgic, outdoorsy feel. Outstanding leather spur straps range from $48-$75 in every imaginable design as well; tooled, overlay, traditional foral carving, vintage Americana — simply beautiful accents for your boots with or without the spurs! Yoakum, Texas — home to Double J Saddlery — was once a nameless "bump in the road" for cowboys driving herds up the Chisholm Trail. Tat is, until Benjamin F. Yoakum, vice president and general manager of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway, built a roundhouse there in 1888 to capitalize on the invention of the refrigerated boxcar by Gustavus Swif in 1878. Being able to transport butchered beef via rail sounded the death knell for long, expensive cattle drives — and it also meant that thousands of cowhides were stacking up in Yoakum. Over time, tanning and saddle making became prominent trades in Yoakum, attracting world-class artisans to this bucolic burg. Today, more than a dozen top saddlemakers hang their hats in Yoakum, with multi-generational standout Double J Saddlery extending its proud tradition in handcrafed saddles to handbags and accessories. In smaller leather goods, start with cellphone cases, hand-tooled with a classic Southwestern infuence. Te hugely popular clutch organizer (made to match all handbags) can also be purchased separately. With a convenient wrist strap, it organizes cash, credit cards, cellphone and lipstick and comes in a wide variety of imprinted and/or tooled leathers in luscious colors. (A cross-body strap can be added for a $10 up-charge.) Tis year's elegant turquoise-green leather with a lace surface design takes the prize. MSRP $100-$300. Leaders in Leather, an Austin-based company founded by Chilean designer Ricardo Zuniga, specializes in supple South American leather that's been vegetable-dyed in brilliant mustard, tangerine, melon, fuschia, lime, turquoise and wine — as well as natural tones such as avocado, smoke, honey and pecan — and then crafed into unique designs. Exquisite handtooling, done by artisans using time-honored Paraguayan tooling techniques, inlay/ overlay and intricate stitching are all hallmarks of this brand. And although Leaders in Leather is perhaps best known for its superb large carryalls, the intricacy of detail on its mini-clutches, cross- body bags, credit card wallets and wristlets make them seem even more precious. MSRP $22-$120. Texas Leather ofers afordable wallets for women on either a long shoulder strap or a wrist strap in a huge variety of manmade leather options (pleather), either embellished or plain. Universal cellphone cases abound in American leathers, many embossed to appear as alligator, ostrich or other natural patterns (cover fts a variety of cellphones). Each retailer can customize the mix and specify colors, leathers and embellishments, pending its own market needs. Outstanding wallets for men and women also come in rich Italian leather, a greater investment and value. Don't miss a full line of leather wristbands (bracelets or cufs) for gals, nicely embellished, and even leather t o f t s m p e m a g l i n f o LEADERS IN LEATHER (800) 810-5050 leadersinleather.net DOUBLE J SADDLERY (800) 669-2535 doublejsaddlery.com 3D BELT COMPANY (Angel Ranch, Justin, Tony Lama) (800) 622-3998; 3dbelt.com l h d

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