I started working with leather in 2013 and launched Smiths & Kings with the idea of designing and making high quality goods at an affordable price. With a graphic design background, I emphasize a clean design with a maximum functionality in all my products.
Our philosophy begins at the intersection of high quality and timeless design. I make goods that you’ll want to use and hold onto. I strive to find the balance in making products that are beautiful but also useful, and it all begins with high quality craftsmanship that I put into each product. Every product that comes out of my shop is made to be used, and used hard.
My commitment to ensuring high quality craftsmanship begins with the process of hand stitching all of my products. Equally important is giving my customers the confidence in knowing there is someone on the other end of the wallet personally making sure that every stitch, every detail, and every product is made with them in mind. When designing new products, the customer experience is constantly on my mind. I always ask myself how the product will be used so that I can make sure that it is useful in your daily life. If you like to sketch and you like to carry a field notebook, what can I do to create a design that allows you to carry your everyday essentials, but also gives you easy access to your notebook? The Indy wallet makes that experience possible. If you have a wedding to go to and you need something that holds just the minimal items to avoid bulk in your suit pockets, the Ludwig keeps things simple for you. These customer experiences are the foundation for what we want to accomplish.
It's important for me to make goods that are designed to last because with use, they will start to tell the story of the user’s life. There is nothing better and more custom than a leather wallet or a case that you've had for 5, 10, 15 years that is still going strong and has created a beautiful patina the reflects your life experiences.