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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.
Hannah: Manages our social media marketing and web content. Her favorite parts of the job are meeting people who come in person to our studio, networking with local makers and getting likes on Instagram.
When she’s not at her desk typing away you can find her walking to a yoga class, sampling the best gluten-free food Portland has to offer or chilling at home with her husband and Netflix.
Sergei: Is our production maestro. As well as being a professor at Portland State, Sergei can stitch, rivet and sew each and every one of our products to perfection and is equally comfortable teaching here in the Hand and Hide studio or in the classroom.
Sergei lives in SE Portland with his son and loves spending his free time camping, rock climbing and literally biking everywhere he goes.
Mallory: Is both a production pro and a master of design. She has a real passion for leathercraft and a background in product and graphic design, she designs all our print materials and is in charge of branding.
When she's not sharing her talents with us she can be found experiencing the quiet of the river as whitewater rafting guide, and she loves to travel.
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