In an era of expendability, 12 DEGREES WEST handcrafts leather goods that last for generations, items that age with us, items we’re proud to share.
In 2013 I decided to pursue my interest in industrial design, even though at the time I didn't know it, and at the time I was mostly doing it for fun. For years I'd been on the hunt for the right wallet, but I just couldn't find it. So I decided to make it.
A few months later, a friend approached me asking if I would make one for him too. And then another. And then another.
From there I started researching and experimenting with different types of leather and tools, teaching myself how to dye, condition and work with this new medium to create minimal —yet functional— products for carrying devices and everyday items.
12°W makes handcrafted leather goods for carrying everyday items, selecting only top-quality materials that endure and age handsomely.
Why are 12°W products handcrafted?
The simple answer: because it matters.
All of our products are completely handmade. From start to finish, each product is cut, dyed, sewn and packaged by hand.
At 12°W, every stitch counts.
Each product is the result of the creative labor of an intelligent and free artisan. We place value in taking the time to hand-select the best materials, hides, colors and designs that have meaning and functionality. Making these items by hand allows for an attention to detail that cannot be reproduced or imitated by machine or factory.
Attention to detail is one of the reasons we love the opportunity to share these products with you.