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Charge in Style

Your man on-the-go will appreciate the streamlined style of this handsomely-crafted credit card sleeve.  Made of Italian leather, and available in brown or black, they are discretely lined in a fashionable yellow lambskin.  Each has four exterior pockets (for credit cards or business cards) and a central pocket, too.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.   LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com). Follow us on Instagram: "leodesignhandsomegifts" Follow us on Facebook: "LEO Design - Handsome Gifts"

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A Key Twist

A handy stocking-stuffer, this clever little keying was crafted of machined brass in Brooklyn, NY.  The twisting form is capped with a screw-in ending—which makes adding (or subtracting) keys a snap.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.   LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com). Follow us on Instagram: "leodesignhandsomegifts" Follow us on Facebook: "LEO Design - Handsome Gifts"

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Black Friday!

Depending on which side of the sales counter you occupy, the well-worn term "Black Friday" may excite you or fill you with dread.  In recent decades, the term has referred to the day after Thanksgiving—the "official start" of the Holiday shopping season. It's the day when a merchant's profit ledger will (hopefully) switch from red ink to black ink. Optimistically, ten-and-a-half months of losses would be reversed by a surge of motivated Holiday shoppers. With this in mind, I present a classic black leather billfold.  With pockets for two different currencies and plenty of room for credit cards, one should be able to conquer Black Friday in style.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.   LEO Design's...

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Simple Quality

Want to make your morning just a little easier?  Consider this simply elegant Victorian English brass shoehorn. While one may continue to jam his fingers between shoe and heel, why not slide-in in style?  You'll make it out the door with a little extra time, a little less struggle, and the satisfaction of using just the right tool for a job well done.  Click on the photo above to learn more about this quality piece.   LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com). Follow us on Instagram: "leodesignhandsomegifts" Follow us on Facebook: "LEO Design - Handsome Gifts"

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Could Thin be Better?

Is a thin wallet better?  In the case of this Italian leather billfold, you may think so. Hand-stitched tan calfskin is lined with a handsome (and classy) navy blue interior—just a small touch that demonstrates a lot of taste.  Even more surprising is the butter-soft lambskin (in yellow) which lines the hidden cash pocket.  Its streamlined silhouette makes it less-bulky, perfect for jeans or a fitted jacket.  It's part of a small collection of leather goods, now showing in our on-line store.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.    LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com)....

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Island Maiden

A winsome dancer sways to the music on this pair of cufflinks made of Honolulu Rapid Transit tokens, first minted in the 1950's.  Sterling silver mountings complete the assembly. Please click on the photo above to learn more about them.   LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com). Follow us on Instagram: "leodesignhandsomegifts" Follow us on Facebook: "LEO Design - Handsome Gifts"

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Oaken Satisfaction

This handsome business card case must be held to be fully appreciated!  Japanese oak is hand-shaped to a softly-tapered point (see the reflection in the photo) and lacquered to a warm, wooden glow.  It feels wonderful in the hand—silky, precise— and the magnetic latch closes the hinged lid with a soft and satisfying snap.  It's certain to catch an admiring eye, sliding out of a tailored jacket's breast pocket.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.   LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com). Follow us on Instagram: "leodesignhandsomegifts" Follow us on Facebook: "LEO Design - Handsome Gifts"...

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French Classic

Here' another handsome piece by French knife-maker Laguiole.  The hand-forged stainless steel knife is clad in white cow horn (which has the look of ivory) and is capped with polished stainless steel bolsters.  Of course, the knife is finished with the classic hand-chiseled bee (and spine) and it displays the stainless pins which form a stylized cross on one side.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.   LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com). Follow us on Instagram: "leodesignhandsomegifts" Follow us on Facebook: "LEO Design - Handsome Gifts"

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Skin of Armor

From a collection of American alligator wallets, now in-stock at LEO Design: a slim, bi-fold credit card wallet. Its svelte profile is perfectly tailored for streamlined dressing and its natural, hand-rubbed finish will develop a beautiful, soft sheen with continued use.  The alligators are farmed in Florida and Louisiana, and the wallets are hand-stitched in New England.  It's one of many wallet styles, now to be found in our on-line shop.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about this one.   LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com). Follow us on Instagram: "leodesignhandsomegifts" Follow us on Facebook: "LEO Design...

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What To Do?

What to do?  What to do?  What to do?  These hand-crafted cast pewter tokens will help you make executive decisions with ease—whether you should "Risk It" or "Play It Safe."  Made in California and sold in sets of four.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about them.   LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com). Follow us on Instagram: "leodesignhandsomegifts" Follow us on Facebook: "LEO Design - Handsome Gifts"

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Autumn Shades - part V

Warm brass, warm heart.  This little hand-sculpted, cast pewter heart is finished with a brassy wash and fitted with a keyring.  Useful, handsome and sentimental. Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.   LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com). Follow us on Instagram: "leodesignhandsomegifts" Follow us on Facebook: "LEO Design - Handsome Gifts"

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Key to a Heart

Wonderfully tactile, this pewter heart makes a lovely keyring—and a handsome, sentimental gift.  It comes in both the original pewter (shown) and a brassy finish.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.   LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com). Follow us on Instagram: "leodesignhandsomegifts" Follow us on Facebook: "LEO Design - Handsome Gifts"

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Scottish Agate

The Scots love their stones.  Durable, rustic, handsome; like the Scots themselves, these stones are at once attractive and, yet, humble. Naturally adorned.  Not necessarily precious.  I never get tired of Scotland and I never get tired of collecting these Late-Nineteenth or Early Twentieth Century pill boxes.  Although they are best reserved for lighter duty—on […]

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A Stud in the Hand…

As the saying reminds us, “A stud in the hand is worth two under the bed.”  Keep your shirt studs (and collar stays) safe and sound (an in one place) with these English leather stud boxes from the 1930’s and 1940’s.  They also make a great place to keep rings, cufflinks or (on a desk) […]

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Vesta

Vesta was the Roman goddess of family, home and hearth—a virgin symbolized by the flame which would burn at her temples throughout the Empire.  Her name is believed to be derived from the word “to burn” and her Greek equivalent was Hestia. “Vestal Virgins” were the women dedicated to serving Vesta in her temples.  Vesta […]

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A Roll in the Leaves

We sell a lot of men’s personal accessories including money clips.  The example above, made in a small Philadelphia metal smithy, is crafted of annealed bronze—a process by which metal is heated and slowly cooled, thus strengthening the metal and enhancing its ability to hold its bend.  But, before it is annealed, the flattened strip […]

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Stylishly Functional

You’d be surprised how many people ask, “Do you have any keychains?”  We always do and I’m always looking for nice, new offerings.  This just in:  a solid brass loop with a threaded knob on one end.  It’s practical (as a keychain should be), simple and stylish. Please come into the shop to see it […]

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Swig in Style

It takes nearly as much effort and expense to cast an ugly bottle as it does a beautiful one. This was my thought while pouncing upon this Edwardian English flask during my last trip to London.  The swirling glass brings a wonderful tactility to the flask and the cross-hatch effect gives endless movement to it […]

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New English Receipts – part X

Wrist watches were invented as early as the Elizabethan period; history tells us that Queen Elizabeth received a wrist watch from “Her Special Subject” Robert Dudley in 1571.  It took a long time for them to catch-on, however, and it was mostly women who wore them—and few at that.  Men continued to wear pocket watches […]

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Aesthetically Exquisite

I don’t use the word “sublime” a lot—I guess I dislike hyperbole.  Nevertheless, these newly-received Japanese business card holders are just that.  Made of hand-crafted and hand-lacquered oak, they are beautifully sculpted and finished—and a delight to hold.  A tiny, embedded magnet closes the hinged top with a satisfying “snap.”  Available in a medium brown […]

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Labor Day Leathercraft

Happy Labor Day, a day set-aside to honor the working men and women that have made—and continue to make—our country great. And give them an extra day of rest!  Amongst our country’s laborers are the talented artisans who work with their hands, making beautiful and useful objects that simplify and improve our lives.  One such […]

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Be Prepared

From Laguiole, France comes this collection of handsome (and useful) pocket knives. Hardened stainless steel blades are clad in exotic hardwoods.  Polished brass bolsters complete the look.  At 3.75″ long (when closed), the size is big enough to be useful but small enough to be kept in one’s pocket.  At front: Thuya wood.  Behind (left-to-right): […]

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Time for Dad

As a dad gets older—and wiser—he realizes that time is his most precious resource.  Help him monitor his asset with this handsome and classic watch by Ole Mathieson.  Designed in Copenhagen in 1962, these watches are still made by the family firm.  The watch above, with beautifully scripted Arabic numerals, has a battery-operated Swiss quartz […]

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Ready to Roll

We continue our little run of handsome (alcohol-related) Father’s Day gifts with this stainless steel hip flask.  Though contemporary, the design is based on an 18th Century English design which was popular in Colonial America.  It has a softly-curved, concave back and holds one-half of a pint.  $75.00. Please come into the shop to see […]

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Electronics Under Covers

While I generally lament the “electronification” of modern life, in this case, it’s provided a handsome and useful opportunity.  Shown above, a small range of luxurious leather sleeves for one’s indispensable modern gadgetry.  Italian calfskin—in rich, caramel tan or deep navy blue—is stitched into brass-zipped pouches. Inside, the pieces are lined in pebbled goatskin. And, […]

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Repp Striped Wallets

Schoolboy repp stripes smartly dress these Japanese leather-lined credit card wallets. Choose from three color combinations:  {navy/red} or {royal/yellow/white} or {navy/brown}. Simultaneously handsome and fun.  $85.00 Please come into the shop to see them for yourself or call us for additional information. More great Father’s Day gifts tomorrow.

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My Sweet Mother

Perfume has long been a favorite Mother’s Day gift.  How about a perfume bottle?  These crystal vessels, hand-blown in Sweden in the 1950’s and 1960’s, take the form of gourds, pears, and more-classic geometric or teardrop shapes.  Each has a little stopper which doubles as a perfume dauber—some daubers are long, some daubers are short. […]

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John Pierpont Morgan

On this day in 1837, “J.P.” (John Pierpont) Morgan was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Among America’s most notorious “Titans of Industry,” he was a noted banker,  financier and deal-maker—and a man who collected art with the same passion with which he collected corporations.  Morgan created both General Electric and U.S. Steel by merging smaller, regional […]

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A Valentines Idea for Her . . .

Just in: a nice collection of Swedish Mid-Century crystal perfume bottles.  Made by Orrefors or Kosta Boda in the 1950’s or 1960’s, each piece is a rather remarkable work of craftsmanship.  Shown front-and-center, a pear-shaped bottle, whose stem has become the perfectly-fit bottle stopper.  Other shapes exhibit various degrees of glass cutting and geometry. A […]

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Happy Father’s Day

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years!”   – Mark Twain A word of thanks and a wish of […]

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Berets from Brighton

While in Brighton, England last week, I met an enterprising, young artist selling her hand-decorated berets on an outdoor stall.  I thought them jolly without being flamboyant—just perfect for a Holiday party or a “Stocking Stuffer” gift .  I bought-up an assortment, some of them shown above.  Come into the store and see the complete […]

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Time and Tide…

“Time and Tide wait for no man.” Whether the phrase is Geoffrey Chaucer’s or not, it happens to be true.  Also true: tonight we must turn our clocks back. The watch, pictured above, is by Ole Mathiesen, Copenhagen.  It is part of the Mathiesen range of timepieces carried at LEO Design.  Please visit the shop […]

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