Shopping small is one of my favorite ways to shop. I love to support small business owners (especially women-run businesses!) and the product is usually always WAY better than fast fashion. Next up in our Small Business Series is Gale & Hayes! This online shop specializes sustainable and environmentally conscious accessories with a focus on leather goods.
“Natural marks on leather? Yes! The more the better. Made with love and care, your Gale & Hayes may have minor scars, folds, scuffs and marks which are natural characteristics of genuine leather and are not considered defects, but rather, beautiful” – Gale & Hayes
Gale & Hayes uses all USA vegetable tanned leathers that are chemical free to create a top-notch product. I have The Original X Leather handbag that it large enough to fit my phone, wallet, lipsticks, and sunglasses (plus more!!)It’s handstitched together and the care put into this piece is very apparent. All pieces are handmade and made to order, after all! I also have a mini wallet which has quickly become my favorite little accessory! I have some purses that are too tiny to fit my larger wallet, so the Gale & Hayes mini Envelope Clutch is honestly the best way to hold all my cards safely (and in style!)
One thing that I enjoy about really naturally processed leather is how it turns darker with age, get’s softer and how no two pieces are alike. If you’re looking for accessories that are truly original vs. something whipped out in China among 1000’s of others just like it, then check out Gale & Hayes.
On top of small foldover handbags, clutches and wallets, Gale & Hayes makes BEAUTIFUL backpacks. I wish I had this one while in college! They also produce tassels, straps, jewelry, a tech sleeve (perfect for ipads!) and even custom denim jackets! Whether your gifting for a friend or hunting for a forever piece for yourself, I’m sure you’ll find something special and 100% unique at Gale & Hayes.