Leather Artisan Launches Line of Handcrafted Luggage Tags

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Tagsmith, a leather accessories company that specializes in luxury luggage tags, has officially launched. Steve Neal, the craftsman behind the brand, combines timeless leatherworking techniques with a fresh eye for hip design and modern style.

Neal says, ”I wanted to give travelers a way to be stylish and to identify their bag with a durable tag that was made to last.”

Leather goods company, Tagsmith, has officially launched its line of handcrafted leather luggage tags. Owner Steve Neal founded Tagsmith with the intention of creating a high quality unique accessory for the style conscious traveler.

Neal is an accomplished leather artisan, known for a hand dying technique called “block dying”. He has created custom leather goods as diverse as belts, hand stitched journals, and handbags. However, Neal chose to start a line of luggage tags because, as he says, “There just weren’t any cool, quality tags out there.”

Every time he walked through an airport, Neal said that he noticed travelers resorting to unattractive means of identifying their luggage; attaching loud scraps of fabric or cheap plastic tags to their suitcases in hopes of finding them more easily on the baggage carousels. Neal says, “I wanted to give them a way to be stylish and to identify their bag with a durable tag that was made to last.”

The development of Neal’s interest in design can be traced back to the years he spent playing upright bass in various roots rock bands and being part of the West Coast punk and alternative country music scenes. His love of traditional western gear and Old California style also contributes to his personal aesthetic.

When he couldn’t find the leather accessories that he wanted, he decided to learn how to make them himself. He studied leatherworking with a master leather artisan, during which time he learned to apply his original aesthetic to the creation of high quality leather goods. Neal explains, “In studying the leather arts, I also gained a deep appreciation for the leather craftsmen who were historically the heart of many of the European luxury brands. I try to incorporate their eye for subtlety into my creations.”

Tagsmith provides the stylish traveler with a truly unique accessory that is beautiful, practical, and crafted for durability. Each tag is made from vegetable tanned leather supplied by American tanneries, nickel-plated brass hardware, and the highest quality thread and dyes.

For more information about Tagsmith, contact Steve Neal:
email: steve(at)tagsmithoriginals(dot)com
phone: 818-517-7414
website: http://www.tagsmithoriginals.com


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