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Cross-body messenger bag by Extreme Leather Deerskin medicine bag by Erda Te strongest performer for 3D right now is the iPad cover with Western fair, available in several styles, as well as covers emblazoned with Christian symbols, which are replacing the former traditional Bible covers, as more people migrate toward mobile scripture. Count on 3D Belt to keep up with the times. Up in the "Down East" state, one of our favorite Westerners-at-heart, Patty Dowse, owner of Erda, is delighting buyers all over the country with her Gal Friday carry-all. Made of deerskin, this medicine bag is designed to be worn around FALL 2013 the neck, measuring 2½ by 6 inches. It's perfect for holding glasses or a cell phone. Carry it plain, or with patterned leather, stenciled with horse silhouettes. Erda's best-seller is the Bracelet Bag, a triangular pouch in a pyramid shape, lined in suede. Te beaded bracelet never slips of. Part of a collection of small, nify leather bags, most have fat backs for easy carrying and wearing. Tey're bright and colorful, casual and smart, and entirely custom-made. Meet the newcomer to the leather accessory manufacturers: Kim Medici. Owner of Extreme Leather, Medici's a talented designer who apprenticed in a saddle shop and learned how to handle leather like a pro. In addition to fne vests and wearable goods, small Western purses are her mainstay in cross-body or messenger styles, fapstyle or clutch. Produced by hand, the purses are lined, have inside pockets, and are embellished with everything from rhinestones to coral. Medici will customize her products further for your store's customers, such as adding a ranch brand. She makes men's wallets out of real alligator and deerskin; plus, she ofers individualized phone and iPad cases in smooth leather or printed hair-on-hide (brindle, zebra and leopard), and even does leather carving with a client's name on larger cases. Some engraving is also Western & English Today 47

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