Black Friday


Bill Amberg English Zip 'Round Wallet of Black Vegetable Dyed Calfskin (LEO Design)


It's Black Friday.  And it's one month 'til Christmas.  Time for action!

Many moons ago, when I first began my retail career, the term "Black Friday" seemed to be used solely within the industry—by the people who worked in the shopkeeping business.  All retailers (then and now) hope that Black Friday, which marks the start of the Holiday selling season, will be the day when the shop's ledgers will be transfigured, like magic, from red to black (from loss to profit).  While it's true that November and December enjoy greater sales than most other months, Black Friday rarely marks a definitive turning point—the precise moment—when the bookkeeper dips his quill into a different pot of ink.

Today, the term Black Friday commonly is recognized and used by the general public.  In fact, retailers often utilize the term in their advertising and promotional campaigns.  In the last 30 years, "Black Friday" has become a household word—and often an important date in the family's datebook.

The British wallet shown above, made by Bill Amberg London, is hand-stitched of vegetable dyed calfskin—which will develop a rich and wonderful patina with handling.  The zipper fastens three sides of the wallet, giving this sophisticated accessory a refined, urban edge.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248