Power of the Purse 2017

Power of the Purse 2017

March 22, 2017

The Girls Inc Power of Purse 2017 gala has come and gone and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Our amazing leather tote bag with henna hands in a gesture of love was auctioned off for charity last Friday night at the Hilton in downtown Portland. Here is a...

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Leather in Any Weather: A Care Guide Part II

Leather in Any Weather: A Care Guide Part II

March 08, 2017

Last week we talked about how to care for leather in wet and dry environments. This week we wanted to wrap up our leather care guide with a few notes on leather conditioning and aging. Re-Conditioning: Is It Even Necessary? Here at Hand and Hide we take great pride in...

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Leather in Any Weather: A Care Guide Part I

Leather in Any Weather: A Care Guide Part I

March 01, 2017

Our hometown of Portland Oregon is incredibly rainy, as I write it is literally dumping outside! You might ask why a leather goods store would set up shop in such a wet environment knowing that water is no friend to leather. Although rain can make leather care potentially difficult we...

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We Love Girls Inc

We Love Girls Inc

February 22, 2017

In honor of our 6th year partnering with Girls INC of the PNW and their Power of the Purse Charity, we thought we would shed some light on why we love Girls INC and have chosen to work with them as our local charity. BackgroundGirls INC has a long history...

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New Phone Wallet Colors

New Phone Wallet Colors

January 27, 2017

I have exciting news for you, we are changing our colors this year! We are switching to a different kind of dye that has more vibrant color and should be more resistant to water spots. Our range of browns is very similar, so we kept the same names, but be aware it...

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Huawei Phone Case Review

Huawei Phone Case Review

January 05, 2017

Hello everyone! Hope you're having a great Thursday on this New Year week one. One of the benefits of making leather phone cases is getting to hear about all the smartphone companies out there. There are some pretty unknown brands out there that are killing it when it comes to...

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Canadian Woodworking Review

Canadian Woodworking Review

January 03, 2017

 

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Photo Contest 2016

Photo Contest 2016

September 22, 2016

We had a photo contest recently. We asked on Facebook, Instagram and through our newsletter for people to share photos of their Hand and Hide goods in real life. The contest is over, but we wanted to share the Winner and the runner ups with you!

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More Than Turquoise Feature!

More Than Turquoise Feature!

August 11, 2016

Our riveted tote bag was recently featured on the More Than Turquoise fashion and lifestyle blog! Jamie was looking for a phone case for her hubby when she spotted our selection of handmade leather totes. And... she was riveted. We know that Jamie has good taste because not only does she...

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New Wallets!

New Wallets!

August 04, 2016

We are introducing three new wallet styles! Slim, Small and Micro.

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New Engraving Designs

New Engraving Designs

July 19, 2016

We have greatly expanded our stock engraved design options. Read more to see all of our new designs.

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4 Leather Terms Explained

4 Leather Terms Explained

July 12, 2016

I asked in our survey what you guys wanted to hear more of from us, and several people said our process and leather info in general. So today I am going to give you a brief introduction to leather types and terms.

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Our Team

Our Team

June 07, 2016

Meet our team and learn a little about us! Jeff From: Pittsburg, Pennsylvania Arriving in Pittsburgh via the Fort Pitt tunnel still gets me every time.  You emerge from the darkness of the tunnel and are presented with the entire downtown skyline - it’s magical. Portland reminds me of a hipper, younger...

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Behind the Scenes: Making a Phone Case

Behind the Scenes: Making a Phone Case

March 28, 2016

Here at Hand and Hide we work hard to make sure each individual case turns out beautifully. In our small studio this process looks a lot different than it does for a large manufacturer. We make our products from start to finish in our studio in Portland, Oregon. Each and...

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2016 Power of the Purse

2016 Power of the Purse

March 07, 2016

For the past 5 years Hand and Hide has participated in Power of the Purse, a fundraiser for Girls Inc of the PNW. In previous years we've been paired up with a local 'purse-o-nality' and designed a bag reflecting that person's passions.This year things played out a little differently. We were not...

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2015 Power of the Purse - bag design

2015 Power of the Purse - bag design

January 19, 2015

It's that time of year again; the 10th annual Power of the Purse is only 7 weeks away. The bags are due in 2 weeks and there is a 10th anniversary preview gala this Thursday. I am going to try to have my bag ready for the preview. This year...

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Power of the Purse 2014 - Part Two:  The Event

Power of the Purse 2014 - Part Two: The Event

March 15, 2014

It was a great event last night, with record-breaking funds raised for Girls Inc. For my part, my bag sold for $2750 (fifth out 14 bags) and Shanin Prusia (with whom I collaborated on the design of the bag) matched the winning bid with a cash donation in addition to...

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Power of the Purse 2014 - Part One:  The Bag

Power of the Purse 2014 - Part One: The Bag

February 04, 2014

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Out with the Old, In with the New...

Out with the Old, In with the New...

December 31, 2013

New Year brings a new space! It seems an appropriate time of year to make some changes. This impending change was not a choice of mine, but, nonetheless, is a big step forward for me personally and especially for my business. My old studio is no longer in existence; the garage...

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iPhone Wallet Review

iPhone Wallet Review

December 12, 2013

Read my first in-depth review from a customer! This customer is a pretty cool person, his name is Neville Black and he is an award winning wedding and portrait photographer living in the Pacific NW. Neville is a photographer who takes a lot of risks with his work and is willing to get uncomfortable because he...

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Power of the Purse 2013

Power of the Purse 2013

February 26, 2013

A few months ago, I was invited to return as a designer for the 2013 Power of the Purse charity auction organized by Girls Inc. of NW Oregon. I had a great time last year when my "hop" bag sold for over $3000, so I readily accepted the invitation for...

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Free People iPhone Wallet

Free People iPhone Wallet

July 02, 2012

A few months ago I was approached by a buyer from Free People about making an exclusive design for an iPhone wallet for sale on their website.  It was to be similar to the iPhone wallets I was already selling on Etsy with a pouch for the phone and a...

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Power of the Purse

Power of the Purse

February 28, 2012

Last November I was contacted by a lady organizing a charity auction for Girls Inc., a nationwide organization that empowers young women. The auction is an annual event called Power of the Purse and it teams local celebrities with local craftspeople to design and create purses that are sold to...

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Custom Double Kindle Carry

Custom Double Kindle Carry

February 16, 2012

I received an order for a custom case that would carry two Kindles at the same time. After some discussion, my client and I decided that it should be a book-style case, the same as my other ones, except with room for a second Kindle under the front cover. He...

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