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Hand and Hide is a leather goods store for those who don’t believe in borders or boundaries. Whose hearts and minds are open to all people and ideas. At Hand and Hide we strive to exemplify those values while equipping those who love to adventure and explore with convenient and elegant leather travel goods and practical phone wallet cases that are as beautiful as they are functional.
Our leather goods are born from travel. Owner and designer Jeff Amrhein was making his way through the Middle East and Africa on a photography expedition when he was in need of a new camera bag. He was finally frustrated enough with the standard factory-made camera bags that were available that he decided to make his own.
Walking through the souks of Marrakesh he asked craftsman after craftsman to help him customize a leather bag so it would suit his camera. Each one sent him onto the next craftsman claiming they had no time. Finally, Jeff found a man sewing cushions who offered to teach him how to modify the bag himself.
Jeff didn’t leave what he learned behind him... On his return home, Jeff realized the love he’d developed for leather making was far from forgotten. He started out stitching small leather projects in his garage, learning to tool, mold and engrave along the way. After a few years and many requests for his goods - particularly his leather phone wallets - Jeff renamed his venture from Nomad-Unlimited to Hand and Hide. He moved into a sunny studio space in the old Ford Building on Division in Southeast PDX and the rest is history.
With our in house laser engraving technology, hand-stitched precision, and Jeff’s product designing background your imagination is your only limit.
We create leather phone wallet cases, as well as leather bicycle bags, totes and travel accessories all made with high-quality full-grain leathers. Call or email now to get your custom leather adventure on its way.
Founder and owner Jeff Amrhein personally trains each new employee in the art of leather making. We are all involved in the creation of your leather goods in some capacity but besides making we also wear a few other hats here at Hand and Hide. Below you can get to know a little bit about each us and what else we do to keep Hand and Hide running smoothly.
Jeff: Is the one who started it all and with his background in product design and photography he has brought a unique flavor (or twist) to the leather goods industry.
Jeff does all of our product design and is the guru of making your custom requests come to life in leather. Off the job, Jeff loves climbing, hiking, kayaking, remodeling his house and biking around his neighborhood in Northeast Portland.
Sara: Is our Director of Operations and general Ray of Sunshine which is indispensable in a studio workspace. Sara manages day-to-day operations, our production team, as well as wholesale and customer communications.
A budding member of the sustainability community, Sara loves tending her chickens, perfecting her homemade kombucha and making books out of any material imaginable. She lives in outer SE with her husband, cat and many houseplants.
Michael: Our primary production wizard. He takes whatever Jeff designs and Sara cuts out and figures out how to put it all together.
When he’s not working away in the studio here, he can be found exploring Portland by bike with his son.
Susie: Our official production butt-kicker. When we need something done we know we can count on Susie.
Susie's other gig is in construction, so you may have seen her working in one of Portland's many building sites.
Yukon: Studio mascot and fetcher of balls.
Yukon loves to dream of chasing squirrels and sleeps most of the day.